If you live in Abingdon, then you probably know why the Virginia Highlands Festival is a big deal, particularly, for its 70th anniversary. For those who don’t know, the Virginia Highlands Festival is a grand spectrum of art, literature, music, and more centered around the Appalachian culture that Abingdon is proud of. The Festival is known to expand all throughout Abingdon with its main hub, this year, at the Barter Theater where the Juried Arts and Crafts Show, the most popular event, will set up shop.
The wide range of events not only allows for a variety of things to do, but also allows newcomers to appreciate the small but thriving town of Abingdon, Virginia. Because of the ample and diverse choices of events and activities, you are guaranteed to find at least one thing you like, and if not, this year’s theme will empower you to create what you love and enjoy. A big event like the Highlands Festival means nothing unless you have the proper spokesperson and president running the show.
While Cynthia Herrel may be relatively new to the president’s chair, she is more than ready and willing to make this 70th annual Highlands Festival the best it can be with more than a dozen capable committees supporting her. Volunteers are more than welcome to come and help out with any and all Festival activities, whether you need work hours or not. Either way, come to the Virginia Highlands Festival and bring your own artful ideas and collaborative delights into existence.
It’s very exciting to be a part of something that brings the community together. I think arts, in general, build communities and it’s exhilarating to be a part of that, see the many facets of the Festival, and watch it explode in July. – Cynthia Herrel