As the seasons change and we start to bring another year to a close, Joshua’s Hands will again offer their annual Fall Festival as a free gift to the community – to celebrate the joy of autumn and the change of seasons – a time to be grateful.
This festival has become a Loudoun tradition you won’t want to miss! Located on Rt. 9 just five miles west of Waterford, the Guthrie farm offers views of the mountains and a gathering place for festival goers.
Joshua’s Hands was established in January of 1999, after Joshua’s death (October of 1998) in a car accident. He was 16 and the second of seven children. Joshua’s Hands has a five-fold ministry – like the fingers on a hand: the Annual Fall Festival, American Heritage Education, Community Service, Teen Safe Driving and Scholarships. As part of the heritage programming, Joshua’s Hands offered quilting camps this summer. They also offered two Valiant Warrior Quilting Events that brought together the community (quilters and non-quilters) to make quilts for wounded warriors. In the process, friendships were made, skills were learned and quilts were sent to the front lines to comfort wounded warriors. (233 quilts since January 2011.)
The Guthrie family has hosted the annual Fall Festival for 30 years. After Josh’s death, they brought the festival under the umbrella of Joshua’s Hands. It seemed a right thing to do, since he loved the event and worked tirelessly to make it happen.
This year the event will be held on Saturday, October 13 (10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.). They are preparing to host over 3000 people! Kids ages 1- 101 will join us for live music, puppets, games, prizes, pony rides, spelling bees, auctions, kids’ crafts, tractor rides, lunch, mimes and so much more – all free.
Entertainment will include puppets, mimes and musicians: AIM Mimes (MO), Amber Waves (CO), Red White & Blues, Nathaniel Davis Band, Travis Cutshaw Band, Wild Life Ambassadors, Tigges Fiddlers, NVGA gymnastics, Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers and more. (See the schedule online at www.FallFestival.us) A live auction will be held at 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for the work of Joshua’s Hands.
There will be something for everyone – including lunch – all free of charge. Donations will be cheerfully accepted. For more information on the work of Joshua’s Hands or to get directions, visit the website at www.JoshuasHands.org.