With fall just around the corner, Newbern Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its second year of hosting Newbern Fall Festival; slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, this year.
The festival, held annually on the second weekend in October, draws an estimated 15,000 people to the small community. Newbern Fire Chief Miller Farris said about 40-50 vendors have already signed up to participate this year, but there’s still room for more.
A 12-foot square spot costs $30 and more than one can be purchased. All arts, crafts and foods are welcome, but yard sale items are not allowed. Food vendors must obtain appropriate permits through Virginia Department of Health.
Two new attractions this year include a vendor who sells homemade goat milk hand lotions and a display by Volvo Trucks North America. Farris said planned activities for children, include pony rides, a bouncy funhouse and he hopes Lowes in Fairlawn will return with its Kid’s Clinics (crafts).
Musicians also are being sought to provide entertainment. A stage is provided.
The festival also includes an apple butter making demonstration, with the finished product available for purchase; free rides on the town of Pulaski’s trolley; sit-down meals at churches and Wilderness Road Regional Museum; children’s activities, and much more.
The fire department will also hold a raffle featuring a wide variety of prizes donated by area merchants and corporations and it will once again be selling its famous country ham sandwiches.
Proceeds from the festival stay within the community. Vendor fees benefit future festivals, the fire department and Newbern Community Center and the $1-per-car parking fee goes to the fire department.
Farris said many people don’t realize Newbern’s streetlights are paid for by the community center. Proceeds from the festival help make that possible.
Those interested in taking part in Newbern Fall Festival can obtain an application by emailing email@example.com; visiting facebook.com/newbernfallfestival; calling one of the following numbers 540-320-0385 (Miller), 540-250-5808 (Courtney), 540-250-0981 (Brandon), 540-674-4835 (the museum) or 540-230-7488 (Hillary); or by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Newbern Fall Festival, P.O. Box 328, Newbern, VA 24126.
The festival, held rain or shine, gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday. Farris said there’s no set ending time.
However, once this year’s event is over, the work begins on next year’s festival, he said. The flyers for this festival were prepared in March and applications went out in May to vendors already on the list.