Volunteers in the Town of Round Hill are putting the finishing touches on plans for the Ninth Annual Hometown Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, May 28.
From the 5K and parade in the morning to the community feast and evening concert in the park, the fun-filled family-friendly event features something for everyone.
Registration is open now for the 5K race, which begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive and winds through the streets of town before finishing back at the school. Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers and the top two male and female finishers in eight age group classes.
Race fees are $25 for all runners and T-shirt availability cannot be guaranteed. Registration is available at the Round Hill Town Office or online at www.hometownfestival.org through May 26 and beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the race.
Directly after the 5K, children are invited to test their running skills in the ½-mile Kids Fun Run around the RHES track. There is no fee to enter and all participants will receive ribbons. The run usually begins at approximately 8:45.
At 9:30 a.m. Scout troops, church groups, and other civic organizations or individuals are invited to gather at Woodgrove Park on Evening Star Drive to join in the lineup for a parade down Main Street to the Town Park on Loudoun Street. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m.
At the end of the parade, spectators will fill the Town Park for the annual Memorial Ceremony, which will feature a salute to local veterans and a wreath-laying led by Del. Joe May. The Loudoun Valley High School Jazz band will provide music for the ceremony, which begins at 10:45 a.m.
Entertainment, old-fashioned games, face painting and amusement rides fill the early to mid-afternoon in the Town Park. The Round Hill Arts Center is coordinating entertainment that features local talent on both the main stage in the Town Park as well as a second stage behind the Patterson Building, next to the Post Office.
Just down the street, the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Pig Roast and Open house from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Be sure to arrive early for the pulled pork sandwiches; they sell out quickly. Other food options nearby include sandwiches and other lunch items from Savoir Fare and Tammy’s Diner. The Round Hill Mini-Mart and Round Hill Grocery will also be open, selling ice cream, cold drinks and other treats.
At 1:00 on the Main Stage in the park, music gives way to mush during the pie-eating contest, a perennial favorite. Rounds for youth, adults and local “celebrities” provide great photo opportunities for the spectators.
Another crowd favorite, the Downhill Derby, is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. on North Locust Street. Homemade soapbox derby-type cars and scooters run in heats down the street in a race that’s often “down to the wire,” and always a lot of fun.
For those who appreciate fine wine, the Old Furniture Factory will host the second annual “Taste of the Vine” in the back yard of its building on West Loudoun Street from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Bluemont Vineyards, Catoctin Creek Winery, Crushed Cellars Winery and Notaviva Vineyards will be on hand to share samples. Water and soda will also be available for sale, and there will be cheese for tasting. The $10 admission price includes a commemorative glass.
As the dinner hour approaches, Festival-goers are encouraged to all return to the Town Park for the evening’s delights – a community gourmet feast catered by Savoir Fare at 5:30 p.m. followed by a first-rate concert performance on the Town Park stage starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the feast are available for purchase through the Town Office or the Festival website. Prices are $17 for adults and $7 for children and quantities will be limited.
Parking at the Festival is highly limited. Whenever possible, visitors to the Festival are asked to either walk or bike from their homes. Parking will be available at the Round Hill Center on High Street and at Woodgrove Park and the Round Hill Elementary School on Evening Star Drive
For more information on the Festival, including registration forms, pre-order of Festival t-shirts and the full schedule of entertainment, see the Festival website, www.hometownfestival.org.