ABINGDON, Va. -

The Virginia Highlands Festival is getting ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors.

This is the 66th year for the 10-day event. The festival does not charge an admission fee, but they are asking people to donate $1 to help support festival activities.

There will be entry gates on Remsburg Drive, which is the street where the farmer's market is located.

Festival organizer Becky Caldwell says the small fee will help them continue to provide all the activities and fun, and they're excited about the vendors who will be there this year. "We are bursting at the seams this year. We are really fortunate," she said. "Our arts and crafts committee has done an amazing job recruiting vendors and recruiting artisans from all over the state, and actually all over the region."

The festival kicks off Friday at 10 a.m.

New activities this year include vintage bi-plane rides and a classic car show Friday night before the beach party concert.

For more information visit vahighlandsfestival.org.