Town rolls out 20th annual arts and crafts show

By Ryan Cornell

The New Market Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 20th annual Heritage Days Festival this weekend.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the town will fill up with local crafters and artisans, food vendors and children’s activities.

Visitors will be able to take tours and watch open rehearsals at the Schultz Theatre as well as view artisan demonstrations at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation building.

One new addition to this year’s festival is a scavenger hunt. Kids participating in the scavenger hunt can read riddles that will lead them to the 11 stores involved.

The scavenger hunt is for children 5 to 12 years old, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, beginning and ending at the Old General Store at 9408 Congress St.

Other children’s activities include face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.

Liz Gum, a volunteer with the chamber, said about 2,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event.

“We would like to enhance our businesses and have new people come into town to patronize our businesses,” she said. “It gets everyone to come to our quaint little town that we love so much.”

The town will also fill up with the melodies of performing musicians.

Performances on Saturday include Tommy Hepner from 1 to 3 p.m. and the Rinard Family Band from 3 to 5 p.m. On Sunday, Brian Buchanan will perform from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 3 Lost Goats will perform from noon to 3 p.m.

The New Market Fire and Rescue Department will hold its annual fall fling on Saturday, with those who purchase tickets eligible to win prizes.

The Heritage Days Festival will be held on Congress Street in downtown New Market.

For more information, visit http://www.newmarketcoc.net or call 540-740-3212.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com