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Sterling Blog: SterlingFest is SterlingFUN

Each year, I look forward to the weekend of Columbus Day, not just because I get a day off, but because it’s SterlingFest. What could be better than a whole day celebrating the best town in the world and the place I call home?

This year is the 30th anniversary of our favorite yearly event and we need to celebrate! On Oct. 7, block the day and get ready for some SterlingFUN. The events start at 10 a.m. with our annual Columbus Day parade. The participants start walking at Park View High and then go down Sterling Boulevard and end at the Loudoun Elks barn on Holly. I know some groups are planning to give out candy and other things, so you don’t want to be too far from the action.

At 11 a.m., the fun continues as Sterling Fest opens at the Sterling Community Center and Commerce and Enterprise Streets with over 100 vendors, live entertainment, and shopping so you can get all your holiday shopping done. It will keep going into the evening, only shutting down at 5 p.m.

Are you hungry? You never have to leave SterlingFest to get some eats. Whatever your tastebuds crave-- whether Peruvian, Indian, or barbecue—you’ll find it at SterlingFest. While you’re noshing, you can enjoy all the entertainment offered, including bands like Ocho de Bastos and Sub-Radio, and a DJ provided by Bach to Rock.

The Sterling Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual open house so you can personally thank the men and women who keep us safe. While you’re there, be sure to learn more about this valuable organization and how you can help them be even better. Check them out online at sterlingfire.org.

The Sterling Foundation is also putting together a time capsule so that we can remember our hometown in 2017. Just two years ago, they found the time capsule from 1988. No word on how many scrunchies were inside. If you have something you’d like to include, bring it along to SterlingFest and donate it to the capsule. Who knows when this one will be found?

For more information,you can visit Sterlingfest.org or the SterlingFest Facebook page.

Just down the boulevard, at E. Staunton Ave., the Helen Casey Memorial Butterfly Garden well have its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday as well, though the butterflies haven't waited to enjoy it.

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