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Festival 2013 Announces Entertainment For May 24-27 Memorial Day Weekend Events

April 12,2013

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Festival 2013 Announces Entertainment For May 24-27 Memorial Day Weekend Events

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ROANOKE, Va. (April 12, 2013) — Roanoke’s annual summer festival season starts officially on Fri., May 24, with Festival 2013 brought to you by Bank of America. 

Festival 2013 will be held at an alternate location this year—River’s Edge Sports Complex in downtown Roanoke along Reserve Avenue and Wiley Drive —and will return to the redeveloped Elmwood Park in 2014.  Festival 2013 is presented by the Festival in the Park, Inc. committee with support from Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (DRI). 

Advance tickets go on sale Mon., Apr. 22, at five Bank of America locations*, including the location downtown at 302 S. Jefferson Street. On the same day, tickets will be available via PayPal on DRI’s website, www.downtownroanoke.org/Festival 2013.  Ticket prices are $13 in advance; $15 at the door; and $50 for a group of four tickets.  In addition, there is an option to purchase the VIP Experience for $60 per person, per night, which includes catered food and beverages, stage front access, and a meet and greet with the performing artists. There are only 100 VIP tickets available per night. 

“We look forward to welcoming Festival-goers this year in River’s Edge.  It was important for us to continue the Festival tradition in a different location that is still close to downtown Roanoke, and River’s Edge offers us a great footprint for vendors, entertainment, the arts show and our guests,” said A.W. (Skip) Brown, Producer and Treasurer for Festival in the Park, Inc.  “For more than 43 years, Festival has been an annual Memorial Day affair in Roanoke and we look forward to this year, as well our future years in our new home at Elmwood Park.”

Through the years, Festival in the Park has hosted more than 30 top national touring country artists, ten national rock artists, four international rock shows, six R&B shows and four bluegrass shows.   Brown continued, “We’re proud to be a regular stop along the tour circuit for these Grammy and CMA award winners.”

Tina Workman, DRI’s vice president of events and operations, said, “It has been a pleasure to work with the Festival 2013 committee to create this year’s program.  We know this year’s events and entertainment will be three great days of music, art and more for Festival-goers.”

The first music events begin Fri., May 24 and continue through Mon., May 27.  Entertainment is scheduled that will appeal to music fans of all genres.

·       Fri., May 24- The entertainment kicks off Friday night with country music and includes performances by Daryle Singletary, Mark Wills, and Andy Griggs.  Friday’s music will close with Virginia-born Keith Bryant.

·       Sat., May 25- British band Bad Company, featuring Brian Howe, lands in Roanoke as the Saturday night headliner.

·       Sun., May 26- Sunday’s line-up presents country favorites James Wesley and Dustin Lynch.

·       Mon., May 27- 1964: The Tribute—the most requested show the Festival has ever had—will close Festival 2013 with its 14th Roanoke-area performance.  1964: The Tributetakes Festival-goers on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever.  

Fine Arts & Crafts Show – Sat., May 25

The Festival’s art show begins Sat., May 25 at 11 a.m. and is always a cornerstone of the annual event.   This year’s show anticipates approximately 80 artists.   Judges for the show are selected annually—and will be announced shortly before the Festival begins.  The art show is a juried competition in which the group of art critics also judges the submitted artworks, selecting which will be displayed at the Festival.  

Art show awards are announced on Sun., May 26 at 3 p.m.,and include prizes for Best in Show; Two and Three Dimensional Art; Three Dimensional Wearable Art; Honorable Mention; and Best Booth Display.  Artists have until April 30 to apply to exhibit in the Festival 2013 Art Show.  Visit www.downtownroanoke.com to review the application. 

Other Activities

Festival 2013 welcomes participation from several community organizations, including The Roanoke Chess Club, Help Save the Next Girl, car shows from the Roanoke Valley Mustang Club, Roanoke’s chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, and the Dragonstyle Motorcycle Club.  A Power Tool Drag Race and Ultimate Frisbee Competition are also on tap for the Festival.  For runners, American Electric Power’s 5K and 10K race will start at 8 am on Sat., May 26.

The children’s area will include a special Fairytales from Around the World workshop, where children are guided through five stories and have the opportunity to make crafts related to the stories.  As always, inflatables and other games are available, so make a visit to Festival 2013 an event for the entire family to enjoy. 

For a complete list of times and events, go to www.downtownroanoke.org/Festival

 *BANK OF AMERICA OFFICES SELLING FESTIVAL TICKETS:

302 S JEFFERSON ST 24011 (Roanoke Main) / 3956 ELECTRIC RD 24018 (Starkey Road)/ 5002 WILLIAMSON RD NW 24012 (Crossroads) / 2820 BRAMBLETON AVE SW 24015 (Brambleton) / 201 S POLLARD ST  24179 (Vinton) / 1571 ROANOKE RD 24083 (Daleville)

About Festival in the Park, Inc.

Festival in the Park marks the official start of the summer season in the Roanoke Valley.  A favorite event for more than 43 years that includes music, a juried art show, children’s activities, and community organization support, Festival in the Park is always a crowd-pleaser.   For an overview of Festival 2013, visit www.downtownroanoke.org/Festival.  

About Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

Downtown Roanoke, Inc. provides services and support to downtown property owners, businesses and residents. Since 1960, its mission has been to position downtown Roanoke as the preferred place to live, work, and play. DRI also provides services throughout the Downtown Service District under a contract with the City of Roanoke and also manages the Historic Roanoke City Market, which is the oldest continuously-operating open air market in Virginia.  Each year, DRI presents a number of showcase events in downtown Roanoke including the Harvest Festival, and the SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas - a major holiday season street festival taking place each year on the first three Fridays of December.    

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