You can always find an adventure in the mountains and valleys of Putnam County. This weekend, take the time to relax outdoors and venture to events that you might not have tried before.


Every rollercoaster junkie’s favorite time of the year is here! The Putnam County Fair begins this Friday, July 8th and will continue to offer thrills and treats until July 16th. It’s located at the Ernest Page Jr. Fairgrounds in Eleanor Park, and gates open at 6pm on opening day. The festivities will include (but are not limited to) carnival rides, live music and entertainment, motorsports, rodeo events, 4H and FFA animal showmanship exhibitions, and lots of food! Tickets can be purchased here, and if you want to sneak a peek at the schedule for each day, click here.


For those of you that prefer to spend your weekends on quiet trails with tall trees, don’t forget about the hiking and biking trails scattered around the county. Eleanor Park is the proud home of a 19.5-km loop trail that takes over 4 hours to complete! You better pack some snacks if you’re adding that to your to-do list. Meeks Mountain Trails in Hurricane City Park also offers multiple routes and treks for you to explore. Hikers, bikers, and dogs are all welcome on their mountain peak paths. And, of course, there’s even an option for novice hikers who prefer a leisurely stroll, as Valley Park has some more mild tracks through their Bear Wood FairyTrail.


As always, the Putnam Farmer’s Market is open this Saturday to supply all your local produce and quail egg needs. The Market sets up shop in Area 34, located beside the Exxon and across from the Putnam County Library on Route 34. Vendors will be selling their wares from 9am-1pm, so don’t forget to stop by!


This weekend, discover your new favorite parts of Appalachia and stay wild, Putnam County.