Fall Festival in Elkton, Virginia

by Mitchell Land

Several festivals take place in Elkton, Virginia, in the fall. Elkton is near the center part of the Shenandoah National Park. The eastern part of the town was called Elk City in the early 1800s. Elkton hosts a Fall Festival each year that brings the community together to have fun. There is also a flea market that coincides with the Fall Festival each year.

Location and Sponsor

Elkton, Virginia, is in northern Virginia about 30 minutes east of Harrisonburg. The festival is held at the Blue Ridge Park off Highway 340 near the Shenelk Plaza Shopping Center. The Elkton Fall Festival is sponsored by Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee, and it operates rain or shine.

Dates

The Elkton Fall Festival is an annual festival. There is not an exact date on which it takes place every year. The festival is held sometime in October when the weather in northern Virginia is still bearable and the fall leaves are still visible. Consult the events calendar on the city's website (http://www.elktonva.gov).

Activities

Activities at the Elkton Fall Festival revolve around food and arts and crafts. The festival features a bake sale as well as homemade food from local residents and restaurants. There is also a large flea market and yard sale during the festival for those looking to do some shopping. A large arts and crafts display is also set up for the Fall Festival. Bluegrass bands often play. Other types of music include country and gospel.

Other Fall Festivals

In addition to the Elkton Fall Festival, the local firefighters hold a festival each September that involves contests of strength and stamina. There is also an Elkton Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival that happens every third weekend of October on the Elkton Elementary School Lawn. The Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival began in 1986.

About the Author

Residing in Bristol, Va., Mitchell Land began writing for various websites in 2010. He worked as a writing center tutor at Baylor School for three years, where he also contributed music reviews to "Baylor Notes." He attends Greensboro College in North Carolina and studies theater and French.