Last year, the annual New Market Heritage Days Festival didn’t go quite according to plan.
“We had it during Hurricane Sandy,” recalled New Market Area Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Wittig-Donald. “It was horrible — it was not good.”
Though the rainy weekend turned out to be less severe than some expected, ominous weather forecasts caused many vendors and shoppers to stay home.
“Needless to say, we were all very disappointed,” she said.
Hoping for better luck, the chamber decided to move up the festival’s date. This year, the NMHDF will be held Sept. 28-29 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
In addition to the date change, the chamber is making another important adjustment — bringing back the entertainment.
“They used to have entertainers, but haven’t in the last few years,” explained Wittig-Donald. “We think it helps to draw a crowd ... and we have great local talent so it should be a good few days.”
Looking for “an assortment of music,” the chamber decided to have a mix of rock, country and Gospel. Two of the performing artists include Becca and The Cherokee Revival and the Rinard Family Band.
“I’ve heard Becca sing before — I think she does a great job,” said Wittig-Donald, adding that the Rinard Family Band is “very popular” in the area.
Other perfumers include square dancers and Little League cheerleaders.
In addition to all the new entertainment, the festival will continue to offer a variety of food and craft vendors.
According to Wittig-Donald, the funds raised at the festival benefit the New Market Area Chamber of Commerce, and will used to the help the chamber encourage travelers to visit the town.
“We distribute pamphlets and brochures to rest areas to promote the town,” she explained.
Despite last year’s disappointing festival, Wittig-Donald is looking forward to this year’s event, and expects a large turn out.
“Normally, we have a couple thousand in attendance,” she remarked. “Unless there’s a hurricane!”
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