After a late summer lull, the first of the Loudoun autumn fairs will hit Sept. 17 and 18 in the mountainside village of Bluemont.
The nip in the air always heralds a certain excitement, and for the 47th year Bluemont will take full advantage of that expectation, offering a variety of activities to entice visitors. Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, the festival includes a 5K run, juried craft demonstrations, four stages of musical performances, appearances by local authors, the popular pickle and pie-tasting contest, an antiques and flea market, kids’ activities, homemade baked goods and pony rides.
A new attraction this year is an Indian village focused on the area’s Native American history. Located on the grounds of the Bluemont Montessori School the village will offer storytelling, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations and other activities. Host organization Sanctuary on the Trail invites military veterans and uniformed services personnel to participate in a traditional Native American tribute ceremony at 1 p.m. both days. Admission to the Indian Village is $3 per person or $15 for families, but all uniformed service members, military veterans and their families are free.
On Saturday only, there will be horse-drawn carriage rides through the grounds of the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.
Admission to the Bluemont Fair is $5 per person, free to ages nine and under. For full details of activities, go to bluemontfair.org.