It won’t be long before arts, crafts and food vendors descend on Newbern for the fall festival, held annually during the second weekend in October.
According to Newbern Volunteer Fire Department’s Brandon Hamblin and Miller Farris, about 50 to 60 vendors already have signed up for this year’s Newbern Fall Festival, but there’s room for about 100.
The festival, which draws an estimated 15,000 visitors to the historic community, will be held rain or shine Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12. Activities get underway at 8 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Past vendors who have not already been contacted and new vendors interested in participating can obtain an application form by calling 540-320-0385 (Miller), 540-250-5808 (Courtney), 540-250-0981 (Brandon), 540-230-7488 (Hillary) or 540-674-4835 (the museum), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting facebook.com/newbernfallfestival.
Vendor spaces are 12 feet square and cost $30 apiece. More than one space can be purchased. Yard sale items are not allowed and all food vendors must obtain appropriate Virginia Department of Health permits to participate.
Farris said a variety of food vendors already have reserved spaces, offering everything from barbecue and hot dogs, to hamburgers and polish sausages.
Newbern Fire Department will be selling country ham sandwiches and beverages. The department also will be holding its annual fundraising raffle. Tickets cost $1 each and prizes include a variety of items donated by area merchants and corporations.
This year’s children’s activities include pony rides, a bouncy funhouse and other playground type inflatable structures.
Musicians will provide entertainment and softball boosters representatives will be selling tickets for a chance to win a car being given away at a later date by Shelor Chevrolet. Hamblin said the town of Pulaski’s trolley will be offering free rides.
Other activities include an apple butter making demonstration, with the finished product available for purchase; a tractor pull at Ruritan National Headquarters Saturday, and sit-down meals at churches and Wilderness Road Regional Museum.
Proceeds from the festival stay within the community. Vendor fees benefit future festivals, the fire department and Newbern Community Center and parking fees go to the fire department.