STRASBURG — Hundreds turned out on a sunny Saturday afternoon for Vintage in the Valley.

Kathy and Jim Cridge, of Strasburg, enjoyed themselves on the new pavilion as they listened to area musician Diablo Dimes perform his unique style of music that includes blues, Americana, ragtime and more.

“He is very good,” Kathy said. ‘This festival, it’s all interesting.”

People, mostly families, also enjoyed the music acts of Kevin Booth singing Elvis tunes and Liz Ruffner performing songs by Patsy Cline.

People were also going into area businesses, and several area restaurants were offering specials or something new for Saturday to lure people in.

People also walked from vendor booth to vendor booth. That included the booth of Nicole Henry, owner of Tannery Rags in Star Tannery.

Henry creates handcrafted rugs of various sizes and colors, made the old-fashioned way and mostly using resourced material — substances found in the natural world that have practical use and value for humans.

She also makes boas and decorative felted items for the hair.

She was racking up sales, having sold five of her rugs.

Festivals and farmers markets give her an opportunity to show and sell her product.

“I like to do it. I like to weave. This is a good way to sell my product,” Henry said.

And since the festival is all about vintage in the valley, the festival showcased a fashion show of which most of the clothing came from Lydia’s Closet, started by Strasburg resident Nancy Balavage.

Balavage was one of about 30 people, ranging in age from 7 to 81, who were part of the fashion show, which was emceed by Dan Feldbusch.

To start the show, Feldbusch read a portion of a poem called “Patina” that Hilton said was written by Richard Follett.

“Vintage is the best of the past, carried forward to remind us that we once took the time, once put forth the effort to do things right – to make things worth holding on to.”

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