2016 Vint Hill Fall Festival Slated to be a Regional Highlight

The second annual Vint Hill Fall Festival (VHFF), being held Sep. 24, 2016, is expected to draw thousands of people from around the county as well as the region.

Last year’s inaugural festival restored a seasonal tradition that was first introduced in the days of the former Vint Hill Farms Station Army base. The annual street fair is held on the last Saturday in September to celebrate local businesses and the rich history that characterizes the Vint Hill property.

In response to the larger-than-expected turnout of last year’s event, which drew in approximately 4,000 people, the VHFF hosts, Vint Hill Village, LLC, are building the excitement with the anticipation of 8 to 10 food trucks and up to 150 retail, craft and service vendors. Featured entertainment and attractions slated for this year’s event include a classic car show by Camelot Classic Cars, a bee hive demonstration by Sweet Virginia Foundation, multiple petting zoos, children’s activities, unicyclists, belly dancers, Zumba for kids and musical performances. This year’s event will take advantage of the green space surrounding Aiken Drive—Vint Hill’s “Main Street”—by adding more rows of vendor booths. The main stage will host five bands, intermingling street performances between sets.

Among the growing list of vendors are a number of Vint Hill locals. Those scheduled to participate include Green Maple Market, Bull Run Academy of Gymnastics, The Lasley Centre, The Fauquier Community Theatre, and Fauquier County Parks & Recreation. Food trucks are expected to include SoBo Mobile, Crepe Love, The Philly Cheese Steak Food Truck, A-1 Kettle Korn, Old Tyme Stick Ice Cream, Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse, and more.

The event’s current sponsors include Country Chevrolet as the stage title sponsor, as well as Bohler Engineering, the Broad Run Lifestyle Magazine, Pennoni, UVA Community Credit Union, Old Bust Head Brewing Company and JBR, Inc.

Registration to become a sponsor, vendor or entertainment is now open. Through various levels of participation, businesses will enjoy the opportunity to engage with a large audience; the exposure offered by Vint Hill Village provides vendor and sponsor participants a chance to build and revitalize brand awareness, develop new contacts and strengthen business and community relationships. Through festival promotion, organizations participating reap specialized publicity and valuable community networking opportunities.

VHFF is part of a larger vision to engage the community in and surrounding the Vint Hill area.

“Last year’s festival hit the mark in demonstrating what a thriving community we have,” said Ed Moore, president of Vint Hill Village. “It’s been our mission to engage our community in such a way that they see Vint Hill as a main street destination. That means bringing the entertainment, excitement and life that will fuel our local businesses.”

Even businesses in the surrounding master-planned, mixed-use community capitalized on the 2015 festival’s popularity.

“If our efforts can directly support the local businesses here in Vint Hill, then we’ve done our job well,” said Moore.

The festival is a family-friendly experience that is open and free to the public. Children and pets are welcome. The event will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aiken Drive and surrounding lots between Bludau Drive and Sigler Road.

For more information about VHFF, or to sign up as a vendor, sponsor or entertainer, visit vinthillfallfestival.com . For questions about VHFF, please contact christi@vinthillfallfestival.com.