Virginia Creeper Trail Club:
The VCTC is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of the Creeper Trail corridor. The VCTC merchandise will be 10% off at the festival, located at the Info & Merchandise booth at the VCT Welcome Center near the Trail Head.
Base Camp Pavilion:
Presentations, Meet-ups for CT Excursions and Clinics. Located directly behind the VCT Welcome Center
Info & Merchandise Tent:
Your source for festival maps, outdoor recreation guides, Abingdon maps & Creeper Fest merchandise.
Bike Safety Inspection: Bring your bike for a safety inspection before hitting the trail. Available throughout the day at the VCTC booth.
Abingdon Animal Medical Center
Small animal veterinary medical center specializing in keeping dogs and cats healthy and happy. Friendly faces and modern technology provide elite medical and surgical care with a little something extra.
We will be providing a little something fun and extra for your fur babies! Our groomer will be applying dog hair feathers or a creative art design from blow pens for dogs!
Adventure Damascus and Sundog Outfitter: Presenting Sponsor of Creeper Fest Pump Track Outfitters right along the Virginia Creeper Trail and the Appalachian Trail. We provide bicycle rentals and shuttles, hiker shuttles, gear sales for both biking and hiking and tons of local souvenirs. Giveaways and coupons at booth. How to Hike with Your Dog clinic at 1PM at their booth. Sunset Ride on the Creeper Trail at conclusion of festival.
A Likely Yarn
"Just across the tracks from the head of the Virginia Creeper Trail, we offer a variety of yarns and fibers to knit, crochet, spin, weave, and felt! We will have bike wheels to 'yarn bomb' and you can try your hand at knitting or crocheting! We will be using our practice swatches to beautify the neighborhood. Don't forget to pick up a coupon for a free class at A Likely Yarn, good through August 22nd."
Appalachian Trail Conservancy & Mt Rogers Appalachian Trail Club: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. Giveaways & info at booth and “What to bring on the trail” game teaching what to bring backpacking and what to leave home.
Coomes Center: Grab a Scavenger Hunt for Kids at any of the Info Booths during the festival. Hop on the trail and find all of the natural treasures to receive a free pool pass to use this summer! No booth on site.
Central Appalachian Climbing Coalition: In 2015, the Southwest Virginia Climbers Coalition (SVCC) was established to develop, maintain, and promote climbing in an area that is often overlooked. Since then, it became apparent that the SVCC must expand its coverage area to encompass the void between the Red and New River Gorges and other popular climbing areas of Virginia and Tennessee. The Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition, a 501(c)3 organization, was the result of this expansion. Our coverage area includes the familiar Grayson Highlands and the likely unfamiliar Breaks Interstate Park and Guest River Gorge. The climbing in our coverage area is situated along some of the most scenic landscapes of the region and offers the solitude to fully enjoy them.
Demo Pool Sponsored by Jack's 128 and USA Raft: Join us at the newest addition to the VA Creeper Fest! 15,000 gallons of water will help us highlight the exciting water sports available in SWVA. From sit atop kayaks, to stand-up-paddleboards, you'll be able to demo new gear and attend a kayak clinic at 2pm, and SUP clinics at 1pm and 4pm. Presented by Soho Excursions. FREE!
Food City Presenting Music Sponsor:
Food City will be on site with their Smoke Trailer, serving up delicious barbeque all day! They will also have a booth on site with kids' activities and free samples of their Trail Mix to take with you on your trail excursions!
FeeldTrips is the newest outdoors outfitters in Damascus, VA. Our guided trips include: Fly Fishing, Kayak Fishing, Hiking, Backpacking and Mountain Biking. We also offer outdoor educational outreach programs to public and private groups with in and outside of the classroom lessons. All of our guides are CPR and First Aid Certified, professional and extremely knowledgeable to the southwestern Virginia outdoor opportunities. Our booth will include 3-D Photo booth with Kayaks and two fly stations for kids.
Fetch N Fly: Humans and their canines of all skill levels are encouraged to come out and enjoy the sport of disc. We do disc dog demonstrations at schools and community events, host competitions, and offer "Jam Sessions" that promote fun and safe play. Disc Dog Demos at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00. Come to the booth to learn more about getting started throwing disc with your dogs!
Hambones Entertainment: Hambones will be on site offering balloon animals and art for kids and kids at heart!
Highlands Festival Presents Plein Air Workshop: Join artist, Kyle Buckland, at the Wye Park on the Creeper Trail at 10am to learn plein air painting techniques. Bring your painting supplies and canvas and take advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills from a nationally known artist.
Highlands Ski and Outdoor Center: Outdoor outfitter in Abingdon, Virginia, is a specialty retail shop that can furnish you in outdoor equipment and clothing to suit any kind of weather for all of your outdoor activities. We also house a full service bike repair shop. Sale items and giveaways all day.
