BOWLING GREEN – It looks like a beautiful fall day in store for the town of Bowling Green’s 23rd annual Harvest Festival on Saturday.
An estimated 10,000 people are expected to flock to the tiny Caroline County seat for the celebratory, family-friendly street festival, and it looks like they will have pleasant weather.
The forecast is for sunny skies with some cloudy intervals, a high of 67. There is only a 10 percent chance of rain.
The festival, to be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. primarily along a section of the town’s Main Street, goes on rain or shine.
A portion of Main Street and sections of some other immediately adjacent streets will be closed off for the festival, and about 120 vendors and exhibitors will be set up on Main Street in the town’s business district. The festival typically features a multitude of vendors and exhibitors offering arts and crafts and a wide variety of other merchandise as well as food.
The festival also includes live music performed on a stage on Main Street in the center of town. Local bands will perform a variety of country, rock & roll, and popular music.
The car show regularly features displays of antique and vintage automobiles. Staged on North Main Street and the parking lot in the shopping center at the intersection of North Main Street and Broaddus Avenue, the show is a sanctioned event with judging for awards.
The festival also features an antique tractor show staged on North Main Street.
Activities for children, held on the courthouse lawn as well as other areas, include pumpkin painting, face painting, a petting zoo, performing clowns, and rides and games.
The farmers market will be on the courthouse lawn. The fire department exhibit and kiddie rides will be along South Main Street.
The lineup for live music is:
• 10:30 a.m. – Patsy and the Country Classics
• noon – Milford Station (bluegrass)
• 1 p.m. – Hangin’ With Stogie (country)
• 2 p.m. – Real Deal Band (Motown)
• 3 p.m. – Cactus Jack (classic rock, Southern rock)
The town will close Main Street between Broaddus Avenue on the northern end and the U.S. 301 by-pass at the town’s corporate limit on the southern end. A block of Milford Street on the western side and two blocks of Chase Street on the eastern side of the town’s main intersection in the downtown district also will be closed.
For the best parking, arrive before noon, organizers suggest. Satellite parking will be on Broaddus Street, and a shuttle van will provide transportation. No pets are allowed.
For more information about the festival, call the town office at (804) 633-6212 or visit www.townofbowlinggreen.com.