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Vint Hill wrapped up its first-annual Summer Block Party Series on August 12, and the success of the six-event series further underscores that the community’s signature event, the Vint Hill Fall Festival, will be even bigger than last year.
The second-annual Fall Festival takes place on Saturday, September 24. The free-to-attend event already has landed more than 100 vendors and expects to draw out the Fauquier County community and surrounding areas for a day of food, fun, and festivities.
The inaugural Fall Festival in 2015 drew more than 3,000 people. The fact that each block party drew several hundred people and attendance increased as the series went on suggests that this year’s Fall Festival will once again exceed expectations.
“The block party series hit its marks, offering local residents a casual atmosphere to relax, enjoy treats from local and regional food trucks, and gather here in Vint Hill,” explains Ed Moore, president of Vint Hill Village, LLC. “The Fall Festival is the ideal follow-up to a summer of casual fun. We already have topped last year’s numbers in terms of vendors, and have secured more food trucks and several new additions.”
Last year’s festival restored the spirit of a seasonal tradition that was first introduced in the days of the former Vint Hill Farms Station Army base. The annual street fair is held on the last Saturday in September to celebrate local businesses and the rich history that characterizes the Vint Hill property.
In response to the larger-than-expected turnout of last year’s event, Vint Hill is building the excitement with the anticipation of eight to ten food trucks, multiple dessert trucks and up to 150 retail, craft and service vendors. Featured entertainment and attractions slated for this year’s event include a classic car show by Camelot Classic Cars, a bee hive demonstration by Sweet Virginia Foundation, multiple petting zoos, children’s activities, unicyclists, belly dancers, Zumba for kids and musical performances by Kings Park, Leon Rector, Organized Madness and more. This year’s event will take advantage of the green space surrounding Aiken Drive—Vint Hill’s “Main Street”—by adding more rows of vendor booths. The main stage will host five bands, intermingling street performances between sets.
Among the growing list of vendors are a number of Vint Hill locals, including Green Maple Market, Bull Run Academy of Gymnastics, The Lasley Centre, The Fauquier Community Theatre, All About Kids Therapy, Lord Fairfax Community College and Fauquier County Parks & Recreation. Piedmont Dogs will also bring dog training demonstrations and water stations to support the festival as a dog-friendly event.
Retail, craft and fashion vendors scheduled to participate include Hidden Treasures Jewelry, Perfectly Posh, Lula Roe, Touchstone Crystals, The Steady Stitch, Thirty-One Gifts, Stella and Dot, Sparkles and Gem, and Scentsy.
Food trucks are expected to include SoBo Mobile, Crepe Love, The Philly Cheese Steak Food Truck, A-1 Kettle Korn, Old Tyme Stick Ice Cream, Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse, Cooking Thyme, The Pampered Chef, Black Fig Pizza, The Ugly Mug and more.
The event’s current sponsors include Country Chevrolet as the stage title sponsor, as well as Sunbelt Rentals, Bohler Engineering, the Broad Run Lifestyle Magazine, Pennoni, UVA Community Credit Union, Kerxton Insurance Agency, Warrenton Toyota, Discovery Publications, KRT Signage, Fallon, Myers & Marshall, LLP, Pro-Pave, Inc. Old Bust Head Brewing Company, JBR, Inc., Robinson Paving, and Dewberry Consultants.