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Pulaski Fest on tap locally

This weekend will be filled with events in the Town of Pulaski as it hosts its annual PulaskiFest and then closes out the weekend with an Autumn Leaf Special trolley tour.
A variety of new activities are in line for PulaskiFest this year, including a pet performance, kazoo show and sky bikes.
However, for those who enjoy some of the traditional events, such as the Virginia Highlands Pipe and Drum Corps., will not be disappointed.
The festival gets underway at 9 a.m. Saturday in Jackson Park, between Commerce and First streets, and continues until 5 p.m.
“It’s going to be a whole weekend of activities,” said Barbie Tate, the town’s community relations director. In addition to scheduled events, she said activities for all ages will be ongoing throughout the day.
Admission to the festival is free. However, wristbands are required to take part in the ongoing activities such as sky bikes, sumo suit challenges, bungee runs and the moon bounce.
Sky bikes are one of this year’s new activities. Tate explained that a sky bike is a bicycle attached to a device that allows the user to make the bike swing back and forth based on the speed of peddling. The faster the rider pedals the higher the bike will go. It will eventually make a 360-degree circle if the rider pedals fast enough.
A caricaturist also will be on hand drawing caricatures. A one dollar ticket must be purchased to have a caricature drawn.
Wristbands and tickets will be available at a registration tent set up in Jackson Park.
Trolley rides will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take festival-goers to and from Jackson Park and downtown Pulaski, where merchants will be holding open houses and special sales.
Scheduled events in Jackson Park are as follows:
10 a.m. – Radford Dance Center Exhibition – a group of children performing tap, jazz and ballet.
10:30 a.m. – United Voices church group.
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Action Pets USA: described as a “fast-paced, high energy pet show” that offers a variety of “unique tricks, amazing stunts and audience participation.” The group consists of 12 “rescued” dogs of various breeds and sizes and an umbrella cockatoo performing along with Action Pets owners Debbie and “Shorty” Abbenante.
Noon and 3:30 p.m. – Kazoobie Kazoo Show: a decade-old traveling show in which each person attending the show receives a free kazoo (while supplies last) and gets to perform in the show’s grand finale.
4 p.m. – Pulaski Grass bluegrass performance.
All shows take place in Jackson Park.
Food and drinks will be available all day, in addition to arts and crafts vendors, book signings, and more.
On Sunday, the town trolley will become the “Autumn Leaf Special” for a guided tour of the area’s fall foliage.

The 1:30-3:30 p.m. tour will encompass the town and parts of the county, including Gatewood Park.
Cost of the tour is $2 per person or free for children under age 13. The trolley will depart from the Maple Shade parking lot.

To register for the tour, call 994-8627.

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Pulaski Fest on tap locally

This weekend will be filled with events in the Town of Pulaski as it hosts its annual PulaskiFest and then closes out the weekend with an Autumn Leaf Special trolley tour.
A variety of new activities are in line for PulaskiFest this year, including a pet performance, kazoo show and sky bikes.
However, for those who enjoy some of the traditional events, such as the Virginia Highlands Pipe and Drum Corps., will not be disappointed.
The festival gets underway at 9 a.m. Saturday in Jackson Park, between Commerce and First streets, and continues until 5 p.m.
“It’s going to be a whole weekend of activities,” said Barbie Tate, the town’s community relations director. In addition to scheduled events, she said activities for all ages will be ongoing throughout the day.
Admission to the festival is free. However, wristbands are required to take part in the ongoing activities such as sky bikes, sumo suit challenges, bungee runs and the moon bounce.
Sky bikes are one of this year’s new activities. Tate explained that a sky bike is a bicycle attached to a device that allows the user to make the bike swing back and forth based on the speed of peddling. The faster the rider pedals the higher the bike will go. It will eventually make a 360-degree circle if the rider pedals fast enough.
A caricaturist also will be on hand drawing caricatures. A one dollar ticket must be purchased to have a caricature drawn.
Wristbands and tickets will be available at a registration tent set up in Jackson Park.
Trolley rides will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take festival-goers to and from Jackson Park and downtown Pulaski, where merchants will be holding open houses and special sales.
Scheduled events in Jackson Park are as follows:
10 a.m. – Radford Dance Center Exhibition – a group of children performing tap, jazz and ballet.
10:30 a.m. – United Voices church group.
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Action Pets USA: described as a “fast-paced, high energy pet show” that offers a variety of “unique tricks, amazing stunts and audience participation.” The group consists of 12 “rescued” dogs of various breeds and sizes and an umbrella cockatoo performing along with Action Pets owners Debbie and “Shorty” Abbenante.
Noon and 3:30 p.m. – Kazoobie Kazoo Show: a decade-old traveling show in which each person attending the show receives a free kazoo (while supplies last) and gets to perform in the show’s grand finale.
4 p.m. – Pulaski Grass bluegrass performance.
All shows take place in Jackson Park.
Food and drinks will be available all day, in addition to arts and crafts vendors, book signings, and more.
On Sunday, the town trolley will become the “Autumn Leaf Special” for a guided tour of the area’s fall foliage.

The 1:30-3:30 p.m. tour will encompass the town and parts of the county, including Gatewood Park.
Cost of the tour is $2 per person or free for children under age 13. The trolley will depart from the Maple Shade parking lot.

To register for the tour, call 994-8627.

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