Highland County Maple Festival Voted “Best Unique Festival”

According to a press release from the Highland County Chamber of Commerce, the Highland County Maple Festival has been announced as the Best Unique Festival in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s 2023 Best of the Blue Ridge.

The Highland County Maple Festival was previously awarded as a runner up in the Unique Festival category in 2022.

Beginning last October, readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors nominated their favorite outdoor businesses, events, and destinations in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, and then voted for the best-of-the-best.  This year, the magazine received over 200,000 total votes in the fifty categories of Best of the Blue Ridge.

Winners will be featured in the 2023 February issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Visit http://bit.ly/3Ha0P41 to view the full list of winners and runners-up.  For 27 years, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has been the definitive guide to all things outdoors in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. The magazine is distributed from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

The 63rd Highland County Maple Festival will be held March 11-12 and 18-19, 2023.  There will be 10 open sugar camps with unique techniques and stories for visitors to explore for free.  In addition to pancake and buckwheat cake meals, famous Maple Doughnuts and live entertainment, over 100 high-quality juried arts and crafts vendors take part in the festival each year.  According to an Economic Impact Study prepared by Virginia Tech, the 2022 festival generated between $1.36 and $2.02 million in direct spending in Highland County.

To learn more, contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at 540-468-2550 or visit www.highlandcounty.org/maple-festival

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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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