Deadline Approaching for Maple Festival Vendor Applications & Voting is Open in Virginia Living Magazine Survey

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is busy planning for the return of the Highland County Maple Festival.  The festival will be held the weekends of March 12 – 13 and 19 – 20.  The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking one-of-a-kind vendors for the juried arts and crafts show.  The Chamber is looking for vendors interested in being part of the tradition, to have their creations seen by thousands of visitors at the festival.   The deadline for vendors to apply is 9am on Monday, January 17th.   For more information on the Highland County Maple Festival visit

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce has also announced that Virginia Living Magazine’s Best of Virginia 2022 Readers’ Survey is now open.  The survey runs through January 31.  To vote for your favorites, visit

A number of Bath and Highland County businesses and attractions are nominated, in the Shenandoah Valley Region, in various categories.  You can even write-in your favorites in each category.

Some local businesses featured are:

Fine DiningWaterwheel Restaurant At Gristmill Square
ChocolatierSusanna’s Confections
CideryBig Fish Cider, Co.
Entertainment for Adults: Southeastern Archery
Festival: Highland County Maple Festival
Love Sign: LOVEwork in Highland County
Bed & Breakfast: The Inn at Gristmill Square
Hotel: The Omni Homestead Resort
Resort: The Omni Homestead Resort
Golf Course: The Cascades at the The Omni Homestead Resort
Spa: The Spa at the The Omni Homestead Resort
Real Estate Firm: James Wm. Moore Real Estate Co.
Bank: DuPont Community Credit Union
Funeral Home: Obaugh Funeral Home
Men’s Clothing: Rockingham Cooperative and Twice is Nice
Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitters: Alleghany Outfitters at The Omni Homestead Resort and Rockingham Cooperative
Women’s Clothing: First Lady at the The Omni Homestead Resort

Story By

Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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