Edinburg fest to return with crowd favorites

By Ryan Cornell

When the Edinburg Ole Time Festival was voted best annual festival in Shenandoah County by readers last year, it came as no shock to festival organizers, including Gloria Boone.

“We weren’t surprised that we have the best one,” she said. “We know that.”

Boone, head of festival publicity, credited the immense popularity of the festival to its wide range of events and activities.

Plenty of these favorites will return for the 34th annual Ole Time Festival, held throughout Edinburg nex weekend, from Sept. 19-21.

An antique car show will be on display on the Charterhouse School lawn, and will be “much bigger than last year,” according to Boone. The school will be open for tours and is hosting the square and line dance on Sept. 19 and the ’50s dance on Sept. 21.

At the historic Edinburg Mill and Museum, which will show a film on the attempted burning of the mill 150 years ago, a Civil War encampment will offer fife and drum music, carriage rides and apple butter boiling demonstrations. The mill also will feature an array of local crafters.

But the mill’s Civil War reenactors won’t be providing the only source of music. John-Robert Rimel, a ninth grader from Edinburg who showed the world his talents on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this spring, will sing at the festival for his first time. In addition, acts such as Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, Brenda Marston Chambers and AltoSham will be performing at the three music stages set up throughout town.

A wine and cider tasting of four local labels — Shenandoah Vineyards, North Mountain Vineyard & Winery, The Winery at Kindred Pointe and Old Hill Cider — will take place beside the Charterhouse School. A commemorative wine glass is included with each $10 tasting fee.

Boone said the bed race and the duck race, two wildly popular events, will return.

The bed race pits the fastest tricked-out bed frames against each other in a sprint down Piccadilly Street at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

Then at 4:30 p.m., the festival will host its annual duck race. After launching a number of toy duckies into Stony Creek, it’s a fight to the finish line between the numbered ducks.

“It’s a lot of fun to sit on the bank and watch all these plastic ducks go down the river,” Boone said. “You can’t really root for yours because you don’t know [which one it is] until they pull it out of the water.”

The 34th annual Edinburg Ole Time Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Festivities continue on Sept. 20 with a pioneer breakfast at 7 a.m. and the March Through Town parade at 1 p.m. The festival wraps up with a closing ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

“It seems like a lot of the other festivals have a lot of music and crafters, but we have so many different things going on,” said Boone. “It’s been going on for so long that we’re just really good at it.”

Where: Various locations throughout Edinburg
When: Sept. 19-21
Cost: Free admission; $10 for wine and cider tasting
Call: 410-440-8117
Online: http://tiny.cc/4kemlx