Round Hill’s annual Hometown Festival is a day-long celebration of small-town life. On the agenda for Saturday, May 28, is a parade, a 5K race, memorial ceremony and pig roast, downhill derby, a pie-eating contest, and plenty of live music.
At the end of the day, residents gather at the town park for the evening community feast and a free concert under the stars.
The 5K run starts at 8 a.m. at Round Hill Elementary, for a cost of $25. Online registration is open until Thursday, May 21, at hometownfestival.org. Race-day registration starts at 7 a.m. Young runners can enjoy a free half-mile Kids Fun Run after the 5K is completed.
The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Evening Star Drive with Hudson Street, and ends at the town park. Register in advance at roundhillparade.com.
At 10:45 a.m. the Woodgrove Jazz Band will perform from the park pavilion, setting the mood for the memorial ceremony and wreath laying. At the end of the ceremony, local favorites the Plankstompers will get the stage entertainment going. Other acts include Dominion 4, the Immortals, and Diamonds and Rust—notable as a duo featuring Town Administrator Buster Nicholson and his daughter, Jessie.
The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house and pig roast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while there will be other food options available from Tammy’s Diner, Anthony’s and The Wandering Chef, plus snacks.
At 1:30 p.m. comes the first of the afternoon treats—the pie-eating contest. The pleasure of seeing one’s family, friends and neighbors dunk their faces in a pile of chocolate cream mush never palls—and cameras will be at the ready.
Another highly popular event is the renowned Round Hill Downhill Derby. Youngsters, sporting determined expressions, race their soap box derby cars down North Locust Street in heats of two, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd.
From 3 to 5 p.m., the Round Hill Arts Center hosts an open mic session for local singers, dancers, poets and comedians at the pavilion stage. Ages 12 and up may sign up online at roundhillartscenter.org.
But it’s the evening feast and music at the town park as the sun starts to go down that provide a fitting finale to the day. The community meal will be provided under a pay-as-you-go format by multiple vendors—The Wine Kitchen, Tammy’s Diner and Anthony’s Italian— and Round Hill Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be frying up fish sandwiches on the spot. Beer and wine also will be available for purchase.
If rain should intrude, check for event changes at hometownfestival.org.