|The two-day event includes food, music and a parade|
Evangelist Pam Croom and The Loving Sisters from Roxboro, N.C., will perform during the Warren Street Festival this weekend.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
The 13th annual Warren Street Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 17 along Warren Street and the farmers' market with music, a business expo and other activities at 5 p.m.
The two-day festival is a celebration of Warren Street and its history and includes plenty of music and food, a car show and parade.
The business expo at the farmers' market will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Gospel music groups will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. with the evening rounding out with rhythm and blues music from 9:35 to 11 p.m.
The festival continues Saturday with an antique and modern car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m, followed by a parade at 11:30 a.m.
Grand Marshal of the parade will be Charles Abron Edwards Sr., who is 99 years old and the second African American to serve on the Franklin County School Board.
A breakfast will be held at the American Legion Post 6 building on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a theme "A Date with Living History," honoring those 90 years old and older. The speaker will be Rev. Enos Gillespie of Roanoke.
Other activities during the day will include a political debate with Republican and Democratic candidates who have been invited to attend.
The Guys & Dolls dance team from Martinsville will perform Saturday afternoon, followed by a gospel hour.
Gospel singing groups who will perform both days of the festival include the Appointed Messengers, Sons of Faith, Heavenly Five and Golden Jubilee. Kerosene Willie will also perform.
The event concludes Saturday with a "Back to School" dance party beginning at 9:30 p.m. Mad Ladd, a DJ from Lynchburg, will provide the music.
Admission to the festival each day is a $5 donation.