CHRISTIANSBURG – Main Street in downtown Christiansburg was flooded with thousands of people Saturday, Sept. 16, for the 50th Anniversary Kiwanis Wilderness Trail Festival.
Attendees came to shop at the arts and craft booths, experience the heritage trade and skill performers demonstrating their skills, enjoy the live entertainment, take part in the children’s area, observe the antique and classic cars and consume the delicious food.
A record number of arts and crafts vendors displayed and sold their hand-crafted products to a large number of shoppers. Many vendors reported record sales and expressed their intent to come back next year.
The children’s area was busy all day with the children enjoying the inflatable bouncy house and slide, face-painting, the cork gun games, clown, Aquatic Centers’ pirate, and the first responders’ equipment.
The two entertainment stages, with local talent, drew large crowds as family, friends, and onlookers gathered to enjoy the various presentations by the performers.
People lined up to purchase delicious food from the vendors. There were 10 food vendors offering a large variety of food options.
Many people participated in the silent auction and the raffles conducted by the Kiwanis Club.
This event is the largest fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg and 100% of the proceeds go back into the local community with most going to children in need of support.
Kiwanis is a global organization of members, clubs, and partners who are dedicated to changing the world, one child at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg has provided services to the local community since its charter was granted in 1949.
Submitted by Ernie Wade