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Friday, October 4, 2013
With autumn in full swing , Bridgewater Plaza is getting ready for a much bigger fall festival than in years past. A free shuttle will transport visitors from off-site parking to the venue.
Event organizers said the third annual festival will offer more than three times the number of vendors it had last year — 41, up from 13.
The fall festival, which again will coincide with the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour , was designed to draw attention to local businesses after the summer season. The festival will be held Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta.
Local business owner Ronda Ellis is part of the planning committee for the festival. She said the shuttle will run from 8 a.m. until after 5 p.m. from Trinity Ecumenical Church.
“It’s gaining momentum,” she said of this year’s event.
Ellis said Bridgewater Plaza Association members started contacting vendors much earlier than they have in the past, which could account for the increase.
Booths will be set up along the deck outside of existing businesses, and the event will include entertainment at Mango’s Bar and Grill from the Lake Saxophone Quintet, Vitalize Church and a disc jockey. There also will be a demonstration from ATA Black Belt Academy and a puppet show from Halesford Baptist Church. Face painting will be available from Honey Tree Early Learning Center.
Sheila Andrews, owner of Oar Knot, said many Bridgewater Plaza businesses will offer specials. She said association members are hoping the event will drive traffic and sales to the area.
“We rely on the locals and everybody to support us in the off-season,” Andrews said.
For more information, call 330-3350.
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