VALLE CRUCIS — “There is no comparison to past years,” commented Capt. Carolyn Johnson of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department when asked about how adding a second entrance to the Valle Country Fair has impacted traffic to and from the popular harvest festival. “The second entrance allowed traffic to flow smoothly and made for a happier crowd both coming and going.”

For years, scores of potential Fair patrons have let the anticipation of roads clogged with long lines of vehicles stop them from experiencing the sights, sounds and flavors of one of the region’s premier mountain festivals and crafts expositions. But now, in its 44th year, traffic congestion is no longer a reason to avoid the sprawling church bazaar.

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