Peppa’s Announcement: Come meet Peppa Pig™ and join the celebration!! Peppa Pig is making a big splash in Winchester, VA, on Sunday, May 5th, 2019! Visit the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®’s New Horizons Kids’ Funday in the Park, at the Weekend in the Park event, from 12pm to 4pm to meet and take a photo with Peppa. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the special day. It will be more fun than jumping in a muddy puddle!
Important Changes in 2019 Ticketing Procedures: The Barrett Machine Weekend-in-the-Park event is highly sensitive to weather conditions. Good weather brings huge crowds and creates long, sometimes-frustrating lines at the event gates. Bad weather is dreary for Festival fans, and financially disastrous for the Festival. By employing a system of $5.00 discounts for advance purchasing, another large Festival event, the United Bank Wine Festival [also a two-day, weather-sensitive, outdoor event], sells at least 90% of its tickets in advance. Following this very successful example, the ticketing structure for the Barrett Machine Weekend-in-the-Park event in 2019 [as previously announced] will be:
- All children 10 and under will still be admitted for free. There is no change in this aspect.
- Advance tickets for Saturday only [featuring “American Crafts, Antiques and Fabulous Finds,” on a relaxed day with much smaller crowds] will be $5.00 [down from $7.00]. This offer is good through Wednesday, May 1st. At the gate, non-advance-ticketed entry will be $10.00.
- Advance tickets for Sunday only [featuring Safelite Auto Glass Car Show, Kids’ FunDay, Midway, Subaru Adventure Show, Craft Show] will be $5.00 [down from $7.00]. This offer is good through Wednesday, May 1st. At the gate, non-advance-ticketed entry will be $10.00.
- Advance purchase of a Two-Day [good for both days] keepsake pin will be $10.00. This offer is good through Wednesday, May 1st. These may also be purchased at the gate for $15.00.
Live Musical Entertainment from the Fogg Band: For no additional charge, event attendees will be entertained from 12noon to 4pm on Sunday, May 5th, by a live performance by the Fogg Band! This band is very hot now on the local club scene, performing music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
Peppa Pig Not Alone at New Horizons Kids’ FunDay: Many other attractive aspects of the FunDay event are being worked on. Some additional Peppa Pig tie-ins are being planned; as are the Dino Roar Dinosaur Show, assorted Inflatables, Face-Painting, a Petting Zoo, and other kid-friendly activities.
Wanted: “Fabulous Finds” Vendors: There is still time to be a Weekend in the Park Vendor/Crafter; and, in 2019, in addition to traditional Artisans and Crafters, Festival Officials are also scouting for Fabulous Finds Vendors. The Weekend in the Park event is the perfect venue for selling off-beat curios, refurbished antiques, interesting odds and ends, old-fashioned “white elephants,” and repurposed items. The Festival is very interested in attracting Vendors of “interesting, quality items, that don’t necessarily qualify as hand-made crafts.” If you are interested please contact ABHQ at 540-662-3863; or, come by in person at 135 North Cameron Street; and, in either case, ask for Brenna.