WinterFest check presentation

Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce members and nonprofit representatives pose with a check for $26,500, raised from the Blowing Rock WinterFest events from Jan. 23-26. Pictured are PJ Wirchansky, Karen Marinelli, Patti Jupiter, Caroline Davis, Jennifer Brown, Zak Amar, Rhona Smith, Mike Page, Joyce Zellner, Dana Clark, Zika Rea, Emily Brinker, Todd Carter and Ronnie Mark.

BLOWING ROCK – A total of $26,500 was raised in the 22nd annual Blowing Rock WinterFest event, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce announced March 4.

The four-day festival from Jan. 23-26 had dozens of events, many of which benefited different charities.

The WinterFashion Show held at Chetola featured local retailers’ winter and spring fashions. Proceeds from this event benefited The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge.

The Polar Bear Plunge at Chetola Lake has participants “Freezin’ For A Reason” when they dare to take the icy plunge. Proceeds from the Polar Bear Plunge benefit Western Youth Network and the Hospitality House of the High Country.

The Blowing Rock Rotary Charity Chili Challenge had 14 nonprofits participate in the event. And the High Country Keg Pull produced by Partners! Canines had a record turnout with 80 dogs taking the challenge.

The Mountain Alliance Silent Auction at the American Legion had items from over 200 businesses.

For more information on the event or nonprofits listed above, contact the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851 or online at

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