Considering that the unofficial start of summer was Memorial Day weekend, when our country honors its fallen soldiers, it seems only fitting that Montross welcomed fall with their annual Fall Festival that celebrated the veterans still among the living this year. While last year was about love for the town and those in it, this year, the town instead decided to love its veterans right back, coming up with the theme of Honoring Our Hometown Heroes; essentially a giant thank-you to Westmoreland County’s veterans.
The town was abuzz with activity. Vendors plied their wares from tents while the Westmoreland Ruritans held a 50:50 raffle. Elsewhere, the Normini Baptist Church Relay for Life sold out of their baked goods, and was still selling cookbooks even after the parade had ended. Military recruiters, meanwhile, told those interested about their branches of service, and what goals they could help pave the way towards.
Those wanting to learn more about the interesting episodes in the town’s history only had to pay a visit to the old courthouse and museum. Behind the County Museum, hungry festival-goers tended to their growling stomachs with the aid of the many food trucks present. Elsewhere, scavenger hunts took place across town, while kids bounced away like mad near the Library. As the parade drew closer, everyone gathered along the side of the street.
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This year’s festival was dedicated to real heroes of Westmoreland.