(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles leading up to the Fincastle Festival on September 18.)
This year’s Fincastle Festival will offer some wonderful opportunities beyond the quality artists and crafts people everyone has come to expect. After all, shouldn’t Historic Fincastle offer a festival that showcases both its history as well as its amazing local talent? Visitors will have the opportunity to experience both on September18!
Fincastle was established as the County Seat of Botetourt County in 1772. Chosen to honor Lord Dunmore, the last Governor of Virginia before the Revolution, Fincastle was the name of Dunmore’s son. Visitors will have the chance to spend time with Revolutionary War interpreters, seeing 18th Century techniques for making items, replicas of typical tools and clothing, and the chance to talk with interpreters who are delighted to answer questions and to demonstrate how early soldiers and camp followers lived.
The Festival will also celebrate the musical heritage of this region of Virginia. Music will be presented throughout the entire day, and folks can sit and just enjoy the performances, or they can purchase some snacks or lunch and relax while being serenaded.
Among the performers will be Pico Road, Route 11, New River Bound, Eric Burton, and various performers from Cheryl Lunsford’s Dojo Studio. As a special treat, there will be a presentation at 11 a.m. of a plaque honoring the 250th anniversary of the founding of Botetourt County, and David Austin will perform his song, “Where My Home and My Heart Meet.”
It is requested that artists, vendors, crafters and others wishing to participate submit applications by September 6 to HFI at P.O. Box 19, Fincastle, 24090 or use the application online at hisfin.org.