Vintage Woodstock Festival set for this evening

A look into the past will take place at the annual Vintage Woodstock Festival starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

The event will include music by Revolution, dancing, an historic reenactment and demonstrations, food vendors, a wine and beer garden, and children’s activities.

Katie Mercer, enhancement coordinator with the Woodstock Enhancement Committee, said that Mark Maloy, a National Park Service park ranger and historian will reenact a famous speech by Peter Muhlenberg on the historic courthouse steps every hour during the festival. He will also answer questions between speeches.

In order to make this event possible, she said the enhancement committee, made up of community volunteers, meets  monthly to come up with new ideas to add to the event each year and to decide what aspects to keep. The Vintage Woodstock Festival began in 2010.

“It’s a process that begins in January with deciding which band to host before they’re all booked and then all the way through to the little details the day of the event,” she said. “It involves lots of help from wonderful volunteers and our fantastic public works crew.”

She added that the typical turnout for this event is between 1,500 to 2,500 people each year.

Vendors open at 6 p.m. in the Woodstock Court Square. Admission is free.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com