On the third Friday of each September, this sleepy little town, nestled along US-11 (Exit 279 on I-81), comes alive with the Festival of music, arts, crafts, parade, entertainment and great food. The best part of the Festival, though, is our people. Our theme is that of another time. A time when things moved a little slower, a time when people took the time to visit with each other, but most of all, a time when everybody enjoyed the life they had and the friends they shared.
In 1981 the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce had been thinking about ways to help to market the town, with its quaint shops and the Edinburg Mill Restaurant that had existed at that time. Edinburg Mill Restaurant owner Jim Ellis and Mariam Irvin were behind this effort. The Chamber had first considered holding an annual town-wide yard sale, but they then decided that they wanted something more. Finally, Mr. Ellis suggested they have an Ole Time Festival, complete with a March Through Town Parade. The parade would be more like an old time parade. It would not even include features of larger parades, such as marching bands. The festival would also have feature a few other events to attract visitors. Jim Ellis was the first OTF Chairman, Miriam Irvin was Co-chair.
Chairman: Eric Estep • Co-Chair: Dawn Estep • Secretary: Donna Locklear • Treasurer: Shelby Hollar
Antique Motorcycles: Mustafa Tehrani • Antique Tractors: Gail Giles • Beard Contest: Melanie Spalding and Deidre Larrick • Bed Race: Brad Dellinger • Book Signing: Donna Smith • Children’s Festival: Stephanie Heishman-Litten • Civic Organization: Donna Locklear • Civil War Dance: Libby Rocco • Crafters: Dawn Estep • Duck Race: Vickie Bowman • Encampment: Danny Spain • Entertainment: Libby Rocco • Festival Crock: Kathy Gwynn • Food Vendors: Jane Ryman • Fun Run: Donna Foltz Spaur • Information Booth: Sallie Raynor and Brooke Whetzel • Parade: Steve Wood • Parking: Eric Estep/Teen Challenge/MMA students • Patrons: Shelby Hollar • Plaques: Libby Rocco • Pioneer Breakfast: Paje Cross and students • Publicit: Heather Holsinger • Ole Timers Games: Larry Beazley • Opening Ceremony: Eric Estep • Play: Barbara Strong • Schedule Brochures: Janet Wagniere • Signage: Ron Crabtree • Sing Along: Barbara Strong • Sponsorship: Libby Rocco • Stage Manager: Libby Rocco and Gloria Boone • Tents: Eric Estep • T Shirts: Ron Crabtree • Web Site: Hank Zimmerman • Wine Tasting: Heather Holsinger
Edward Jones/Tracy Miller
Keith Rocco - Tradition Studios
Kibler's Furniture Store
Northern Virginia Daily
Shenandoah Valley Productions
V.F.W. - Edinburg Post 2447
Valley Funeral Service
Valley Health / Shenandoah Memorial Hospital