A street fair is coming up just around the corner in Lynchburg, and organizers are hopeful it will help rejuvenate the village.
Lynchburg Area Business Association member Lynn Scarborough said the first annual Lynchburg Back In Time Festival is set for Saturday June 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Directly following the festival there will be a family movie showing at the old school park. The movie is free and there will be concessions available. Those attending should bring chairs and blankets, Scarborough said.
On the schedule for the festival are carnival games, a balloon clown, face painting, a corn hole tournament, horse and wagon rides, antique tractors, square dancing, line dancing, raffles, live music beginning at 1 p.m., and more. Scarborough said the village administration will also be lending its hand to the entertainment by participating in a splash bucket seat, wherein administration members, including mayor Terry Burden, will sit under a bucket of water while visitors try to drench them.
“It’s our first,” she said of the one-day event. “We’re trying to bring Lynchburg back to life.” And the hope is to not only make this into an annual event, but for it to grow each year, she said.
Burden said the village is working with the local business association on the festival, but it is the latter doing all the work.
“They are doing a great job,” he said.
The mayor said that with the festival project as well as other projects in recent months he has seen “so many more people coming out to volunteer.” Burden said it is evident that people are “really wanting to do good” for Lynchburg. That volunteerism, he said, creates a “good feeling” that small communities need.
Scarborough said that the festival was the brainchild of local business owners. She said a lot of businesses are involved in the festival, and it was the owners of Beech Street Candleworks, Jo’s Vintage Barbershop and the Back In Time Stove Shop who spearheaded the whole thing. And the name of the festival was something everyone was on board with, she said.
As to why a festival, Scarborough said there had not been one in Lynchburg for so many years, the last of which was the Covered Bridge Festival last held at least a decade ago, according to Scarborough and Burden.
“It’s just time to breathe life into Lynchburg,” Scarborough said.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the festival can send a message through the “Lynchburg’s Back In Time Festival” page on Facebook. The page is also a good place to check for updated information on the festival.
The event will be “a fun day for all ages,” Scarborough said.
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