WISE—Recent cool weather is a reminder that autumn is around the corner, and with it comes the 33rd annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling Festival held in historic downtown Wise.
Held each year on the second weekend in October, this year’s Fall Fling is set for Oct. 8-9 with pre-festival activities beginning a week before the main event. Local folks can begin getting into the festive spirit along with the 2011 theme, “Better Together,” by working on entries for art, photo and essay contests. Entry details are available at wise fallfling.com.
This year’s Fall Fling will feature a slightly different layout from years past. Musical performances once held on the courthouse lawn will be moved to Big Glades Community Square, a recently completed amphitheater facility, as will the talent show and other festival staples.
Other new features of this year’s festival include an acoustic “Pickin’ Porch” jam session on the front porch of the historic Inn at Wise and a Senior Citizens’ Day featuring bingo, free food, prizes and a beauty contest.
Back for another year are classic Fall Fling features including a wide variety of handmade mountain crafts, a variety of foods, commercial exhibits, a Kids’ Korner featuring inflatables and other kid-friendly activities, a storefront decorating contest, health fair, library book giveaway and library card signup, and more.
Pre-Fling events include the Little Miss Fall Fling pageant on Oct. 1 at L.F. Addington Middle School; Senior Citizens Day activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 5, at Big Glades; Paint-A-Can from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Oct. 6, where kids and kids at heart can paint trash cans to keep the festival clean; Oct. 6 evening talent show at Big Glades as well as a fashion show at Turning 360.
Oct. 7 activities include a community yard sale beginning at 9 a.m., the annual Trinity United Methodist Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and First Bank & Trust’s Soup Bean Dinner/Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 7.
Saturday, Oct. 8, activities will include a 5K run with registration beginning at 8 a.m., the annual Chili Cookoff starting at 10 a.m., the Pickin’ Porch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Miss, Teen and Pre-Teen Pageants starting at 7:30 p.m. at the J.W. Adams Combined School auditorium; an all-day health fair, and the 9th annual Walk for PAWS, along with a pet adoption event.
This year’s entertainment will include Angel Mefford, Ron Short, the Center Stage Cloggers, Robin and Dan Kessinger, the Sonlites, Pine Mountain Grass, the White Top Mountain Band, the South Mountain Boys, the Watauga Mountain Boys, Benny Jones & CMT Country, the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums, the King’s Messengers, Jimmy Mullins & the Biscuit Burners, Appalachian Strings, Kody Norris, and Taylor Cochran.
For a full list of events and activities, detailed schedules and more information, visit wise fallfling.com.