It’s time for another Party in the Park in Troutville, and it will have a decidedly patriotic theme.

Friends of the Park is holding its fifth annual fund-raiser for Troutville Town Park Saturday, Sept. 11 from 2-6 p.m.

Because of the significance of that day, the park will display the red, white and blue colors to show strong support for both families who lost loved ones on 9-11 and for the soldiers who are still fighting every day for their country’s freedom.

The afternoon and evening will have inflatables for the kids to enjoy (along with the regular park playground), children’s crafts and face painting, plus kids are invited to decorate their bicycles and tricycles for the Bicycle Parade through the park (helmets and safety pads required). This year’s parade marshal in disguise will be Dan Naff from the Botetourt Chamber Commerce.

The Bike Parade follows the dedication of the new gazebo at 2 p.m.

The activities will also include the annual Cake Tasting Contest to select the 2010 Botetourt Baker Queen (bring your favorite 9×13 cake to compete) and a men’s horseshoe pitching contest next to the tennis courts. Winners receive gift certificates from the Pomegranate Restaurant.

The locally popular band Exit 162 will play in Shelter B from 4-6 p.m. (bring a lawn chair). There will be hot dogs and fixin’s and Happy Time Balloons’ ice cream truck.

Troutville’s fire and rescue vehicles will be on display, with demonstrations on fire education including a “Smoke House.”

Everything is included in the price of a ticket.

Tickets are $10 adults ($7 if purchased in advance) and $5 for children 3-12 ($3 if purchased in advance), and kids 2 and under are free.

Tickets are available at the Troutville Town Hall (992-4011).

For tickets or more information about any of the activities, the children’s bike parade, horseshoe competition or the bake-off contest, call Kathy at 915-3108 or read the “Troutville Tidbits” online at

Coolers are welcome, but will be checked (No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed in the park).

The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 12.

While Friends of the Park will be setting up for Saturday’s Party in the Park, Troutville Farmers’ Market will still be open from 7 a.m.-12 noon in Town Park.