The 2021 Back 2 School Festival will be held in-person on August 6 and 7 this year at Watauga High School, with each school in Watauga County being assigned a specific time for students and their families to pick up school supplies.

Last year, the festival had a record attendance of over 1,400 students, providing school supplies and shoes to children of all ages whose families may be struggling to purchase these supplies on their own.

The festival is collecting supplies through its annual Pack the Bus campaign, with school buses parked at First National Bank on Blowing Rock Rd. and Peak Insurance at New Market Center now through July 30.

Donations may be left on the buses during regular business hours.

Organizers are also actively seeking sponsors and volunteers to help fund and staff the two-day event.

You can learn more about how to get involved at