More than 100 sellers of vintage goods, antiques and crafts will gather in downtown Strasbourg this weekend for the second Vintage in the Valley Festival.
First held in April 2019, this year’s event has been postponed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers are planning even more fun for an unforgettable weekend.
“It’s a personal favorite and I think a fan favorite so I’m really excited for the weekend,” said Olivia Hilton, acting director of community development for the city of Strasbourg.
The festivities kick off Friday night with a free Decades Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Box Office Brewery.
There, guests can enter a costume contest while enjoying a photo booth and music from DJ Connection. The event’s partnership is the local chapter of the FCCLA, according to the event’s Facebook page.
On Saturdays, starting at 10 a.m., visitors can pick up an event card from Place de Strasbourg at 174 E. King St. There they can enjoy a glass of Virginia wine from Star in the Valley Winery and listen to music performed by DJ Jimmy Lee, who guides listeners through the decades with a variety of classic melodies.
The wine garden will include a bouncy house “for the young at heart,” the post said.
Right next door, in the Strasbourg town hall parking lot, buyers can browse different tables of sellers.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a vintage car display will be parked along Holliday Street with raffles and an auction.
Downtown horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. The cost is $ 5 for the loop starting in front of Town Hall.
Local antique shops will be open during the festival, including the Strasburg Emporium, Vilnis & Co Antiques, Clementine Vintage and the King Street Flea Market.
All-day demonstrations at the Strasburg Emporium will feature a blacksmith, carpenter, candle maker, chair caner and potter along with pop-up demonstrations inside.
Judge Steve Platt will speak about the history of silk spinning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the main entrance of the emporium in partnership with the Strasbourg Heritage Association.
Other stores will have sidewalk sales and restaurants will have promotions.
A highlight of the festival is the vintage fashion show hosted by Lydia’s Clothes Closet, which will showcase fashion from 1910 to the present day and host over 50 models representing multiple generations and backgrounds.
Those interested in joining the fashion show should contact Lydia’s at 540-465-1905.
At 8 pm, the Shenandoah Film Collaborative will present “The Wizard of Oz” as its film under the stars on the Place de Strasbourg.
While the city is facilitating, organizing and funding the event, Hilton said partner organizations made it all possible.
“It’s a community festival,” she said.
For more information, call 540-465-9197 or visit www.strasburgva.com.