WISE — Fall foliage is cranking toward its peak across the mountains of Southwest Virginia and for the 34th year nature’s autumn color portfolio provides a blazing backdrop for the Wise County Famous Fall Fling on Main Street in Wise.
The Fall Fling schedule for Saturday and Sunday is 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon through 6 p.m. on Sunday, but things get simmering early today Friday with the annual community yard sale from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. at yards all across town and particularly the grassy spot below Wise Baptist Church.
First Bank & Trust will host its customer appreciation day lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Friday with a serving of soup beans, hot dogs, drinks and live music. One lunch per person, please! And Trinity United Methodist Church will host its always popular annual Spaghetti Supper in the Fellowship Hall from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon Friday the Wise County Career Technical Center will host a Fall Fling Open House with free music and prizes, as well as a car show, free health check and a visit with the Wise Volunteer Fire Department and “Spanky.”
Saturday truly is a fling with the annual celebration of authentic Appalachian arts and crafts to include over 100 vendors. Visit with renowned artisan demonstrators such as Mark Ramsey, Bill Dotten, Ganell Marshall, Chuck Miller and Robert Smith and discover a dazzling array of arts and crafts ranging from wood, pottery, art, photography and candles to antiques, Native American crafts, traditional Appalachian crafts, coal memorabilia, corn shuck dolls, gold panning and much, much more.
The Pickin’ Porch will stage performances on the Courthouse Lawn Saturday and Sunday, and registration for a 5K Run and 1 Mile Fitness Walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the L.F. Addington Middle School Gym. Registration for Walk For Paws begins at 9:30 a.m., with the walk at 10 a.m., at the Kids Korner area, and a pet contest groomed by Critter Sitters will begin at 2 p.m.
Plus, the annual chili cook-off gets cookin’ at 9 a.m. Saturday, just one of an assortment of contests that include photography, art, essays, youth art, and the annual Miss Fall Fling Pageant at 7:30 p.m. at the J.W. Adams Performing Arts Center.
Also Saturday will be the Don C. Hall Memorial Baseball Classic at Central High School at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, the entertainment schedule at the town’s Big Glades amphitheater for Saturday will include performances by Angel Mefford, South Mountain Boys, Center Stage Cloggers, King’s Messengers, White Top Mountain Band, Blue Grass Circle, Papa Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek, Kaitlyn Baker, and Benny Jones & CMT Country.
Sunday’s offerings include a 1 p.m. Bicycle Poker Ride at the middle school parking lot and a reprise of Saturday’s 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quilt Turning Workshop/Demo at Christ Lutheran Church from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
As always children will have oodles of ways to wear themselves and their caregivers out all weekend long with bouncy rides and the like, as well as Wise VFD Fire Truck rides, Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic, face painting, gold panning, punkin’ painting and entertainment by a juggler and a magician!
Sunday’s entertainment schedule at Big Glades includes the Appalachian Highlands Pipes & Drums at noon, the Country Cabin Line Dancers at 1 p.m., Dennis Cove Band at 1:30 p.m., Jimmy Mullins & The Biscuit Burners at 2:30 p.m., Kody Norris & The Watauga Mountain Boys at 4:30 p.m., and the New Harvest Brothers at 5:30 p.m., all emcee’d by Andy Shepherd. So bring your lawn chairs, kick back and enjoy!