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Picture Yourself in Montross

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm

For those who don’t fancy the hustle, bustle and noise of motorcycles like neighboring Colonial Beach, Montross offers a much quieter and more traditional style of celebrating the beginning of Fall.

Picture yourself in Montross on October 5, 6 & 7, enjoying old fashioned pie contests, beauty contests, car shows, music and the Fall Parade. While you’re there document your fun by taking photos all around the village at various photo opportunities set up around town by the locals. Park your car and hop on and off fall festival transports carrying festival goer all through town, from Washington and Lee High School to Peach Grove Lane near the 7-Eleven.

Visit the local stores, restaurants and Montross Brewery while you enjoy festivities for kids and adults in a quiet village setting just right for viewing the first bright colors of fall. Music and the sound of kids laughing and playing will fill the air throughout the festival.

Thursday
Start the fun off with Family Roller Skating at Stan’s Skateland sponsored by Peoples Community Bank on Thursday evening Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday
On Friday, businesses will be decking out their doors or storefronts for great picture opportunities as well as competing for ribbons. Judges from the Westmoreland’s Garden Club will begin judging at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile if you catch a whiff of pecans, the smell is coming from the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department where contestants will be dropping off pies between 10 am and 4:30.
Friday’s big festival attraction, the Little Mr. and Little Miss Fall Festival will take place at Washington and Lee High School in the cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. All the decorations after the contest will be a great time to get photo’s with all the cute contestants. Winner’s will receive a trophy and will get to ride in the parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. with their family on the WVFD fire boat float.

Saturday kicks up the fun and brings the festival into full swing. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. on the courthouse square with the flag raising, national anthem performed by W&L High School student Kelsey Henry and a tribute to the flag by Larry Greene.

The Chandler Walk/Run Race begins with the three-mile at 8 a.m., and the one-mile at 9 a.m. The Hundred Yard Tot Trot is always a fun race to watch, too.

The WVFD on Rectory Road, will host the Ephesus Christian Church Bazaar from 8 a.m. until the parade begins.
Stop in at Peoples Community Bank to view the Classic Car and Truck Show from 9 a.m. until noon. If you need a cool drink of water, place to rest or nice area to change the baby’s diaper stop in at the H&R Block Hospitality Station open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Live music will be playing throughout the town all day Saturday. On the Courthouse Porch Siloam Choir will begin shortly after 9 a.m., Zion Baptist Choir takes over at 11 a.m., One Day Remains will begin playing at noon-ish and David and Megan Smith will began performing at 1 p.m.

At the Blue and Gray lot, the Moody Boots Band will play from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. During the Farm Equipment Show near 15296 Kings Highway — another great photo opportunity for the family.
Montross Brewery will keep the music going from noon to 9 p.m. With original live music.

Budding artists can try their hand at sidewalk Chalk Art at the Art of Coffee. Check-in time is 10 a.m.; the contest is open to all ages.

The Kid Zone is a mini carnival for kids right in the middle of town. Sponsored by the PTA of Cople and Washington District Elementary schools, it will be a magical place for kids to enjoy and parents to take a breather during the Saturday events.

The zone will feature pony rides, a mechanical bull, pumpkin and face painting along with lots of other fun events. Admission will help benefit the PTA. Local businesses have pitched in to make the Kid Zone bigger and better each year.

The Kid Zone will be open after the ceremonies until 3 p.m. Located where the old Sheriff’s Office stood, near the public restrooms, makes it an ideal spot to stop in and get your kids fingerprinted and pictures taken by the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office to create a Kid ID kit in the event your child ever goes missing.

The Westmoreland County Animal Shelter will assist PAWS with pets during the Pet Show held on Saturday, judging begins at 11 a.m. on the grassy lot next to the Bank of Lancaster. Prizes will be awarded to several categories, smallest, largest, longest, most unusual, most talented, best dressed, pet-owner look-alike, best dog, best in show and judges award. Take this opportunity to meet the staff of WCAS and learn more about their services.

Stop in the Westmoreland Museum for several events going on throughout Saturday. The Wakefield Building will host Crafts for Kids by Master Gardeners from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Local author Bobby Watkins will hold a lecture entitled ‘38 years with Virginia ABC’ at 11 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

At the original Museum Building Photographer Janet Gallagher will hold a meet and greet from 1 to 2 p.m. The museum will feature an exhibit to honor the memory of Edward Raymond Hall throughout the day.

After the parade Montross Brewery, 15381 Kings Highway, will host Corn Hole Tournaments. Gather a group of friends to form a team and check in before 4 p.m. Saturday to get in on the tournament fun or just come and enjoy music and watch others while enjoying home-made brews made in Montross.

Be sure to bring your camera, picture yourself in Montross and post to visitmontross on Facebook after the event.