Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show is Jam-Packed with Family Fun

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By Amy Taylor

The Town of Occoquan annual arts and crafts show is jam-packed with family fun. This year’s show will be held on Sept. 29 and 30. The town expects a big turnout, as is their tradition.

“Unlike other festivals, we have a 49-year tradition of having an arts and crafts show in Occoquan. Approximately 30 of our unique Occoquan shops and restaurants participate each season and we have a wide range of handmade offerings from vendors all over the country! Our typically quiet streets come to life with beautiful arts and crafts, community demonstrations, live music, great food, and large crowds!” said Julie Little, the Events and Community Development Director for the Town of Occoquan.

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Vendors from all over the U.S. will bring their handmade items to display and sell. Some of the categories represented in the show are fine art, pottery and ceramics, jewelry, home décor, gourmet food items, baby and children’s items, bath and body, pet products, digital art and graphics, wood crafts and furniture. There will be about 250 vendors participating this year.

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Not only can you find arts and crafts of all varieties, but they will have delicious concessions too. “Our food trucks are Balsamo’s Pizzeria, The Frenchman Food Truck, Funnel Cake Café, and Lunch Box on Wheels. Food tents and specialties include Shaved Ice, Southern Style Tea, Old Fashioned Kettle Corn, Wild Bill’s Soda, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Thai-Thai by Siam Spice, and the ever-popular grills!” Little said.

First-time visitors should plan to spend the day (or both days), as they’re jam-packed with activity. There will be several dance performances from the Manassas Ballet, Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet and Rockledge Assembly of Country Dancers.

Catch the sounds of local favorite Drive In Riot as they play their southern bluesy classics at River Mill Park on Saturday. On Sunday, Denny Eigell will play all your favorite classics in Mamie Davis Park.

There are lots of fun activities for kids to enjoy. Kids can dunk a police officer, explore a fire truck, get their face painted or get balloon art with Fairy Jennabelle.

The town welcomes volunteers to assist vendors and help with shuttle stops and the information booth. For more information on how you can help, contact the town.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 29, 2018
11am-12pm Manassas Ballet River Mill Park
1pm-4pm Drive In Riot, (Southern Blues Rock) River Mill Park
4pm-6pm Rockledge Assembly of English Country Dancers River Mill Park
All Day Fairy Jennabelle Face Painting Mill House Museum
All Day OWL VFD Touch-a-Truck Mill House Museum
All Day Law Enforcement United Dunk Tank Mill House Museum
All Day BXRC Drawing for 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible Mill House Museum
Sunday, September 30, 2018
11am-4pm Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet River Mill Park
4pm-5pm Rockledge Assembly of English Country Dancers River Mill Park
1pm-3pm Denny Eigell (Classic Rock) Mamie Davis Park
All Day Fairy Jennabelle Face Painting Mill House Museum
All Day OWL VFD Touch-a-Truck Mill House Museum
All Day Law Enforcement United Dunk Tank Mill House Museum
All Day BXRC Drawing for 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible Mill House Museum

Amy Taylor is a contributing writer for Prince William Living magazine.

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