Events & Contests

Events/Contests at the 42nd Annual Wise County Fall Fling, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, 2020.

Digital Craft Showcase, Jack Tale Performances, Local Music, Contest Winner Announcements, and more will be featured in a video production airing live on Saturday, October 10th!

The Wise Business Association will host elements of the 42nd Annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling in historic downtown Wise, Virginia, October 9th-10th, 2020. New this year for local folks, we will be holding the 1st annual Business Sidewalk Sale, along with the Town-Wide Yard Sale and the 4th annual Wise Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner! These select in-person events are held at the individual discretion of the retailers and we suggest that all COVID-19 policies and recommendations be followed.

Video Premiere! 🎬

Saturday, October 10.

The 42nd Annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling will be celebrated this year like never before! We’re putting together a video showcasing our beloved craft vendors, providing entertainment for our children including Jack Tales and performances from Bright Star Theatre Company, featuring some of our talented area musicians, announcing our contest winners, and more! The video will premiere live on the ARC Television Youtube channel and locally on UVA Wise Channel 55!

Once Upon A Time… Virtual Fairy Tales 📖

Saturday, October 10.

3:00 PM

Bright Star Theatre Company will perform Once Upon a Time… virtually on Saturday, October 10 at 3:00 PM. Join Lenny and Mabel, “The Greatest Actors in the World,” as they bring two classic tales to the stage. Dance at the ball with Cinderella and challenge the giant with Jack and the Beanstalk as these stories come to life in front of your very eyes! Fun and interactive, this show is best appreciated by audiences from grades Pre-K-5, or anyone who is young at heart! Contact jstanley@lprlibrary.orgkponish@lprlibrary.org, or call 276-328-8061 for information.

Essay Contest

Monday, September 28.

Calling writers of all sorts to participate in the 2020 Wise County Famous Fall Fling Essay Contest! This year’s contest is sponsored by CSE Insurance. This year has brought much of our typical daily lives screeching to a halt, and in doing so offered many of us the space for much-needed reflection, with this in mind, The 2020 Essay Contest topic is “The Year of COVID-19, My Thoughts”. Prizes will be awarded in each of our two categories: 18 & under and 19 & over. 1st place winners will receive $75. 2nd place winners will receive $50. 3rd place winners will receive $25. All winners will also receive commemorative certificates and a 2020 Fall Fling tee shirt. Contest Winners will be announced and awards will be presented on Friday, October 9 at 5:00 PM on the stage at Big Glades in downtown Wise. We will practice social distancing and masks are required. Winners will get a call or email advising them to be present if at all possible. Submit entries to The Clapboard House, P.O. Box 1489, Wise, VA 24293, ATTN: ESSAY CONTEST. Entries must be received by Monday, September 28 at 4:00 PM. For complete entry rules, visit the Registration, Rules & Regulations tab on this website and click 2020 Essay Contest Information. For more information, please contact Bonnie Aker at aker.bonnie7@yahoo.com.

Business Decorating Contest

Local businesses are encouraged to participate and decorate their business tied to this year’s theme, “Flinging in the Spirit”. The theme is broad and you may interpret it however you wish. Judging will be on Thursday, October 8th so please have your projects completed by the 7th. Entries will be judged based on creativity, difficulty, and overall appeal of the design. Please let us know if you plan to participate so your decorations can be judged. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the contest. Winners will be announced Friday, October 9 at 5:30 PM. at Impressions. 1st Prize—$100, 2nd Prize—$75, 3rd Prize—$ 50. For more information and to let us know you will be participating, contact Karen Ponish at the Wise County Public Library. Phone (276) 328-8325 or email kponish@lprlibrary.org.

Art Contest

Wednesday, October 7.

🎨 This year’s art contest will be broken into three categories. The festival theme this year is “Spirit of the Fall Fling”. 🍁Under 18 Category – Best Painting: It can be watercolor, oils, acrylics or a combination. Best Drawing: It can be charcoal, pencil, or pastels. A winner will be selected in each category. The winner will be chosen on merit based on age and image. Only five (5) entries per person total. Each entry needs: Size, Materials, Title & date of completion. Adult Category – Best Painting: It can be watercolor, oils, acrylics or a combination. Best Drawing: It can be charcoal, pencil, or pastels. A winner will be selected in each category. Only five (5) entries per person total. Each entry needs: Size, Materials, Title & date of completion. Professional Category – An artist that makes income through their work. Best Painting: It can be watercolor, oils, acrylics or a combination. Best Drawing: It can be charcoal, pencil, or pastels. A winner will be selected in each category. Only five (5) entries per person total. Each entry needs: Size, Materials, Title & date of completion.

A $100 prize will be awarded in each category. Submissions will close five o’clock on Wednesday, Oct 7th. Winners will be contacted on Thursday! Contest Winners will be announced and awards will be presented on Friday, October 9 at 5:00 PM on the stage at Big Glades in downtown Wise. We will practice social distancing and masks are required. Winners will get a call or email advising them to be present if at all possible. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/fallflingartcontest/

Digital Photography Contest

Wednesday, October 7.

