Page County Heritage Festival to be held this weekend

Page News and Courier

LURAY — That time of year is upon us once again, the 47th annual Page County Heritage Festival. The two-day event is held each October over Columbus Day weekend — the 8th and 9th this year — at the fairgrounds.

"This is a very popular event with the locals," said Nancy Cotter, one of the festival organizers. "People that used to live here, but don't any more, they come in for that weekend to visit. It's a big deal."

Last year's event drew in nearly 8,000 people over the course of the weekend.

The Page County Heritage Festival is an extension of the Page County Heritage Association. Part of their mission is to help preserve historic buildings in the area. Those buildings include the Massanutten School, Mauck Meeting House, Calendine Museum and the Hamburg Store. Proceeds from the festival will go toward those buildings.

During the festival, there will be a variety of entertainment acts — some of which are familiar to long-time attendees, but Cotter promises several new additions as well.

"We're going to have the Shenandoah Valley Cloggers, who are always there," Cotter said. "We're also going to have a lot of live music, including School of Rock, kids who are 8 to 12. It's going to be a lot of fun."

There will be more than 100 area crafters and vendors, showcasing everything from glasswork to homemade furniture.

This weekend's festival will include a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, steam and gas engine demonstrations and several more activities.

"And we've got plenty of great food," Cotter said.

While the Heritage Festival is seen as a fun weekend for most, Cotter believes that the larger picture of preserving the area's unique history is very important.

"It's important to keep our heritage so that our children and grandchildren can see where they came from," Cotter said. "Some of these things that were once here and once used, to be able to see how they have changed over the years, it's interesting."

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