On Saturday, for the 16th consecutive year, Buchanan’s downtown will be busy with the Mountain Magic In Fall Bluegrass, Antiques and Crafts Festival.
The October street festival has been a staple in the town’s revitalization efforts that started in the mid-1990s; and now it’s perhaps the largest single-day event in the county.
The festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature six groups playing bluegrass music on a stage next to Town Hall. The music begins at 10 a.m. (bring a chair) when Warren Amberson and Kelly Green kick things off. Six more groups follow with performances on the hour until 5 p.m. (See the supplement in this edition of The Fincastle Herald for a schedule of performers).
More than 100 crafters, antique dealers, food vendors and community groups will be set up on Main Street, while as many as 100 antique and collectible cars and trucks will be on display for the annual Car Show.
There will be apple butter, baked goods, hot dogs, barbeque, Petros, fried apple pies and more for sale from community groups and vendors.
The shops and restaurants will also welcome visitors– some with Mountain Magic specials.
The Buchanan Special Events Committee will be selling this year’s festival T-shirts for $10 each, sweatshirts for $20 each, long-sleeve T-shirts for $15 each, children’s T-shirts for $6 each and tote bags for $15 each. For those collecting shirts from each year, past designs are available. Proceeds are used to support the festival and other downtown activities.
James River High School art students will also hold their annual Mountain Magic Art Show in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street. Awards will be given in several categories, along with the People’s Choice Award voted on by visitors to the show.
Main Street will be closed all day between the two Lowe Street intersections.
For more information, call Buchanan Town Hall at 254-1212.