Photo by Mike Tripp courtesy of The News-Leader
Photo by Mike Tripp
courtesy of The News Leader

Last year, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of a local theatre, the Staunton Performing Arts Center organized a nostalgic, family-friendly street fair that was so fun, so appealing, that it is not only returning . . . it is doubling in size! Join downtown Staunton on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm as we celebrate at the PAC’n the Streets Fair

The PAC’n the Streets Fair is a unique event that brings together

Photo by Mike Tripp courtesy of The News-Leader
Photo by Mike Tripp
courtesy of The News Leader

some of the areas most talented performers, artisans, and vendors for a full day of events that appeal to a wide audience. With events that are geared towards young and old alike, the street fair proved so popular that it will now stretch across two city blocks, from Market to Augusta on East Beverly Street. This year will also see the introduction of a Tasting Garden, located at the Hardy municipal parking lot on the corner of Market and East Beverley Streets, where fair-goers can sample from some of the area’s finest wineries and breweries.

The fair boasts a main stage featuring a full day of over 20 performances from a variety of bands, dancers, cloggers, actors, and much more. In addition, expect to be dazzled by a continuous variety of roaming street performers that include storytellers, comedians, magicians, wizards, and artists. One of the highlights

photo by Mike Tripp courtesy of The News-Leader
photo by Mike Tripp
courtesy of The News Leader

from last year, and we are excited to welcome back this year, is a pots and pans children’s parade through the fair led by Anne Paulus, a local performer and storyteller with Grimmcrackery. Last year’s guests were delighted as children joyously weaved through the fair, a mini-celebration that brought smiles to the faces of all who were there to witness it. Staunton is so proud to see our community come together to showcase area talent and create a day that is as inspiring as it is wondrous!

You should arrive hungry because this year’s PAC’n the Streets Fair boasts area restaurants and food vendors that will be dishing up tasty plates all day! From savory to sweet, and everything in between, visitors to the fair can expect a day filled with tantalizing aromas.

It already sounds like a full day of fun, but this is just the tip of the iceberg! The Dixie Theater lobby will be open for a Memory Station Photo Booth in which event goers can create photo memories of their day. The Festival Committee donated space to Cat’s Cradle who will be offering the opportunity to adopt kittens in need of homes. The Staunton Parks and Recreation Department will provide a full half block of children’s activities that will include a live interactive animal demonstration from 11 to 12 put on by the Wildlife Center of Virginia and a number of different animals. All of this plus chalk drawings in the street, interactive arts and crafts activities, a live bobble-head Woodrow Wilson character, and a long list of artists and artisans displaying their creations. It’s a full day of memories in the making!

Join us as Staunton celebrates not only its diverse performing arts community, but also its commitment to providing family-friendly fun in our historic downtown setting. PAC’n the Streets promises to outdo itself in 2014! We can’t wait to see you there!

Written by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider

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