Our contest theme this year is “Spirit of the Fall Fling”. The contest is open in three categories, Youth (under age 18), Amateur, and Proficient. Proficient includes anyone who derives more than 25% of their income as a Professional photographer, or who regularly enters and wins competitions. Entries will be accepted on the Fall Fling Digital Photo Contest Facebook page, September 14th through October 7th. Images must be 300DPI and are encouraged to focus on the spirit of our festival & our area. Please identify the photo’s location, & the photographer’s name & age! Please refrain from including individual’s faces in your shots. Direct your photos toward the unique spirit, memories & beauty of our area. What does the Fall Fling mean to you? **All photos/images submitted must be done so with unrestricted rights for future use by the Wise Fall Fling, the Wise Business Association or affiliated groups** Entries can be shared on the Facebook page or messenger for Fall Fling Digital Photo Contest. LIMIT OF TWO PHOTOS PER CONTESTANT. **PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF WITH YOUR ENTRIES BY NAME, AGE & CATEGORY!**

A $100 prize will be awarded in each category. Submissions will close five o’clock on Wednesday Oct 7th. Winners will be contacted on Thursday! Contest Winners will be announced and awards will be presented on Friday, October 9 at 5:00 PM on the stage at Big Glades in downtown Wise. We will practice social distancing and masks are required. Winners will get a call or email advising them to be present if at all possible.

5k Virtual Race & One Mile Fitness Walk

Saturday, October 10.

This year the Fall Fling 5k will be virtual! We invite you to walk or run through the Town of Wise this year in our 5k Virtual Race & One Mile Fitness Walk. You will run or walk the famous Fall Fling 5k course and keep up with your time. Register by filling out this entry form. After you complete your run or walk, please submit your time. Times must be submitted by 6:00 PM Saturday, October 10. Ribbons will be given out to the top finishers in each age group. Don’t let the COVID-19 virus stop our famous 5k race! Come out and show your support for this great event! Be sure to check out the course map here. Registration cost is $10 per person and the price includes a t-shirt. Please submit payments as you register. For complete entry rules, visit the Registration, Rules & Regulations tab on this website and click on Fall Fling 2020 Virtual 5k.  Please contact Brian Mills at bmills@wisek12.org or (276) 393-9123 for more information.

Pet Contest

Thursday, October 1.

Enjoy this year’s Fall Fling Pet Contest Online!! Featuring local furry friends, we are pleased to award their talent & raise much needed funds for our area’s animals! This year’s Fall Fling Pet Contest will be hosted digitally on our Facebook Page featuring Dogs, Cats, Puppies & Kittens. Pet photos will be submitted for judging & entries must be a family pet to qualify. Each Category entered is a $5.00 registration fee. Categories include: Cutest; Animal/Owner Look A Like, Best Dressed, and Most Unique. All forms, registration fees, and pictures must be received by October 1st. Contest will run from October 5th to October 9th and winners will be announced online on October 9th. Forms and payments can be mailed to: Natasha Proulex 201 Nottingham Ave Wise VA 24293 or dropped off at In Home Care. All pictures must be emailed to nproulex@inhomecareinc.net so they can be uploaded to Facebook for voting. The pictures will be placed on the Fall Fling Digital Pet Contest Facebook page and the pets with the most likes per category will win. Prizes will be given out to the top three winners from each category! Part of this year’s proceeds will be donated to the Wise County Animal Shelter. For more information contact Natasha Proulex at nproulex@inhomecareinc.net.

🌟 New Event 🌟 Wise Fall Fling Business Sidewalk Sale

Friday and Saturday, October 9-10.

New this year, local businesses in downtown Wise will participate in our 1st Annual Business Sidewalk Sale! You do not have to register to participate, just set up and sell! This event is held at the individual discretion of the retailers and we suggest that all COVID-19 policies and recommendations be followed. Email Bonnie Aker at aker.bonnie7@yahoo.com for more information!

Wise Fall Fling Town-Wide Yard Sale

Friday and Saturday, October 9-10.

Calling all households, churches & businesses for the annual Town-Wide Yard Sale. You do not have to register to participate, just set up and sell! This event is held at the individual discretion of retailers and participants, we suggest that all COVID-19 recommendations be followed. For more information, please email Bonnie Aker at aker.bonnie7@yahoo.com.

4th Annual Wise Kiwanis Spaghetti Lunch & Dinner

Friday, October 9.

11:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Join the Wise Kiwanis for their 4th Annual Spaghetti Lunch & Dinner at the Wise Baptist Church from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm on the Friday of the Fling! TAKEOUT ONLY! $7 buys your dinner, drink, garlic bread, and dessert! Proceeds to benefit the Wise Kiwanis Club Children’s Program as well as area youth.  To call in orders or for more information please call 276-639-3397.

Ghost Walk

Saturday – Sunday, October 10-11.

Come join us during the Fall Fling in downtown Wise for the Ghost Walk. Come ready to hear the creepy history of downtown Wise. We will meet in the lobby of the Historic Wise Inn and then proceed to tour the most haunted spots in downtown Wise. Tour will last about 1 and a 1/2 hours. Wear good shoes and dress weather appropriate! Cost is $10 per person. We will have one trip per day, departing at 2:00PM each day. Hosted by Stone Mountain Adventures. Purchase tickets here. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.