The town of Edinburg will be transported back in time with the Ole Time Festival this weekend.

The festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday, celebrates the past with music, food, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.

Dwayne Ryman, the chairman of the festival, said that an audience favorite, Aikenback Steamers — who provide large scale model trains — will be returning to the Ole Time Festival this year.

“They were at Dollar General last year,” said Ryman. “This time will be bigger and better.”

Ryman said that the traditional Civil War dance will be replaced with an old-time sock hop. The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Another new event is the doggie costume contest that will be held at Penelope’s Cafe from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Winners will receive ribbons, while homemade dog biscuits will be given to all participants. All dogs must be in costume.

The festival will kick-off with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today. Today’s activities will include an old-time sing-along and a square and line dance. Live music will begin at 6 p.m. with the Walnut Ridge Boys followed by the Cooters Band at 7 p.m.

Other events throughout the festival include the March Through Town parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, bed races starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, a wine tasting at the Edinburg Mill Museum from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and an open house and special program on Freemasonry from the Hunter Masonic Lodge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Food vendors, including Rutz Backyard Barbecue, Tony’s Pizza and Hooser and Company. Arts and crafts vendors, including Glass Reflections, Crafty Crafts, and Cottage Crafts, will be present.

“We have several new crafters this year,” said Ryman. “We have the same wonderful food selections throughout the town as in previous years.”

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.edinburgoletimefestival.org

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com