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  • Altavista's Mayor With Street Art


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.

Town Wide Yard Sale

The 2015 Town Wide Yard Sale has been set for Saturday, September 19, 2015 and the form is attached here.

Scarecrow Stroll

WellsFargo Scarecrow at Altavista's Scarecrow Stroll

Witch at Alatavista's Scarecrow Stroll

This year Altavista On Track will sponsor the Town's Sixth Annual Scarecrow Stroll. New this year:  Residential Scarecrows. We are encouraging residents in town to put up Scarecrows to complement those businesses and organization Scarecrows. We would like to have pictures posted on our Facebook page of all Scarecrows. This event takes place the entire month of October.  Each year we welcome nearly 50 scarecrows to 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!

Scarecrow entries can compete for two awards of $100 each.

First, there will be the People's Choice Award with ballot boxes at the Medicine Shoppe, at the Altavista Journal and at the Altavista On Track office in Town Hall. Ballots can also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  but must include the name of the scarecrow, and the voter's full name, email or phone number. Click here to download the ballot. Entries must be received by Friday, October 24 no later than 5 pm.

The second award will be for the Most Creative Scarecrow to be decided by an independent group.

The winners of both awards will be annonced on Monday, October 27, and the information will appear in the October 29 edition of the Altavista Journal.

Click here to view the list of Scarecrows that will be competing for one of the two prizes.

Giblet Jog 5K

 2013 Giblet Jog Start sm

Giblet Jog 5K LogoPlans are currently underway for the 2014 Giblet Jog 5K event. REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE.

Online registration is preferred, but you may also register by mailing us a registration form with your check. (Click here for a mail-in Registration Form.)

Hurry! Rate increases for Adults from $22 to $27 after Nov. 21.

Special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Randy Cassidy, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones located in Altavista, Virginia.

The Annual Giblet Jog for 2013 was a great success. This year again we will have accurate chip timing and results posted on the web site the same day of the race.

The Giblet Jog is a Thanksgiving morning tradition held in English Park, situated along the edge of the Staunton River. This year marks the Eighth Annual Giblet Jog 5k Run. All the proceeds from this event benefit Altavista’s revitalization efforts. We are looking forward to another great event this year.

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Click on one of the following links to get the results from the 2013 Giblet Jog! Race Results by Age Groups and Award Recipients

Giblet Jog 2014 Flyer

Christmas Parade

This year the Altavista Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 4th, at 7pm. This year's theme is "Carols of Christmas," so decorate accordingly. If you would like to be a part of the parade, click here to download the entry form, and make sure to submit it by November 14th. If you have any further questions, please contact the Altavista Chamber of Commerce at 434-369-6665 or Altavista On Track at 434-401-9729.

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/

Other Events

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.