Holston Mountain Artisans Carving Club: Members of the Holston Mountain Artisans Carving Club will demonstrate their skills at the festival and invite visitors to try their hands at whittling. The craft co-operative, based at 214 Park Street in Abingdon, has presented traditional and contemporary handwork from our region for 47 years. Also, head over to their store at 214 Park Street for some street faire with other craftspeople demonstrating their skills. Parking is available for festival visitors in their back lot.
Hungry Mother State Park: Native animal education with interactive skulls and pelts all day at their booth.
MAGIC-Award Winning Illusionist Joseph Young: NEW!! This year enjoy the shows of Illusionist, Josephy Young with shows at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm at the Creeper Fest. Look for him near the inflatable Obstacle Course. Joseph Young is an Internationally Acclaimed award-winning entertainer from Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He has shared his talents throughout the United States since 1996. Performing over 120 shows annually, he specializes in shows for all events: corporate, family, school, non-profit and faith-based organizations. Young’s outstanding performances weave a magical web of his distinctive energy with hilarious audience interaction, and squeaky-clean humor creating a personalized experience you will NEVER forget.
MTN Sports Limited: Outdoor outfitter based in Bristol, VA. E-Bike Demo Rides, Fly Fishing Casting Demo, How to Change a Tube and Patch a Tire, Demo Hammock Fleet setup for rest area at A Street Park.
SoHo Xcursions: Presenting SUP Clinics at 1pm & 4pm and Kayak Clinic at 2pm
Located on the breathtaking water of the South Holston Lake-just 10 minutes from downtown Abingdon, SoHo Xcursions is about having fun on the water with some of our awesome recreational activities including kayaks, paddle boards, Jetblade, and Aquapark!
Tennessee Tees & Design: New vendor for 2019! Join TT & D at their booth for Nerf target games and wheel spinning for the kids.
The Nature Conservancy: TNC works to conserve and protect the lands and waters in SWVA and throughout the world. At the Creeper Fest, The Nature Conservancy will have information and displays on the unique biodiversity of our region.
Trek Bicycle Store: is people committed to changing lives through cycling. Who strive to enhance the riding experience worldwide through innovative products, dynamic partnerships, bicycle friendly development, and exceptional dealer and customer care. They will offer Trailside Repair Clinics at their booth throughout the festival and will include skills like changing your tube in your tire. They will also have e-bikes for demo rides
Unplug SWVA : Presenting Trail Running 101 at 12pm
Trail Running 101 - Covering the basics of how to approach trail running for beginners. We’ll talk about choosing the right gear, technique for different types of terrain/ elevation, proper training and progression protocols, basic navigation and map reading, where and who to train with locally, events around the area, etc. The presentation will be followed by a brief trail run on the Creeper for those who are interested (apprx 2 miles).
Taught by Coomes Center and ACE Certified Personal Trainer Adam Parks. Adam is a trail enthusiast who runs a local hiking group called Unplug SWVA as well as an endurance race company called the App(ugh)lachian Race Series.
Virginia Highlands Community College: VHCC Informational and Exhibition Booth. We will highlight our outdoor activities through a hands on activity and share about our related programs.
Holston River Master Naturalists :
“One-use Wonders - Don't Get Rid of it....Get CREATIVE!
With recycling opportunities disappearing, and one-use plastics destroying our uniquely beautiful Southwest Virginia eco-systems, what do we do?
Holston Rivers Master Naturalist will share ideas on ways to reuse, reduce, re-purpose some everyday items to help preserve our eco-system. We will share current statics on one-use items in our environment and information concerning the loss of some of southwest Virginia's recycling options.
Discover some amazingly creative ideas and games repurposing common household single-use products!”
White Blaze Hiking: New Vendor for 2019
Visit the newest guide service in SWVA and learn how to pack for a thru hike and test your knowledge with their Survival Quiz at their booth all day.
Whitetop Yoga strives to offer our community a spacious, beautiful, serene studio and multiple quiet comforts. FREE community yoga class in the A Street Park at 11:00am and Yoga for Runners at 4:30pm
Wolf Hills Brewing: Join us for a tour of Wolf Hills Brewing Co. located at the Olde Icehouse. The tour led by Wolf Hills Brewing's head brewer will include hands-on exhibitions of how beer is made, ingredients, processes, how to approach and taste beer, a tour of the brewing facility, and stories about the brewery's history and probably random tidbits that come to mind. Tours will be held at 1PM and 3PM. Parking available, with a short walk to the festival right around the corner. Tours are $10 and include a pint of beer & glass to take home. Register by clicking here.