Browntown hosts annual Redbud Festival Saturday

Rubber duck races, live entertainment, vendors and free redbud saplings. Every year the quaint village of Browntown invites people from all over the Northern Shenandoah Valley to celebrate their village during the annual Redbud Festival.

Martha Buracker, festival chairman, this year marks the festival’s 16th year.

“In the early spring, our small community erupts into this beautiful display of pink,” Buracker said. “Thousands of Redbuds welcome residents and travelers to the valley.”

Saturday’s festival will highlight the community’s history along with a silent auction, which will include “a wide variety, with something for everyone,” including the Jack Evans Chevrolet antique car show, craft demonstrations – which Buckner said has grown tremendously over the past few years, a photo contest and live outdoor music.

Back by popular demand will be the Humane Society with pet adoptions.

The lineup of entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with Annie, Mac and George followed by Roger and Carole Tomhave at 11 a.m., Isaac Stroupe at 12:30 p.m. and Steve Fosters Trick Mules and Kirby Covert at 1 p.m.

The annual photo contest allows festivalgoers to vote for their favorite “Browntown Views” photo. Winners receive $100 and the cover of the Browntown calendar. The top 12 will be the featured picture in the months of the calendar. There are four categories that coincide with the seasons.

The Gooney Creek Duck race begins at noon. Tickets are $5 each.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Browntown Community Center maintenance fund. In years past the festival has brought in over $8,000.

Buracker estimates that over 2,000 people will attend this year’s event.

“It’s suppose to be a beautiful weekend,” she said. “We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and celebrating the beauty of Browntown’s Redbuds.”

This is a rain or shine event.

If You Go

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Browntown.

Admission, parking: Free