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Welcome to Virginia’s Western Highlands, where mountain views and old-fashioned charm can be found around every bend in the road.

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This four-county region is a land of contrasts. It’s home to unspoiled vistas that have barely changed in centuries as well as a world-class resort frequented by celebrities and presidents. Old-fashioned Americana lives on in charming small towns that offer a sophisticated artistic and cultural scene enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Take your time and wander the many back roads and scenic byways. Discover a favorite picnic spot or a secluded fishing hole. The more you explore, the more you’ll fall in love with Virginia’s Western Highlands.

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Upcoming Events
  • Monterey
    Highland County, VA Country Fair
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    386 Myers Moon Rd.
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Highland County Fair is Virginia’s longest continually running county fair. Focusing on fun for the entire family, this event features a carnival and midway with games and rides for all ages, a demolition derby, and a truck and tractor-pulling contest. Additional activities include livestock shows, a dog show, a horse show, clogging, music and much more. This exciting family-fun event ends on Saturday with a beautiful fireworks display. 

    Date:
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-468-2179
    540-468-2225
    During Fair Week: 540-468-2639

    Email:
    highlandfairinfo@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/HighlandCountyVACountryFair

  • Clifton Forge
    Big Mama Shakes
    Friday, September 8, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    4301 Longdale Furnace Rd
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    WHY WE LIKE EM': The fresh, Southern Americana Rock sounds of Big Mama Shakes, is likable and fun, and it makes us feel nostalgic. Their commanding stage presence and originality is a reminder of the Rock Stars of yore. Influenced by Springsteen, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison and CCR, these boys have carved out a unique niche in the modern Rock n' Roll genre. CHECK THEM OUT IF: You Like Singing in the Shower, Sipping a "Cold One" After Work, Cant Help But Look Twice When You See a 70's Hot Rod, & Still Love Your Worn Out Jeans. WHY YOU SHOULD SEE THEM: This Americana Rock Band out of Richmond, VA, was one of the 2017 Homecoming Festival "Fan Favorites," and they're well on their way to THE BIG TIME. It is possible that BMS fans won't have too many more of these intimate opportunities to catch them before they're shelling out the big bucks to watch them on a jumbo-tron. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Hardcore EDM Fans OPENING ACT: Chad Nickell & The Loose Change FOOD TRUCKS: The Dirty Bean & Fork in the Road. WHAT TO BRING: Bring a Blanket, or Camping Chair. No Coolers; Beverages On-Site. TICKETS: $10 in Advance $15 at the Gate. 

    Date:
    Friday, September 8, 2017(7:00 PM - 11:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    Mobile: 434-962-5822

    Email:
    info@thefarmatglenhaven.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BigMamaShakes

  • Millboro
    Odyssey Trail Running Rampage
    Saturday, September 9, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460

    The Odyssey Trail Running Rampage will bring in Fall with four great trail running races: the Trail Six-Miler, the Trail Half Marathon, the Trail Marathon, and the 40 mile Trail Ultra. These trail races will give athletes the opportunity to run on some of the best trails in the Southeast at a gorgeous state park nestled in the mountains of Virginia, Douthat State Park. Get together with family and friends this weekend at Douthat State Park to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, paddling, fishing, and relaxing.

    Date:
    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-444-4422

    Email:
    Ronny@oarevents.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/OdysseyTrailRunningRampage

  • Millboro
    Bath County Fair
    Saturday, September 16, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    411 Church Street
    Millboro, VA 24460

    Enjoy food, music, entertainment, vendors and games. Enter contest exhibits and participate in the dog show! Fair booklets and raffle tickets are available at the County of Bath Office of Tourism, Bath County Chamber of Commerce, Millboro Elementary School and VCE-Bath County. For more information, call Kari at 540.839.7261.

    Date:
    Saturday, September 16, 2017(10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-7261

    Email:
    karis@vt.edu

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BathCountyFair

  • Millboro
    Campsite Cook Off
    Saturday, September 16, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460

    The 2nd Annual Campsite Cook Off at Douthat State Park is hosted by Douthat SPEED Group on Saturday September 16. 21 contestants will be competing for $1,000 over all winner. Contestants will be given meats the night before, unknown to them what they will be cooking, provided by SPEED. Spectators are encouraged to come sample all the meats that are being cooked, enjoy some great wine and beer, and also enjoy live music entertainment and dancing for an admission fee of $10...Kids 10 and under get in free. More details to come later. -Thanks to our sponsors Douthat S.P.E.ED Group and Devils Backbone Brewing Company

    Date:
    Saturday, September 16, 2017(11:00 AM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-8114

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/CampsiteCookOff

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