Today in Rip Payne

15 Mar

by Emma Earnst

On this day in 1968, Rip Payne made the drive to Highland County to shoot their biggest event of the year, the Maple Festival.  For those of you who haven’t heard of this one-of-a-kind event, the Highland County Maple Festival is an annual celebration of Virginia maple syrup (specifically, Highland County maple syrup).  Proclaimed as “Virginia’s Switzerland,”  the backwoodsy area bursts to life every March in celebration of their beloved sugar.  The festival has even been designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress (1999).  It is completely worth the drive, so if you don’t have any plans this weekend (other than hitting up the new WWI exhibit), then you should take advantage of this fantastic weather and head on over!

And yes, boys, they still do a Maple Queen contest.

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  1. Today in Rip Payne « - April 17, 2012

    […] is, here’s a map.  Basically, the town resides in a little valley in Highland County (with whom we have visited before), tucked between the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests about two hours northwest […]

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