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Halloween Fun in Marion, Virginia


Marion (VA): Fall is officially here, and Main Street in downtown Marion is looking beautiful with the leaves changing, and downtown businesses decorating for the holidays. We hope you’re getting into the Halloween spirit, because Marion Downtown is working on a huge weekend full of fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy!


Halloween Harvest Celebration at Hungry Mother State Park - In addition to the breathtaking views at Hungry Mother State Park during these crisp fall days, the park is offering all kinds of family friendly activities for Halloween!

Friday, October 20th: Owl Prowl at 7pm - As the cool fall evenings drift in and the sun sets behind the autumn-colored mountains, the owls awaken. Join Master Naturalist, Randy Smith for a casual walk in search of some of the park's owls. You don't want to miss it, it'll be a hoot! Meet at the Boat Ramp area off Mitchell Valley Road. Event is FREE.


Saturday, October 21st:

1pm-3pm: Harvest Activities: bring your family and friends out for an afternoon of fun. There will be fall crafts, games, and much more! Meet at Shelter 3. Event is FREE.


2pm: Fall Harvest Walk - Join Carrie Sparks as she points out the variety of plants and trees giving off their last burst of beauty before their deep winter sleep. Meet at the Boat Ramp off Mitchell Valley Road. Event is FREE.


5pm - 6:30pm: Harvest Hayride - Join us for a relaxing hayride throughout the park - getting the true essence of fall. Hayrides will be leaving at 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30. Afterwards, a hayride will leave at 7pm to take you up to the old Amphitheater for some Ghostly Campfire Stories. Event is FREE.


7pm: Ghostly Campfire Stories - End the day with a campfire at the Old Amphitheater, listening to storyteller, Gale Buck. Meet at Parking Lot 6, where they'll have a hayride up to the trailhead. From there, they'll take a short hike (.25 miles) to the Old Amphitheater. The trail will be illuminated by luminary bags, but feel free to bring a flashlight of your own. Wear appropriate shoes and dress warm. Event is FREE.

Sunday, October 22nd: Kayaking Birding Adventure at 4pm - What better way to experience the sights and souonds of nature than by kayak? As we venture around the lake, we'll take a closer look at any water fowl or fall migrants that make an appearance. Must be at least 6 years old. Pre-registration is required at the park office. $5 per person or $4/person for groups of 4 or more. Meet at the Dock-N-Shop.


Scarecrow Lane on Main Street - Beginning October 23rd, we invite you to walk the sidewalks of the historic district and see all the wacky and fun scarecrows! Be sure to cast your vote for People’s Choice- voting ends October 30th- at one of our designated voting locations: Marion Town Hall, Slemp, Brant, Saunders & Associates, General Francis Marion Hotel, Hester’s Country Store & Fudgery, Wooden Pickle, Lola’s at The Lincoln, Wolfe’s BBQ, Sister’s Café, The Past Time Antique Emporium, and Marion Florist & Gift Shop. Winners will be announced on Halloween!


“Treats-for-Trash”- On Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10 am to Noon,  Marion Downtown, The Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County and the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable invite residents of all ages to share a few hours of their time and participate in “Treats-for-Trash," a downtown fall clean-up day.  The Upper Tennessee River Roundtable will provide all necessary supplies for the cleanup and Marion Downtown will be giving treat bags to all participants. Volunteers may participate individually or form a team. Prizes will also be awarded to whoever collects the most litter at the end of the clean-up. The clean-up will help beautify Marion’s downtown by removing litter and debris. Volunteers are asked to meet on North Iron Street beside The Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, October 21st at 10 AM. Pre-registration is required by October 19th. To pre-register or for more information, please email or call 276-378-5029.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Marion Farmers Market - Also on Saturday, October 21st from 10am - 11am, Marion Farmers Market will be hosting a Painted Pumpkin Contest! Paint and decorate your pumpkins at home and then bring them by the Farmers Market to compete for prizes. It's a great way to have fun and show off your creativity and imagination! The contest is open to children 13 and under. Drop off time is 10am, and the winners will be announced at 11am. A winner will be chosen out of each of the following age groups: 5 years old and under; 6-8 years old; and 9-13 years old. Each pumpkin will be judged on creativity, uniqueness and overall appearance. Winners will receive gift prizes! There will also be kids activities going on during market hours.


