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Fall festivals on the horizon

Summer is fading fast and now we look forward to the best of the coming season: cool, crisp weather, holiday preparations and fall festivals. Some of the upcoming area events you can enjoy are listed below.

Blacksburg’s annual Brew Do is happening this Saturday at First & Main, across from the South Main Kroger shopping center, featuring local beer, food vendors, live music and a craft brew competition. Tickets for those drinking are $20-$30 in advance or $25-$35 at the gate; entry only is $5. Proceeds will benefit the Blacksburg Partnership. Contact: 540-443-2008 or info@blacksburgbrewdo.com.

A Fall Festival, sponsored by Walker Mt. Lutheran Parish and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will be held at the HOPE Ministry Center on Saturday, Sept. 21, from at 8 a.m.–2 p.m. The festival will include art, crafts, garden harvest, canned goods, baked goods, breakfast biscuits, hotdogs and barbecue. Proceeds will go to benefit Lebanon and Holy Advent Lutheran Churches and the Community Food Kitchen. HOPE Ministry Center is located at Twelfth & Main streets in downtown Wytheville. Contact: 686-454-7871

New River Trail State Park will host Family Fest on Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at 9 a.m. Family Fest will include a moon bounce, face painting, kids’ games, music and concessions. Contact: 276-699-6778

Highland Ridge Rehab Center’s Fifth Annual Fall Festival happens Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be free kids’ activities, free popcorn, cotton candy and face painting, a free moon bounce, petting zoo and pony rides, along with antique cars, live music, a live WPSK broadcast and food and other vendors. Highland Ridge Rehab is located at 5872 Hanks Avenue in Dublin. Contact: 674-4193

Riner’s Sinkland Farms will kick off its annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, September 28 with all-day rocket launching, a demonstration of “punkin’ chunkin” and attractions from Dave’s Moonwalks & More. The Pumpkin Festival will continue every weekend throughout October with different special events, including the Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 4–6 with German food, beer and music. Regular features throughout the Pumpkin Festival will include hay rides, pony rides, rocket launches, air launchers, face painting, art, fall decor, farm animals, a corn maze, food and ice cream. For information about costs for different events and to purchase Oktoberfest tickets, call 540-382-4640 or visit www.sinklandfarms.com.

Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. is the Pembroke Heritage Festival. Snidow Street in Pembroke will be blocked off for the festival. There will be live music and entertainment, a Giles County School of Dance competition, Giles Sheriff’s Department finger printing, the Giles Animal Rescue a pet show, blood pressure checks, pumpkins, baked goods, apple butter making, handmade crafts, food vendors, a horseshoe throwing contest, a car show, bingo, a live wild animal educational show including snakes, a movie on the lawn and fireworks. Contact: 540-626-7772

October 11-12 and 18-19 will be the Bavarian Bash at Mountain Lake Lodge.

The celebration will include feasting, German beers and wines and music with the Sauerkraut Band, a German oompah group. Advanced reservations are required. Contact: 540-626-7121 x 7

On Saturday, Oct. 12 the 18th annual Radford University Highlanders Festival brings together games, music, food and craft vendors and entertainment for a Celtic-themed celebration open to all. The festival runs 10 a.m.-5p.m. on Radford University’s Moffett Quad. Contact: 831-6255.

The Newbern Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts will happen on Oct. 12-13 (Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.), rain or shine. The festival will include original arts and crafts

such as baskets, jewelry, handmade furniture, woodworking items,
Amish baked goods,
fire truck viewing at the fire station,
food and beverage vendors,
books, author signings and pony rides.
Contact 540-674-4835 or e-mail  wildernessmuseum@gmail.com

Wytheville’s Williams Orchard is having its October Fall Festival every weekend in October, featuring pick-your-own-pumpkins, a corn maze, hayrides, a pumpkin chunker and an apple launcher; Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 12-5 p.m. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are free for children 5 and under and $3 ages 6 – adult; hayrides to the pumpkin patch and corn maze are free for children 5 and under and $9 for ages 6 – adult. Williams Orchard is located on W. Lee Highway. Contact: 276-686-4851