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.
Giblet Jog 5K
Plans 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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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.
Town Wide Yard Sale
The 2015 Town Wide Yard Sale has been set for Saturday, September 19, 2015 and the form is attached here.
Each year during the entire month of October, Altavista On Track hosts the Scarecrow Stroll for businesses and organizations.
Altavista On Track Announces 2014 Scarecrow Stroll Winners
Altavista On Track announced its Scarecrow Stroll winners for 2014. The People's Choice Award winner was the Colonel and his Pigskin scarecrow created by First National Bank selected by voters who cast their votes at the Altavista Journal, the Medicine Shoppe and at Town Hall. The Most Creative Award went to the Race to the Madness scarecrow designed by MAD Biddy's. This award was selected by a subcommittee of Altavista On Track board members. Each of these businesses received a $100 award for their award-winning scarecrow. Altavista On Track wishes to thank all of the participants in the Scarecrow Stroll which continues through this weekend.
Click here to view the list of 2014 Scarecrows.
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/.
Avoca's Museum Christmas Open House
Avoca Museum's Christmas Open House will feature "An Old Virginia Christmas at Avoca," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14.
1514 Main St.
Altavista, VA 24517
Celebrate "An Old Virginia Christmas at Avoca," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, Avoca Museum, 1514 Main St., Altavista. Each room of the Victorian home will be decorated by Avoca's volunteers and members of the Altavista community. Features include a visit by Santa and Roger Blackstock of The Portrait Place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.7; First Baptist Church of Altavista Hand Bell Choir from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec.13; and secular and sacred Christmas music by pianist Dr. Cynthia Ramsey of Lynchburg College from 2 to 3 p.m. and Christmas readings by Avoca Board member Curtis Crews from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14. Open house will also feature the annual silent auction, refreshments and a bake sale. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the museum gift shop the days of the event.
Christmas Open House Hours:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec 6
1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13
1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14
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.