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LURAY — The 52nd edition of the Page County Heritage Festival is slated to provide a family-oriented weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10 at the Page Valley Fairgrounds.
Speaking directly to the mission of the Page County Heritage Association, the two-day festival not only serves as a major fundraiser for the non-profit organization, but it also provides a glimpse into the way things used to be.
Among the crafters and artists, music will be interwoven with the sounds of a blacksmith pounding hot metal or a steam-driven saw called the “Green Hornet” cutting a slab off a log. The smell of hot food and sweet treats will flow across the fairgrounds, with the changing fall colors of the Blue Ridge mountains as a backdrop.
“Come enjoy the weekend in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley during the peak fall foliage season,” reads an online post by the Heritage Association promoting this weekend’s event. “The Heritage Festival boasts over a hundred crafters with all-day demonstrations of spinning, crochet, apple-butter boiling, oil painting, basket making, wheel-thrown pottery, blacksmiths, and more!”
First organized in 1969, the Heritage Association is “dedicated to preserving the rich historical Page Valley of Virginia” and this week’s festival will be a showcase of that. From books covering local history, including its involvement in the Civil War, to paintings of local scenes and festival participants dressed up in period attire, this weekend’s Page County Heritage Festival is sure to have something for everyone.
Admission to the festival is $5 for adults and $1 for kids. Free parking is available in the field adjacent to the fairgrounds along Collins Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine.
Visitors and locals alike are also encouraged to tour historical properties in Page County this weekend that are operated by the non-profit organization, such as the Massanutten One-Room School next to the Page Public Library and the Calendine Museum, Hamburg Store and Mauck Meeting House in Hamburg. Tours will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds going toward maintenance of the properties.
The Page County Heritage Association is an all-volunteer non-profit organization funded by membership dues, the Heritage Festival held every Columbus Day weekend, the sale of books of local interest and historical significance and fundraisers.