Festivals and Markets Galore! 🍓

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Provided by City of Manassas Economic Development Department

On Your Mark, Get Set … GO!

Lace up those running shoes!

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Anything’s PAWSible Festival & 5K Fun Run April 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Manassas Museum Lawn.

This family-fun festival and 5K raises funds so children with disabilities gain access to service dogs for increased independence, emotional support, and improved self-esteem. Food and drink vendors, live music, raffles, silent auction, face painting, bounce house, and Disney characters will be onsite.

The 5K route winds through Historic Downtown with water checkpoints and motivational trinkets for participants. Medals are awarded to children as they cross the finish line!

Don’t forget to bring those furry friends for all the fun! Dogs, strollers, and all mobility devices are warmly welcomed.

Registration check-in begins at 10 a.m. For ticket information click HERE. NO cost to enjoy the festival and cheer on the runners!

Click HERE to learn more about Anything’s PAWSible.

Partner Spotlight: 2024 Farmers Markets

Because one isn’t enough, Manassas has two!

When it comes to fresh produce and local goods, the City of Manassas has TWO Farmers Markets – open rain or shine – organized by Historic Manassas Inc. (HMI).

For the 2024 season, the Thursday market kicks off April 11 and goes through Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Harris Pavilion. Saturday’s market is April 13 through Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Prince William Street Commuter Lot.

With a wide selection of farms and vendors, visitors have plenty of choices for just-picked produce, flowers, herbs, potted plants, desserts, and more. Gather enough for a picnic to enjoy on the Manassas Museum Lawn complete with outdoor patio seating and picnic tables in the shade.

The markets accept cash, credit cards, and SNAP, and participates in Virginia Fresh Match and Senior & WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (S/FMNP) food access initiatives. Awarded the prestigious Gold Level Certification in 2024 by the Virginia Farmers Market Association (VAFMA) and named “Best in Northern Virginia” by Virginia Living Magazine in 2023, these markets are sure to please!

So bring friends and family for an outing in Historic Downtown Manassas! Click HERE for info on HMI’s Farmers Markets,

Hints of History

With school days winding down, check out this 1950s photo snapped in front of the Old Bennett School (1909) on Lee Avenue.

Bennett School was named after City of Manassas resident Dr. Maitland C. Bennett, who donated two acres of land for the school near the historic Manassas Court House (1894).

Dated April 5, 1950, this photo is titled “Junior Women’s Club Presenting Traffic Signs” and is stored in the Manassas Museum’s Online Collections. It shows members of the Junior Women’s Club presenting two traffic signs to members of the school administration. Pictured from left: Reams Bennett, Angela Gregory, Daniel Kelson, Mary Ann (?), unknown man; in front, Safety Patrol Boy Beverly Bourne.

Click here for more photos from the Manassas Museum’s Online Collection.

 

 

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