Paranormal Investigators Downtown Ghost Walk - On Saturday, October 21st at 7 PM at The Collins House Inn, join Marion’s very own Paranormal Investigators for a special “Meet & Greet” of the ghosts of Marion. Come tour the Inn and see firsthand what the paranormal team does as they investigate a facility- maybe you’ll even get a chance to see the spirits that occupy the Inn! Cost is $5 per person and all proceeds benefit the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry. Pre-registration is required. Call 276-781-0250 for more information, or to register.


Halloween Madness - On Saturday, October 28th from 10 AM to 12 Noon, participating businesses and organizations will be open on Main Street and set up on Broad Street handing out candy to children 12 and under! There will also be kid’s games and activities on Broad Street. Marion Downtown is partnering with the Marion Police Department to provide safe, alternative ways for your kids to trick-or-treat!

Hungry Mother Adventures Halloween-Themed Zip Line Tour- On Saturday, October 28th at 5:30 PM, join the folks at Hungry Mother Adventures for a Halloween-themed night zip! The tours will begin at 5:30 PM, but those wanting to participate are encouraged to arrive a little early to sign waiver forms and get their equipment. Featuring the longest, highest, and fastest zip line in the state of Virginia, your zip trip will be an adventure you’ll never forget. With nearly a mile of lines through five sections, flying over valleys and through the tree tops, this heart pounding excursion will leave you wanting to go again and again! There is some hiking involved, so proper footwear is required. All other equipment will be supplied. For more information, please call 866-305-1953.


Regardless of rain, snow or cold weather, The Town of Marion, Virginia will be observing Halloween on Tuesday, October 31st.


For more information, contact Olivia McDonald, Executive Director of Marion Downtown at 276-783-4190.




Wilson Fairchild Brings Christmas Cheer to The Lincoln Theatre


Marion, VA: The Town of Marion is pleased to welcome back the country music duo, Wilson Fairchild, for a Christmas Show at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, December 16th at 7pm.


Tickets are $25 reserved seating.


"It's a full band show with nothing but Christmas music," says Langdon Reed about the upcoming show in downtown  Marion, VA. "We'll sing everything from an old Christmas hymn to 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.'"


The show is in keeping with their family-fun approach to entertaining using their signature humor and storytelling style. It's the perfect gift for friends and family!


Wilson Fairchild is made up of Wil and Langdon Reed from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The duo, also referred to as "the Reid Boys," have been writing, performing and playing music together their entire lives. With influences such as The Statler Brothers or Ricky Skaggs, their passion and drive for country music is inspiring.


Along with their outstanding harmony, which is an inherent trademark from their fathers, Harold and Don Reid, members of the Statler Brothers, Wil and Langdon are prolific songwriters who have had over 30 songs published and recorded. They can also play many different instruments, which makes an impressive portfolio and contributes to their unique style.


Join them for a special one-night only event at the beautiful Lincoln Theatre. Tickets can be purchased by contacting The Lincoln Theatre Box Office at (276)783-6092 or by visiting



'Round the Mountain announces A Taste of Southwest Virginia: A Food Pairing Fundraiser

Tickets are now on sale for A Taste of Southwest Virginia – Showcasing Local Craft, Food, and Craft Beer! The event will take place on October 21, 2017 at Heartwood, One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA from 6-9pm. Enjoy a silent raffle, musical entertainment provided by the Yates Family Band and four course dinner paired with Wolf Hills Brewery beer.

Ticket prices: Meal and Beer Pairing: $65 per person; Meal Only: $55 per person. Ticket prices after October 1st are $75/$65 respectively. Tickets can be purchased online at:  http://rtmtaste/ Proceeds from this event will be used to help `Round the Mountain  provide the needed marketing,educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities to the artisan community in Southwest Virginia.

A Taste of Southwest Virginia is an inaugural event for `Round the Mountain (RTM). “We wanted to create a unique event that would showcase the artistic talents of our members and local chefs. The  meal will feature locally grown ingredients that will be transformed into a delicious four course meal  crafted by Heartwood’s Chef Charles Parker and guest Chef Morgan Lowe of the soon-to-open  Painted Peak Brewing Co. in Tazewell. Each course will be paired with Wolf Hills Brewery beer,” says Diana Blackburn, Executive Director. She goes on to say, “To kick the evening off will be interactive craft demonstrations by our artisan members, a silent raffle featuring arts and crafts from  the region, and music by The Yates Family Band from Konnarock, VA. Band member Debbie Grim Yates not only plays a mean banjo, but she also is a gifted potter and member of RTM” says Blackburn. “Creativity spills over to a variety of mediums for a many of our members and Debbie is a  fine example of that.


