The town of New Market will celebrate its history on Saturday during the annual Heritage Days festival.

The festival will feature food, crafters, artisans, live entertainment and more. New Market Chamber of Commerce President Amy Proctor said that the festival is the perfect opportunity for the community to come together to learn about the town’s history and show support for local businesses.

“It’s a great time of year to see the local vendors and crafters,” Proctor said. “It’s also a great time for people to learn about the history of New Market.” 

New to the festival will be a classic car and truck show at the New Market Rebel Baseball Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Proctor said there will be a hayride shuttle that will travel to and from the main festival area on Congress Street at no extra charge.

Other events include battle ax forging demonstrations at the Sun Trust parking lot and an S Gauge train display by Michael Myers at the Rouss Center for the Arts. Children’s games and face painting will also be available.

Brian Buchanan will kick off the festival’s musical entertainment at 10 a.m. PRIME Band will take the stage starting at noon, while Stone Rollin’ will perform at 2:30 p.m. Food vendors Boomin’ Dogs, Fly’n Pig, His Child’s Bakery, Poppy’s Kettle Corn, StickE Fingers, and the Southern Emporium will be onsite.

Despite the rainy weather the area has had recently, Proctor said she thinks that the weather will be kind to the festival.

“We’re expecting nice weather this weekend, so we’re hoping for a really good turnout,” Proctor said.

If You Go

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday with other activities ending at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown New Market.

Admission: Free.

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