Events & Contests

Events/Contests at the 44th Annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9th 2022.

Craft Festival, Demonstrations, and Antiques

The Wise Business Association will host the 44th Annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling in historic downtown Wise, Virginia, October 8-9, 2022. The Fall Fling features bluegrass, country, and gospel music, and celebrates authentic Appalachian arts and crafts with over 135 vendors. You will find wood, pottery, art, photography, candles, antiques, Native American crafts, traditional Appalachian crafts and much, much, more. During the ‘Fling you can also visit with Mark Ramsay demonstrating blacksmithing, Chuck Miller panning for gold and gems, and James Damron of EK3 Farms showing you the old-timey way he grinds corn.

Saturday: Vendors Open from 9 A.M. – 6 P.M.   Music 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Sunday: Vendors Open from 12:00 PM – 5 P.M.  Music 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

MUSIC on Saturday is now extended! The Big Glades will have music from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The after hours music will begin at 7:00 PM

Essay Contest

The Fall Fling Essay contest is on track, with a wonderful theme for 2022. Prizes
will again be awarded in two categories – up to 18 years old, and 19 and older.
Both age groups will be awarded prizes.

Click here for more information on how and where to enter the essay contest. 

Business Decorating Contest

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.
For more information and to register, please send
your business name and phone number to

Click here for more information on the decorating contest. 

Digital Art Contest

This is the Adult Art Contest. (Youth Art competitors should contact their art teacher or school officials!)
The 2022 festival theme is “History, Memories, Fun”. Two categories of entry through Facebook Messenger, September 16th through October 5th!

A $100 prize will be awarded in each category.

*Adult Category: 18 & Older, non-professional artists
*Professional Category: An artist that makes income through their work
Full details and artwork from our past contests can be found on the contest’s Facebook Page.
*Please contact us if your artwork cannot be submitted by Facebook Messenger!
Many thanks to this year’s contest sponsor, Farmers and Miners Bank!

Please go to Fall Fling Digital Art Contest Facebook page for more information

Digital Photography Contest

The 2022 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 through Facebook Messenger, September 16th through October 5th! Our contest theme this year is “History, Memories, Fun”! A $100 prize will be awarded in each category.
Full details and beautiful photos from our past contests can be found on the contest’s Facebook Page.
*Please contact us if your photos cannot be submitted by Facebook Messenger!
Many thanks to our contest sponsors, The Clapboard House and Wise Lumber & Supply!


2022 Top Gun Fall Fling 5k Race/Walk

NCH Heart-One Cardiac Rehab 5K Run – – -Top Gun Run – – –
Registration begins 8:00 A.M.
Race begins 9:00 A.M.

Entry Form

For info on the 5K contact Steve Childers 276-439-1450

Car, Truck, Jeep, and Bike Show sponsored by Wise Heritage Hall

October 8th, at the Wise Primary and LF Addington Middle School Parking Lot, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Awards for Best in Class, Best Stock, Best of Show, and Residents Choice.
We hope to see you there. Bring a Friend!

Pancake Breakfast

October 8th, at the Wise First Church of God, Fellowship Hall, 8-11 AM
Pancakes, bacon or sausage, Juice or milk, and coffee; $6.00 per person.
We hope to see you there. Bring a Friend!

Anything Apples

Traditional or non-traditional apple pie or apple butter into the Anything Apples Contest!
Bring your entries to the event station at The INN at Wise between 9:30 and 11 AM.
For more info, contact Patricia Bentley 276-393-1333.

Click here for the information about the Anything Apples contest.

Pet Contest & Show

Saturday Oct 8th @ 2:00 PM
Register 1:00 PM
Christ Lutheran Church
For more information contact Critter Sitters
Portion of proceeds go to charity

Corn Hole Tournament

Tournament begins at Noon (can register at 11 AM)
Blind draw, bring your own partner
$20.00 a team payouts to first three spots
Guaranteed $500.00 pot

For more info on the Corn Hole Tourney contact Bobby Addington at

Click here for more information on the Corn Hole Tournament. 


Health Wagon

The Health Wagon will be set up during the ‘Fling on Spring Avenue. Receive FREE flu shots, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, Covid-19 vaccines, and rapid antigen tests. For more information at 276-439-1352.

Wise Fire Department Firefighter Obstacle Course for Kids

This event will take place in the Kids Korner beginning at noon. Children will be grouped by age into two categories: 5-10 and 11-15. Timed competitions will begin at 4:00 PM. Course requires crawling through a pipe, climbing over an age-appropriate wall, and dragging a hose to spray the target. Children must be dressed appropriately and closed-toed shoes are a must (no flip-flops permitted). Parents must sign a consent form before their child can enter the competition.

Kids Korner

Free fire truck rides will take place on Saturday, and it’s all-aboard the Kiddie Train on Sunday. Throughout the weekend kids can enjoy lots of free prizes, free books, basketball games, and the double slide!   At Kids Korner there will be:

Inflatable Fire Truck slide
Inflatable High Voltage
Balloon Twisting
Face Painting
Free Fire Truck Rides
Train Rides
Gem Mining
Obstacle course
Bays Mountain
Free books and games



Much like our Wise County Community, Miss Wise Fall Fling is moving forward while holding on to some beloved traditions! Beauty Pageant to be held on October 1st at JW Adams Elementary.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE PAGEANTS HISTORY the winner of our Miss Division will have the opportunity to represent the Wise Fall Fling at the Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant in Williamsburg VA.
Age Divisions:
Baby Miss (0 months-12 months)
Teeny Miss (13 month-2 years)
Tiny Miss (3 years-4 years)
Wee Miss (5 years-6 years)
Little Miss ( 7years-9 years)
Jr. Miss (10 years-12 years)
Teen Miss (13 years- 15 years)
Miss (16 years- 22 years)
Proceeds from this year’s pageant will be donated to PAWS of Southwest Virginia!
For questions or to request paperwork please contact us at