There is always something happening in and around the community of Altavista. Whether it's an annual festival or seasonal event, the Town is constantly buzzing with fellowship, celebration and collaboration. Following is a list of recurring events. Be sure to check the events calendar for up-to-date information on the latest happenings.
In 2013, Altavista On Track will sponsor the Town's Fifth Annual Scarecrow Stroll. This event takes place the entire month of October and invites local civic organizations, churches, businesses and families to participate in creating a scarecrow to adorn the streets. Each year we welcome nearly 40 plus scarecrows to Downtown Altavista. Visitors come from near and far to stroll downtown and see the unique sights! All are welcome to join in the fun, show their creativity and maybe win a prize! For 2013's 5th Annual Scarecrow Stroll, click on the following links: 2013 Application Form
Town Wide Yard Sale
The 2013 Town Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for October 26th!! The entire town is invited to participate with yard sales at your home or church or by renting a space at the Trade Lot for the day for only $10.00! Click here for more information on the Town-Wide Yard Sale. Click here for the 2013 Registration Form! Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Don't delay!!
Giblet Jog 5K
The Annual Giblet Jog for 2013 was a great success. A great big THANK YOU to our 2 major sponsors, Moore's Electric and Randy Cassidy at the Edward Jones office in Altavista, for the online registration for the 2013 Giblet Jog, and to all our volunteers and runners that helped make this a big success!
The Giblet Jog is a Thanksgiving morning event held in English Park, situated along the edge of the Staunton River.This year marks the Seventh Annual Giblet Jog 5k Run. we had about 340 participants of which about 250 showed up this morning braving the cold to participate in this beloved community event. All the proceeds from this event benefit Altavista’s revitalization efforts. We are looking forward to another great event next year.
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Uncle Billy's Day Festival
An annual celebration held the first full weekend in June, Uncle Billy’s Day commemorates the founding of the First Saturday Trade Lot, by the late William G. “Uncle Billy” Lane, Sr. The celebration itself dates back to 1949. Organized now by the Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce, the two-day festival includes live music, crafts, games, children’s entertainment, food, and fireworks. Altavista on Track also sponsors a Classic Car Show for the event. Uncle Billy's Day originally was held at the First Saturday Trade Lot, and while Uncle Billy’s Day still is held in conjunction with the First Saturday Trade Lot activities, the festival activities are located in English Park. For more information, visit http://www.unclebillysdayfestival.com/.
First Saturday Trade Lot
The First Saturday Trade Lot traces its roots almost to the founding of Altavista. Established in 1916, and traditionally held the first Saturday of every month, the Trade Lot is located at the intersection of Pittsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, and attracts traders and shoppers from a multi-state area. Proceeds from vendor fees benefit the Altavista High School Band Boosters.
Altavista Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Market was started in 2001 at the Trade Lot to provide an outlet for citizens to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables, and for area farmers to sell their crops. Sales kiosks are open on a regular basis two days per week during the growing season, although one can often find growers selling their products all during the week during peak seasons.
Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival
This annual festival is hosted by Avoca, the principal architectural landmark of the Town of Altavista, an American Queen Anne-style house built in 1901, and the home site of Revolutionary Patriot Colonel Charles Lynch. Many different vineyards are represented at this festival. Visitors experience wines from all around the state. The festival also includes live music and games for children. Click here for more information.
Altavista Downtown Classic Car Cruise-Ins
This event takes place in the historic district of Downtown Altavista on the 1st Saturday of each month, from April through October, except for June, when we feature a car show at English Park for Uncle Billy's Day. The Cruise Ins start at 5:00pm and run to 8:30pm. Cars enter on Main Street. Raffles and a 50/50 drawing are held, while people stroll and view the many outstanding vehicles. This is a fun event for car owners and spectators alike. Glen and Linda Miller, of Miller's Jewelry, 520 Main, host a "Peoples Choice" award for the best liked car or truck. Come on down and enjoy the fun. Have an ice cream at the General Store, pizza at I Love New York Pizza and Peace of Pie, and shop antiques!