Crowds flocked to Folk Fair Saturday

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By Felecia Shelor

The road through Meadows of Dan was lined with locals and visitors alike on Saturday — a picture perfect day for the 15th annual Meadows of Dan Folk Fair. It was a day for music, storytelling, politicking, gathering with old friends and meeting new. It was an opportunity for local churches, the school, and other community organizations to raise money and promote their causes. It was a meet and greet with local authors and craftsmen, and an opportunity for them to promote their books and crafts.

The Meadows of Dan Elementary School PTO hosted the fish fry, a fund raiser for the school. New this year was the children’s entrepreneurial section, which was a huge success. The Vesta Community Center sold hot dogs and drinks to raise money for the needed new drain field. The Meadows of Dan Baptist Church was on hand to explain their participation in a new program “Operation Christmas Child Shoebox.” The church is a drop off location for Samaritans Purse, an organization that distributes gifts to needy children all over the world. The Patrick County Democrats and the Patrick County Republicans were both in Meadows of Dan to promote their candidates. The Reynolds Homestead provided the shuttle between the community building and the participating businesses. The Hylton Family, The Country Boys, and the Lower Dam Band provided the music.

The Meadows of Dan Folk Fair is organized by the Meadows of Dan Community Association, which has as its mission to promote and preserve Meadows of Dan as a community and work to keep Meadows of Dan a nice place to live and visit.

Everyone in Meadows of Dan is encouraged to join the Meadows of Dan Community Association which meets the second Thursday of each month at the community center at 5:30 p.m. The next event the community association will plan is the Meadows of Dan Christmas Parade, which is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year.

“This was the best folk fair to date” said community association president, Trinity Goad. “We intend to continue working to make it better and better.”