Please join us on October 21st to mix and mingle with these creative folks,” adds Blackburn.

Make sure to get your ticket before prices go up after October 1st. Purchase your tickets online at: http://rtmtaste/ For more information or to purchase a person in person, please call 276.492.2410 or email:


About 'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network - `Round the Mountain was created in 2004, as part

of Governor Mark Warner's Virginia Works Initiative. A non-profit 501c3 organization, `Round the Mountain is a

membership organization that works to provide marketing, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities to artisans, craft

venues, and agritourism businesses in the region. The Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia, a program of RTM, links visitors

to artisan studios, craft venues, working farms, wineries, agritourism businesses and creative points of interest through a

network a 15 trails throughout SWVA. More information can be found at Funding partners

include: Friends of Southwest Virginia, Virginia Department of Community and Housing Development, Virginia Tobacco

Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National

Endowment for the Arts.



Halloween Harvest Celebration

Hungry Mother State Park

Fri, Oct 20, 2017

7:00 pm - Owl Prowl


Sat, Oct 21, 2017

1:00 - 3:00 pm Harvest Activities

2:00 pm - Fall Harvest Walk

5:00 - 6:30 pm Harvest Hayrides

7:00 pm - Ghostly Campfire Stories


Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Kayak Birding Adventure


Trash for Treats

Downtown Marion

Sat, Oct 21, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Marion Downtown and the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable are hosting a fall clean up day. Meet on North Iron Street beside The Lincoln Theatre. Volunteers are needed. Bring a friend or form a team. Treat bags will be given to all participants! Individuals and teams can compete for prizes. Please pre-register by )ct 19 by emailing or calling 276-378-5029.


Marion Ghost Tour/ Town History Walk

The Collins House Inn

Sat, Oct 21, 2017 7:00 pm

The Collins House Inn will host a ghost walk/town history walk in Downtown Marion, Virginia. To join the walk, a small donation of $5.00 is requested and will go towards the First United Methodist Food Pantry.


Scarecrow Lane

Main St, Downtown Marion

Tue, Oct 24 - Oct 31, 2017

Scarecrow Lane is back for its fifth year in a row, and the folks at Marion Downtown are encouraging local businesses, churches, schools, clubs, and organizations to get involved and participate in this wacky and fun event! Visit for more info.


Halloween Madness

Downtown Marion

Sat, Oct 28, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This FREE event is offered to children 12 and under. Participating businesses in downtown Marion will be handing out candy on Main Street, and many vendors will be set up on Broad Street handing out candy at the Trunk-or-Treat! In addition, games and activities will be set up along Broad Street during the event. You don't want to miss out on all the fun! Visit for more info.


Halloween Lip Sync Battle

The Lincoln Theatre

Sat, Oct 28, 2017 7:00 pm

8 Costumed Teams will go head-to-head in the ultimate Lip Sync challenge! Join us for the 1st Annual Halloween Lip Sync Battle! Don't forget your costume! Prizes will include Best Lip Sync, Best Choreography, Best Audience Costume, and more! Proceeds from the event will benefit The Lincoln Theatre. $10 a person.


Trunk or Treat

Cedar Bluff Bapist Church, Tue, Oct 31, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Annual Events

January - Woolly Mammoth Day


March - Whitetop Mtn. Maple Festival


April - Dec ArtWalk


April - Aug Taste of the Town


Spring - Mountain Dew Triathlon


May - Marion Memorial Day Weekend Celebration


May - Whitetop Ramp Festival


May - September Marion Broad Street



June - Bike Smyth County/Family Fish

and Fun Day


June - July Marion Summer Concert Series


July - Marion 4th of July Celebration


July - Chilhowie’s Christmas in July


July - Little Salty Birthday Celebration


July - Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival


July/Aug - Rich Valley Fair & Horse Show


August - War Between the States Battle Reenactment


September - Saltville Labor Day Celebration


September - Smyth County Patriot’s Day



September - Chilhowie Apple Festival


October - Civil War Troops Memorial Service


October - Halloween Madness


October - Saltville BBQ Festival


October - Whitetop Sorghum & Molasses Festival


December - Marion Kaleidoscope Christmas Parade and Marion Christmas Market

Smyth County, VA

Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville