NEW CASTLE – The 30th Annual Craig County Fall Festival will be this Saturday and the day promises excitement for everyone, sponsors say.
More than 100 spaces on Main Street and Court Streets have been rented to a variety of vendors and organizations. This year a new portion of Court Street is being used to accommodate the crowd, said members of the Craig County Historical Society, which puts on the event.
Opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. will feature members of VFW Post 4491, Craig County Boy Scouts, and Bucky Johnson, Mayor of New Castle.
Lauren Roberts will sing the National Anthem and Clayton Abbott, charter member and past officer, will welcome festival-goers on behalf of the Craig County Historical Society. Entertainment for the day will begin with children from the New Castle School of Dance, which is always a favorite with the crowds.
Up to 50 cars are expected on Middle Street for the Marshall Reynolds Memorial Antique Car Show and on the other end David Lamb’s horses will be circling with riders young and old.
Also in the same area will be mechanical bull riding and inflatables from Dave’s Moonwalk. Bryan Fritts, blacksmith and Jennifer Mulligan, potter, will be demonstrating their crafts.
Displays in the Old Brick Hotel include election memorabilia and Civil War uniforms. The focal point of the festival, the hotel and two adjacent log cabins will be open all day for self-guided tours.
The Genealogy Library invites the public to visit their new facility built this summer between the hotel and the old Clifton Store building. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.
The historical society announces a Festival Sale on select items in the Inn Room in the hotel and at the information booth on the street. Hometowne Collectibles of local landmarks are being marked down $3 and several past editions of “In and Around Craig County” will sell for $6 instead of $8.
Around town, a mobile unit of the DMV will be parked at the New Castle Christian Church parking lot offering all DMV services and at the Fairgrounds a Demolition Derby will begin at 6:30 p.m.