|15th annual event features music, food, fellowship|
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
A.J. Reeves, from left, Vesper Edwards and Winfred Hopkins, all elder members of the Warren family, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 15th annual Warren Street Festival parade Saturday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The 15th annual Warren Street Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. along Warren Street and the farmers' market with music, a business expo, health screenings and other activities.
The two-day festival is a celebration of Warren Street and its history and includes plenty of music and food, a car show and a parade.
The theme of this year's festival is "We must write our own history. If not, who will?"
A free health screening clinic and business expo at the farmers' market will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Local businesses are invited to set up at the festival and convey their offerings to the community, said event organizer Darlene Swain. Business tables will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
A cruise-in of antique cars and motor bikes will also take place Friday evening, as well as a Back-to-School teen party with DJ Quiet Storm at 7 p.m. on both nights of the festival.
Gospel and rhythm and blues music groups will perform, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights of the festival. Some of the groups scheduled to perform at the festival include D.J. Madladd of Lynchburg; D.J. Quiet Storm; The English Family of Bedford; The Upscale Band of Roanoke; The Newbill Family of Rocky Mount; Tony & the Magnificent Voices of Durham, N.C.; Big James Barrett & the Golden Jubilees of Greenville, N.C.; and Anointed Singers of Praise of North Carolina.
The festival will continue Saturday with a breakfast at the American Legion Post 6 building at 8:30 a.m. with former Miss Virginia Desiree Williams as guest speaker.
Tickets to the breakfast are $10 per person and may be purchased by calling (540) 243-6136, (540) 483-8254 or (540) 483-2459.
An antique and modern car show will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, followed by a parade at 1 p.m.
Winfred Hopkins, A.J. Reeves and Vesper Edwards, all elder members of the Warren family, will serve as Grand Marshals of the parade.
The popular "Macho Man" contest will also take place Saturday afternoon, along with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" contest.
Admission to the festival is a $5 donation each day.