The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce's Annual Christmas Tree Festival competition has begun! Vote for your favorite tree using the link below. One response per person, please. Voting ends on Friday, December 18th with the winner announced on Saturday, December 19th!
Notes: (1) Voting online requires sign-in with a Google account. Alternatively, you may submit your vote in person at the Chamber of Commerce 24 hours a day or call them during open hours with your vote at 828-898-8395. (2) View larger images in our Google Photo Album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LhtgjzXujfkj8HVr5
Calling all kids! Mail your letters to Santa this year at the special mailbox located out front of the Chamber starting December 1st!
In light of the surging cases of COVID-19, the Board has decided to minimize crowd events for the holiday season. As a result, the Chamber is hosting only the Annual Christmas Tree Festival and the Letters to Santa Mailbox at the Chamber Visitor Center this year. Learn more about the Chamber's Small Town Christmas. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to returning to the full slate of festive holiday events next year!
The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce welcomes Callista Flower Company to the Chamber community! Callista Flower Company offers fresh flower arrangements, home goods, and unique gifts. Visit them in the red caboose in downtown Banner Elk. View them in our Member Directory to learn more.
From the Town of Banner Elk, host of the Banner Elk's annual Halloween Trunk or Treat: "The Town has made the difficult decision not to have a Halloween event sponsored by the Town. There are a number of considerations that were taken into account and ultimately not holding the event was deemed the appropriate thing to do. The Town and the Tourism Development Authority will be providing treat bags to the kids at Banner Elk Elementary and will have bags at Town Hall on Friday, October 30th for those who do not attend school in person or are home schooled."
Newland and Beech Mountain are also holding Halloween events on Friday, October 30th and Apple Hill Farm has mini trick-or-treat farm tours all weekend. Find more events here.
Wishing you could race your Woolly Worm this year even though the Festival is a no-go? Stop by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce with your woolly bear caterpillar and try out the mini-track. Better yet, bring a friend and a second caterpillar along and have a real race!
The Avery County Best of the Best winners for 2020 are out! Congratulations to all winners and thank you to Avery Journal-Times for hosting this annual competition. We are excited that the Town of Banner Elk has won Best Town to Live In! Watch the full Virtual Awards Show below (YouTube).
This may be the best 8 minutes of your day! Watch High Country Charitable Foundation's video at the link above showcasing their extraordinary local work:
-Feeding Avery Families
-Avery County Humane Society
-Habitat for Humanity
-Hunger and Health Coalition
-Book Exchange at the Historic Banner Elk School
-Spirit Ride Theraputic Center
...and many others that benefit from the generosity of our local community members and the HCCF. Learn more about their important and life-changing work in Avery County. Thank you so much to the Ward family, Engel and Volkers Real Estate, Jim Swinola and others who have made this possible. Visit their website, also linked below to learn more and donate!
The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the winner of the Moose on the Loose Raffle is Nancy Simmons! See Moose carver Jerry Stringham draw the winning ticket in the video at this link below (Facebook). We would also like to congratulate Debi Walters for submitting the winning name chosen in a public poll: Mr. BElcome (BE+Welcome) - congratulations, Debi!
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