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Edinburg Ole Time Festival
September 20, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Visit Edinburg for its 39th annual Edinburg Ole Time Festival
September 20-22, 2019
The opening ceremony will take place in the St. Paul’s Heritage Center at 106 S. High Street at 5:30 pm followed by a Sing-Along at 6pm.
Other events include basketball games, square dancing, and karaoke which all begin at 7:30pm.
39th Ole Time Festival is September 20th, 21st & 22nd
5:30 pm Friday, September 20th will mark the official start of the 39th annual Edinburg Ole Time Festival this year. With all that happens around Town during the weekend, it is easy to overlook visiting the building that started the Festival back in 1981. If you haven’t been to the Edinburg Mill this year you definitely need to stop in during the Festival. If you don’t have time for a tour, at least check out the two unique gift shops, the wine shop and the restaurant. Last year the Mill featured a new exhibit on Butchering complete with a locally made wooden scalding trough and a pig hanging on the tripod. Since then we have added the “Moonshine in the Valley” exhibit featuring a Pot Still and instructions for its use. Our Still came from nearby Rockingham County and was actually in use until around the 1990s. Two more new exhibits will be in place for your enjoyment this year by Festival time. One will feature an unfinished dress made from flour sacks that was given to us by Carolyn Mauck who currently works at the Mill. The other will be about a tradition that still happens every fall and serves as a wonderful fund raiser for local churches and other organizations — apple butter boiling. Our exhibit will include kettles and stirring paddles of various sizes as well as a unique kettle that has been outfitted with an electric stirring paddle. A collection of
gears, drive arms and miscellaneous parts have been assembled with a small electric motor to replace the huge, long-handled, hand-made wooden paddles normally associated with boiling apple butter. While many folks use applesauce now to get things started, this wasn’t always the case. A full day before the fires were started under the kettles, you would find the woman and young girls gathered in the kitchen preparing the apples. They pared and snitted (peeled and quartered) bushels and bushels of apples long into the night. Early the next morning the men would have the fires going and the kettles ready. The copper kettles could be as large as fifty gallons and there might be as many as three or four cooking at one time. The young boys had the job of gathering wood and stoking the fires; for this, they would be given the shiny copper pennies that had been dropped in the bottom of the kettles to keep the apple butter from sticking. A rhythm of stirring was established from the start and was not interrupted as stirring switched from one person to another throughout the day. Spices were added to the mix by a wise and respected cook who might be either a woman or a man. The addition of the spices was a rather sacred ritual that was handed down from one person to the next generation. (Continued on Page 3)
This year’s Ole Time Festival promises to bring us another year of fun, food and free entertainment — along with a return of many old favorites. The Opening Ceremony starts things off with the ceremony at the Heritage Center (106 N. High St.), at 5:30 PM, followed immediately by the annual SingAlong at 6:00 (also at the Heritage Center). These hours were changed last year to allow time for many who attend these two events to still have time to go to the women’s basketball game at Valley Baptist at 7:30 PM (followed by the men’s at 8:30) or to the Square & Line Dancing at the Charterhouse School, also at 7:30. There are also additional choices listed in the Festival’s Schedule of Events. Saturday gets an early start with the Pioneer Breakfast from 7 to 11 AM at the Heritage Center. After that, things really start popping with the Fun Run, Crafters everywhere, the Children’s Festival opens (the Monkey Man has 3 different shows throughout the day), the live music begins at 9 and historian Richard Kleese gives a lecture on the Civil War at the Heritage Center. Throughout the day, you can buy tickets to the Duck Race,
enter the Beard Contest, enter your dog in a costume contest and find a good place to sit and watch the March Through Town Parade at 1:00 PM. Check the Schedule of Events and The Journal, as each lists all of the events for the weekend, with their times and locations. There is much more to do on Saturday, from looking at the Steam Engines and antique cars and tractors, to enjoying a ride on the Shentel Shuttle and visiting the wine tasting or stopping by the tables where the authors are signing books (which you can also purchase). There is also a women’s softball game in the afternoon. Saturday evening’s big event is the Ole Time Sock Hop at the Charterhouse School with music by the Silver Tones Swing Band, starting at 7:00 PM. Sunday begins with two church services, and all of the crafters and food vendors will be open. Other highlights of this day, in addition to live music, are the Old Timers Baseball Game, the Bed Race and the Duck Race.
Entertainment this year will be by: The Walnut Ridge Boys, The Lamplighter, The Meows, Robbie Limon, Bill Vaughan & Friends, Brent Funkhouser, The Rock Bottom Band, 2nd Maryland Fife & Drums, The Virginians, The Gospel Brothers, and Lee Blanton & The Crossroad Drivers. The 2019 Festival Crock will be sold at 10 AM. Don’t forget a Festival T-Shirt.