Planning Tips for Hands & Harvest

Highland Farmers Market
Customers line-up to snag their ag goodies at the Highland Farmers’ Market (Photo Credit: The Highland Center)

Every year on the second full weekend in October, the Highland County Hands & Harvest Festival celebrates the culmination of the area’s agricultural production season with maple sugar camps, farm tours, apple butter, the Highland Farmers’ Market, maple doughnuts, local honey, local cider, and more. On Friday – Sunday, October 11-13, 2019, visitors can traverse throughout the county and experience farm life amidst the vibrant, autumnal, rolling hills that lovingly embrace the fields and farmlands of Highland County.

Even though Highland County is one of the smallest counties in Virginia, there is still a lot of ground to cover. Here are a few notes to help you plan your Hands & Harvest trip:

 

New festival attractions this year include:

 

LSC 2019 Team Pic cropped
The Little Switzerland Cloggers perform Saturday at 1 pm! (Photo Credit: Sundance Studio & Productions.)

In addition to new live entertainment listed above, festival goer’s can enjoy these returning favorites:

Additional Fun Festival Activities:

  • FRIDAY APPLE PEEL & COOK: At Laurel Fork Sapsuckers Sugar Camp
  • HARVEST TRAIL: A self-guided farm tour throughout Highland County. (Visit the Hands & Harvest webpage to download a digital map!)
  • ANNUAL HANDS & HARVEST ROD RUN: A car show at the Blue Grass Ruritan Club
  • FAIR LAWN FARM: Learn about old-time traditions on an charming, historic, family farm
Fair Lawn Farm
Fair Lawn Farm owner Tim Duff shows young visitors how to peel an apple. (Photo Credit: Fair Lawn Farm)

Returning Favorites:

For more detailed festival information, visit the Highland County Chamber of Commerce website or call (540) 468-2550. We hope to see you at Hands & Harvest!

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