October 12–13, 2019 @ Various Venues
When the nights begin to get cooler, leaves commence their annual drop from branches, and the colors of fall start to make their grand appearance—people near and far know that the Wise Fall Fling is fast approaching. Scheduled for the second weekend in October each year, the 41st Annual Wise County Famous Fall fling is held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, in downtown, historic Wise, Virginia. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festivities continue Sunday from 12- 5 p.m.
As lots of folks schedule homecomings or visits home during The Fall Fling, the Fall Fling committee chose “Welcome Home” as its theme this year.
The event features more than 125 vendors selling crafts, food, jewelry and more. Live traditional music ranging from banjos to bagpipes is played at Big Glades Square on Main Street. The Fall Fling also features essay, photo and art contests, a 5K race, a Kids Korner, and the Anything Apples Contest.
As visitors peruse the wares of craft vendors, live traditional music ranging from banjos to bagpipes is played from two stages. This jam-packed line-up includes Amanda Fields, Right Fork Ramblers, Sycamore Hollow, Sunrise Ridge, High Test Grass, William Caudill and Cross Country Bluegrass, the Country Cabin Line Dancers, and more.
White Top Mountain Band performs on each stage Saturday afternoon: at 2:30 p.m. at Big Glades and at 4 p.m. at The Wise Inn. The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia.
The Kevin Prater Band headlines the Saturday afternoon concert on the main stage at Big Glades Amphitheatre at 4:45 p.m. The Kevin Prater Band sound comes from a wide range of influences and musical heroes. The Original Seldom Scene, The Country Gentlemen, Osborne Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Red Allen, The Stanley Brothers, Boone Estep & The Ramblin Grass are among the different styles of music they have all admired and studied together throughout the years. Also steeped in the tradition of gospel music, they pride themselves on the a capella hymns and gospel songs that people have come to enjoy.