Montross Fall Festival
by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Escape the daily grind for a fall day (or two) and come to Montross for some good old-fashioned fun. The small Westmoreland County town will host its annual Montross Fall Festival, Friday and Saturday, October 4-5.
“There’s really something for everyone,” said town manager and festival coordinator Brenda Reamy. “Every year, we add a little something new or different.”
According to Reamy, there’s some confusion about when the first festival was held but organizers say it’s been taking place for 60-plus years. The festival is expected to bring nearly 4,000 people to Montross.
This year’s two-day event begins Friday with Merchants’ Participation Day when businesses throughout town hold special sales events and offer door prizes.
That’s also when amateur pastry chefs offer up their best and most decadent cakes in the chocolate cake contest. Cakes may be submitted between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with judging that evening.
Visitors can enjoy a free hot dog and soda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Union First Bank during its appreciation lunch.
Also on Friday, the Little Mr. and Little Miss Montross contests will be held at Washington & Lee High School at 6 p.m. for boys and girls ages birth to 4 years. The winners will ride in the fire/rescue boat during the festival parade.
Following the contests, guests can head out to the W&L football field for a different kind of contest when the Eagles celebrate homecoming. Kick-off is 7 p.m. with the crowning of the king and queen at halftime. The school royalty will also ride in Saturday’s parade, which begins at 2 p.m. and winds along Route 3 from Washington & Lee High through town to Peach Grove Lane. The parade features 60 units, according to Reamy.
Festival activities continue Saturday, October 5, bright and early at 7 a.m. with the Chandler 3-Miler race.
“New this year, we having a 100-yard tot trot,” said Reamy. “We had so many little unhappy kids that couldn’t run the longer race. So we’re doing something shorter for them.”
The one-mile trot is open to children 12 and younger and adults who’d like to walk, said Reamy. The three-mile race should start at 8 a.m. at the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad Building.
Opening ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. with a Paws Pet Show at 11 a.m., “when you can show off your other children,” said Reamy.
|Winners in the Little Mr. and Little Miss Montross contests will be featured in the parade.|
A car and truck show will also be held from 9 a.m. to noon at People’s Community Bank.
Throughout the day, there will be music in the courthouse square. The morning line-up of gospel groups features the Siloam Church choir, One Day Remains, Voices of Macedonia and Men of Shabach. The afternoon includes a variety of music from country and bluegrass to rock, according to Reamy.
As always, the festival will include a kidzone with rides and games, an antique farm equipment show, food and arts and crafts vendors and a Civil War encampment. Activities and booths are scattered throughout town.
Following the feature parade on Saturday, there will be a 3:30 awards ceremony and the 50/50 raffle drawing.
Friday and Saturday, October 4-5
Where to park
Parking is limited and is available next to the town hall at the B&P building, at the rescue squad and former fire department buildings and in lots throughout town.
The 2 p.m. parade on Saturday with over 60 units.