Nestled beside a pumpkin patch, in the bend of a cool mountain stream, is a beautiful spot at Olde Mill where we have one of our favorite events of the season, Harvestfest. The smell of homemade chili in the air, the sweet sounds of bluegrass tunes making you uncontrollably tap your foot, and the beautiful crafts and decorative gourds all make you feel immersed in the Blue Ridge Mountain lifestyle. It doesn’t get any more authentic than this.
The day was filled with activities for kids, both young and old, like sack racing, pumpkin painting, watermelon eating contests, horse shoe tournaments, corn hole games, and my favorite, the rubber duck races. I can tell you that many a guest of Harvestfest got a good nights sleep after all these events.
Our eclectic selection of vendors had everything from local authors signing books to beekeepers with multiple varieties of honey. There was a huge selection of hand crafted jewelry, earthenware, candles, and local jams. Our produce stand was a very hot spot as the allure of fresh local vegetables enticed many to take home multiple bags of goodness to their homes. We even had giant mums to bring a little color into your life. I bought two of those myself.
In addition to all that, we had a huge collection of antique tractors, three top notch wineries (Chateau Morrisette, Mt. Vale, and Stanburn Winery) hay rides that were just the icing on the cake. It was really a day to celebrate all the things that make this part of the world so special. We are truly blessed to be on the Blue Ridge!