Special Events

Child Fest is back as a drive thru event!

Join us on Saturday, June 26th at Mitchell High School, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Child Fest! Check out the Story Time Express, you never know what storybook characters will be hanging out with us!  Each car will receive information about local resources and every kiddo will receive a bag filled with fun activities to take home and enjoy. We’ll have a Farm Friends Safari, a variety of characters, and door prizes. If there is a golden pinwheel in your resource information, you won a door prize.

Saturday night we are partnering with 4-H for Wheels & Reels, a FREE showing of “Finding Nemo”. Parking in the student parking lot begins at 8:30 pm and the movie starts about 9:00 pm so bring your lawn chairs to get comfortable and enjoy this family friendly summer classic. Please call the Mitchell County Extension office at 828.688.4811 to register for the movie.

Child Fest brings together our two favorite things— fun activities for the young (and young at heart!) with lots of valuable information about services that are available locally for parents and caregivers of young children.

Next Child Fest:

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mitchell High School

Taste of the Blue Ridge 2021

Taste of the Blue Ridge is our annual signature fundraiser – come out and have fun while supporting services for kids and families!  Because of Coronavirus, we are postponing Taste of the Blue Ridge until August 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone in Burnsville next summer where people can enjoy local food & beverages, play games, and place bids on a variety of amazing auction packages donated by businesses and residents. All money raised in our community stays in our community. Thank you for your wonderful support these last three years and we can’t wait to see ya again in 2021!


The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children serves families, parents & children in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties. We encourage everyone to take advantage of all the great resources, training sessions, and special events we offer each year.

Next Taste:


Burnsville Town Center


The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children hosts BLOCK Fest® events in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties every year. BLOCK Fest is a research-based, interactive exhibit that promotes early math and science learning for young children through block play.

Next Block Fest:

Will be Re-scheduled

Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Newland


Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloween is a festive day full of FREE, fun and healthy activities sponsored by local service providers. Kids wear their costumes and “trick or treat” at all of the vendor tables where they receive a healthy snack or prize or play a fun game.

Next Healthy Halloween:


Avery Rock Gym, Newland

AMY Wee Trade

AMY Wee Trade is a semi-annual children’s consignment sale supporting our Imagination Library literacy program. We like to think of AMY Wee Trade as a win, win, win: consignors sell items to make money for their family budgets, shoppers get great deals on kids’ clothes and toys, and the Partnership raises valuable funds to distribute FREE books to children in our community.

Next AMY Wee Trade:

September 16-18

Cross Street Commerce Center

Spruce Pine