Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

September 14, 2013

Autumn Jamboree

Tradition continues in Bluefield, Va.

— — With summer slowly waning, signs of fall already abound across the region. And today Virginia’s Tallest Town will celebrate the looming change of seasons with its 34th annual Autumn Jamboree.

The popular fall festival has historically drawn a big crowd to Bluefield, Va., and today should be no exception. Sunny skies, and cooler temperatures, are expected, which should make for a great pre-fall gathering.

For several years, the Autumn Jamboree was held at the Graham Recreation Park — a great location for such a gathering. But area residents, and town council members, missed having the big festival in the heart of the downtown. There is something special after all about having a large crowd assembled in the downtown area, and the gathering also provides old and new friends a chance to socialize and mingle.

That’s why we are glad to see that the Autumn Jamboree will once again be held in the downtown area today. Most of the activities will be held in the vicinity of Jack Asbury Square and the downtown farmers market. The festival itself gets underway at 9:30 a.m., and concludes with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

A full slate of activities are on tap today promising fun for all ages.

The festival activities start at 8 a.m. with a 5K deer walk and run followed by the third annual Autumn Jamboree Classic Car Show in the National Bank lot at 9 a.m. The opening ceremonies for the festival will be held at 9:30 a.m. with Town Treasurer James Hampton performing the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard presentation.

Entertainment and musical performances throughout the day will include the Jubaries Quartet at 10 a.m.; HollyRox, 11:15 a.m.; Zephyr Lightning Bolts, 1 p.m.; Karen Wilson and Peter Overstreet, 3 p.m.; an art and essay contest and awards at the downtown gazebo area, 3 p.m.; No Regrets, 4:30 p.m.; Pieces of One, 6:15 p.m.; and Tone Yard, 8 p.m.

Other events throughout the day will include a black powder shoot off from 8 a.m. to noon at the Graham Recreational Park; a 3-D archery shoot at the Graham Recreation Park, 8 a.m. to noon; apple butter at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church; a cake walk by the Bluefield, Va., Women’s Club; a tractor hay ride provided by the town of Bluefield; an art contest sponsored by the VFW Post 9696 and VFW Women’s Auxiliary; an essay contest sponsored by BB&T Bank; and bingo sponsored by the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

Bus service will be provided to the downtown area from the Twin City Shopping Center, Graham Middle School and Graham High School. The festival will close with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

There should be plenty of fun to be had today in Bluefield, Va. We would urge all area families looking for something to do today 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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