This is the time of the year when I begin to gear up for Autumn and Christmas sales. The big kick-off for me begins with the Valle Country Fair, located in a giant field in Valle Crucis. My usual location is on Crab Orchard Rd. This festival filled with hundreds of crafts people and vendors selling their wares, projects the spirit of an old time country fair. Apples, honey, artisans tents and a music stage draw visitors from far and wide. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the onset of fall, showcasing the beautiful canopy of leaves on the surrounding mountainside. The festival provides a venue for the congregation of the Holy Cross Episcopal Church to raise funds for community outreach. This fair, started in 1979, has provided over $1 million to help many families in need in the High Country.
This year has presented a number of problems and changes for festival organizers, crafts people and festival visitors. The Covid-19 virus is alive and well in NC, so this festival, along with so many others, has chosen to take the safe route and follow state guidelines and not hold their event. Not to be stopped from providing funds to local families in need, the Valle Country Fair has gone virtual! Their website provides entry into a large number of artisans websites and an opportunity to purchase VCF garments and other delectable goodies one might normally find at the fair.
I am a part of this virtual fair and am grateful I was able to get my website up and running in time to participate. Ten percent of all purchases from my website entered through the VCF website will be given to Holy Cross to distribute to those who are truly in need, so be sure to send me a message letting me know you are purchasing through their website. The fair is underway and will continue through October 17th. This year, due to the virus, more people than ever before are in need, so head on over to the Valle Country Fair website, or shop at my site, so that my contribution will help make a difference.