Special Events

Child Fest Will Return

For 20 years, Child Fest has been the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children’s annual celebration of young children, families, and early-childhood learning. The event is held each April at Mitchell High School with activities indoor and outside including inflatables, train rides, a musical calliope, and tons of fun activities! In 2020, because of COVID-19, we are postponing the event for now, but we will be back bigger and better than ever!

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:

Will be Re-scheduled

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:

August 2021

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:

May 6-8

Cross Street Commerce Center

Spruce Pine