Kids and dogs at the K-9 Keg PullEach time the annual WinterFest Polar Plunge rolls around, the wacky costumes are always a big highlight. The most elaborate or ridiculous just might get awarded the Golden Plunger. At the 2019 edition of Blowing Rock WinterFest, on Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, January 27, everyone is invited to enjoy more friendly competition at the Rotary Charity Chili Cook-off, the Silent Auction & Raffle, the WinterPaws Dog Show, and the newest event: the K-9 Keg Pull.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the High Country K-9 Keg Pull to the WinterFest lineup,” says Sarah Goff of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. “We’re creating a vibrant atmosphere for visitors of all ages around the American Legion on Saturday with the addition of the Keg Pull to the Winter Beer Garden and Silent Auction & Raffle, all taking place at the Legion.”

This year’s event will feature other, less competitive favorites as well. Sample local delicacies at WinterFeast, view the latest winter and spring looks at the WinterFashion Show, help raise funds for charity at the Wine Tasting & Auction, take a hayride through Blowing Rock, and enjoy glittering sculptures at the Ice Carving Demonstrations and the Ice Stroll. You can even try your hand at ice sculpting at hands-on ice carving sessions on Friday and Saturday. And what is a winter festival without a celebration of snow? Check out a snow making demo & discussion in Memorial Park on Saturday, led by WNCN-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, Brad Panovich!

“Kids and adults can have hands-on experiences exploring the wonders of winter weather in Memorial Park and create winter-themed art during sessions of Cork & Canvas or Arctic Art at BRAHM” says Sarah.

There’s even more packed into the weekend that you won’t want to miss. Lots of festival activities are free, some are ticketed. For a full and expandable schedule of events, tickets, and lodging packages, go to blowingrockwinterfest.com. Tickets and info are also available by calling 828-295-7851.


WinterFest, which has been named a AAA “Top Pick” and a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, is organized by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and presented by Hendrick Luxury Group.