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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 31, 2016 - Saturday, September 3, 2016
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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 fair is ended on Saturday with a fireworks display.

    Date:
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - Saturday, September 3, 2016

    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

  • Hot Springs
    Labor Day Celebration
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Monday, September 5, 2016
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    7696 Sam Snead Highway
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Celebrate the end of summer and The Omni Homestead's 250th anniversary all in one fun-filled, fabulous weekend.   There will be no end to the festivities starting with a concert by Harley Boone on Thursday night from 8pm-9:30pm, fireworks on Friday, family carnival on Saturday and our cookout on Sunday on the Casino Lawn with music from Harley Boone from 4:30pm-7:30pm.    The festivities will conclude with a SECOND Fireworks show on the Driving Range.   This is not a weekend to miss!    

    Date:
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Monday, September 5, 2016

    Telephone:
    800-838-1766

    Email:
    stay@thehomestead.com

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

  • Hot Springs
    Farmers Market: Bath County
    Saturday, September 3, 2016
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    Natural Retreats Park on Main Main Street
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Join us for our local food festival the first Saturday of the month, bringing together local growers, producers and artisans offering locally grown produce, grass fed beef, lamb and pastured pork, country eggs, cut flowers, fresh herbs, raw honey, local maple syrup, fresh baked goods, jams & jellies, and unique artisan crafts.  Live music each week, delicious food from local food truck vendors, free kids activities and lots of fun in a beautiful mountain setting! August 6th:  Music by Juanita Fireball & The Continental Drifters September 3rd:  Music by The Strum Sum Band October 1st:  Music by Southern Rail Express

    Date:
    Saturday, September 3, 2016(9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-6644

    Email:
    bacofarmmkt@yahoo.com

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

  • Monterey
    Valley AeroSpace Team Rocket Launch
    Saturday, September 10, 2016
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    2939 Jackson River Road
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding Rocket Launches at its Jack Mountain Village Launch Site off of Route 220, approximately 3 miles south of Monterey, Virginia.  Rockets of all sizes will be flown but is subject to participation and the weather (visit our website www.valleyaerospace.com for launch status).  Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.  Come to watch or bring your own rockets to fly with us!  Kids get to fly and take home their very own rocket.  Please contact vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com for more information.

    Date:
    Saturday, September 10, 2016(11:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Contact Cell Phone: 540-280-8908

    Email:
    vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com

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

  • Millboro
    Campsite Cook Off
    Saturday, September 17, 2016
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460

    The Douthat State Park Campsite Cok Off is located in the Whispering Pines Campground. $5 Admission fee for Spectators. Children ages 10 & under enter free. Admission includes tastings from the 22 competing teams. Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Lexington, VA will have their signature craft beers onsite Saturday for spectators to enjoy with the purchase of beer tickets for $3 each. ID is required.  Spectators will need to park at Immanual Baptist Church on Saturday. Shuttles will run to and from the event. Sunday parking will be in Whispering Pines Campground. Live entertainment on Saturday: Faded Travelers, Michael Armstrong, Chad Nickell & The Loose Change and Steele Country.  

    Date:
    Saturday, September 17, 2016(11:00 AM

    Telephone:
    540-862-8114

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

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