Greetings High Country Friends, 
At last, Spring is beginning to arrive.  We have all waited long and hard for this, so get out and enjoy the weekend.  As usual for this time of year, there is more and more going on each weekend in the High Country. 
If you need to find some great used gear (or need to sell your old gear) head on over to Footslogger's Gear Shift this Saturday in downtown Boone.
Of note, be sure you take advantage of the locals only Dollar Days (now $3 through April) at Grandfather Mountain. My family took friends there last weekend and had an incredible time scaling the rocks, cables and ladders.  -Todd

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What's Happening April 11 - 17

Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival
Come experience some of the treasures of Blowing Rock at this weekend-long event. 

Easter Events (Saturday)
The High Country offers many Easter activities such as egg hunts, a parade, and breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

Sticky Bun Run (Saturday)
Join us this year for the Sticky Bun Run as a bunner (eat 4 sticky buns after 2 miles), runner (eat your buns after the race) or walker. We will also have a 1 mile fun run for kids 12 and under.


Tour for Life National Adoption Event (Sunday)
The Watauga Humane Society is hosting North Shore Animal League of America's Tour for Life. This event features adoptable animals from shelters and rescue organizations in our 5 county region as well as vendors for a variety of pet services and local veterinarians (including microchipping).

CNN Hero of the Year (Monday)
Chad Pregracke, CNN’s 2013 Hero of the Year, will speak about his life’s work of cleaning garbage out of the Mississippi River and other waterways with his nonprofit Living Lands & Waters. Pregracke will follow the talk with a signing for his book.  The free event is presented by Watauga River Partners and Mountain Keepers.

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What's Happening April 18 - 24

Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days (Through April)
All those who work or live in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany or Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, can visit Grandfather Mountain for only $3 during April with proof of local employment or residency.

Spring Wildflower Hike (Friday)
The popular weekly spring wildflower hikes in Grandfather Mountain State Park are back! Hopefully spring will be along soon! The rich, humid coves of the lower Profile Trail will soon be lush with herbaceous spring wildflowers and each week provides new blooms, buds or emerging leaves to discover. (Saturday)
Come on out for Wordkeepers in beautiful downtown West Jefferson for an evening of poetry, short stories, music and prose by local writers. Hear some always great original prose and poetry from local/regional writers. It’s free!

Earth Day at New River State Park (Tuesday)
Join a Park Ranger to help celebrate Earth Day by helping plant native trees in the park.

Kill Will: Shakespeare's Fights, A Play by In/Visible Theatre (Wed.-Sat.)
This one-act play, a collection of fight scenes from Shakespeare plays, is a family-friendly exploration of stage fighting in plays such as Romeo & Juliet, King Lear, and MacBeth, and intersperses vignettes by the In/Visible Theatre company. Come see Boone's new small professional theatre.

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