Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

September 1, 2012

Autumn Jamboree — Expanded fun in Bluefield, Va.

The popular Autumn Jamboree is expanding this year in Bluefield, Va., with multiple days of festival activities in both the downtown area and the Graham Recreation Park.

The festival fun gets underway this morning at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s. The breakfast will be followed by a poker run with registration at 9 a.m. The day’s events will end at the La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant with a buffet and Andy Crawford performing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

But this is only the beginning of the festival, which continues through Saturday, Sept. 8.

The festival is being expanded this year to benefit the Sanders House, according to Autumn Jamboree organizer Sheila Miller.

“Each year we have chosen something to give the proceeds to,” Miller said. “Last year we gave it to project graduation and this year we will give to the Sanders House. It is in our historical district, is an historical house and they need maintenance to keep the house up and open to the public.”

The fall festival has historically drawn a big crowd to Virginia’s Tallest Town. We would urge all area residents to once again come out and enjoy this year’s expanded celebration.

“It promotes the town and everyone gets together and has a good time,” Miller said. “We have food vendors, crafts, music and all kinds of things going on. We probably had more than 3,000 people attend last year and we are hoping for more this year. We hope as many people as can will come out.”

The festival activities will continue Monday with a concert at 3 p.m. at the Graham Recreational Park. Musicians performing at the concert will include Country Proud, Grandma Dynamite, Darryl Smith Jr. and Lonesome Road, and Pieces of One. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. Food vendors also will be set up at the park as part of the concert.

A block party in the downtown at Jack Asbury Square will follow Thursday, Sept. 6., and is sponsored by Crosspointe Community Church. The block party will also include free food, face painting, prizes and other activities

Festival activities will continue on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a 5k run-walk, all-day music in the downtown at Jack Asbury Square, a car show and fireworks at dusk.

There should be plenty of fun to be had in Virginia’s Tallest Town beginning today. We would urge all area families looking for something to do over the next week to consider a stop at the Bluefield, Va. Autumn Jamboree as we celebrate the waning days of summer, and the looming arrival of fall.

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