To the Editor:

Are you looking for something FUN and EXCITING to do on a sunny Saturday in Brunswick County? Look no further! This Saturday, April 21 the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Town of Lawrenceville and the Lawrenceville Rotary Club will be hosting the BRUNSWICK SPRING FESTIVAL and ROTARY 5-MILER.

This year the festival has been expanded to include the ENTIRE Downtown block of Main and Hicks Streets. There will be vendors, games and entertainment lining the streets from the stoplight all the way around the block to the Star Value parking lot where our 2nd Annual Car/ Truck/Motorcycle show will be going on.

The Festival begins at 8:30 am with the opening of the vendor fair, games and rides. We have over 80 vendors from North Carolina and Virginia. Items covering a full range of tastes from jewelry, florals, leather goods, furniture, cedar crafted items, pictures, glass wears, vintage replica signs, children’s clothing and hair bows, baskets, candles and soaps and this doesn’t begin to cover what will be on hand. Come with an empty stomach because there will be food vendors that can fill any craving you may have, chicken, fish, BBQ, sausages, blooming onions, snow cones and of course Brunswick Counties signature Brunswick Stew cooked by Stewmaster Leslie Beatty that will be available by the quart or bowl.

A Mechanical Bull ride and miniature Carousel will be two of the festivals key attractions as well as a Moon bounce featuring mascots such as Hello Kitty, Dora and more. There will be a number of carnival games to test your skills, “Hillbilly” softball toss, Football Throw, Balloon Darts, Nerf Target Shoot, Duck Pond (pickup ducks), and a Lollipop Tree. DJ Christopher Clark will be featured all day on the Courthouse Square. The day’s schedule of events includes: 8:30 a.m. - Beginning of festival and the Brickyard 5-miler beginning from the brick plant on Route 58 and ending at the brick crosswalk in front of the courthouse and center of the festival; 10 a.m. - Car / Truck / Motorcycle Show begins at the Hicks Street end of the festival in the Star Value parking lot. 18 award categories. First 50 registering receive commemorative dash plates; 11 a.m. - Miss & Mister Spring Festival Pageants at the Main Street end of the festival at Elm Acres Community Center. 5 Miss/Misters will be crowned; 12 noon - Celebration and awards presentation on Courthouse Square for the championship Brunswick Bulldogs Basketball Team and the SVCC Men’s Basketball Team as well as a special recognition for the girls teams from both schools; 2 p.m. - Awards for the Car Show Winners’ 3 p.m. - the festivities move out to the Lawrenceville-Brunswick Airport for the Annual Virginia Beef and Dairy Festival where you will enjoy entertainment provided by local talent Jason Link.

I can think of no better way to spend a Saturday than enjoying a day out in beautiful and historic Brunswick County. Come out and share the day with us.

Wendy Wright

Executive Director

Brunswick Chamber of Commerce