ABINGDON, Va. - The always-popular Appalachian Highlanders bagpipe group, the Crooked Road Cloggers, and the MudBugs Cajun music band are the featured performers on Plumb Alley this Saturday when Kiwanis of Abingdon sponsors its annual Plumb Alley Day street festival. A veritable sea of people stroll the Alley between Main and Valley Streets to visit 170 vendors, listen to the music, sample the variety of food and drink, and greet friends they have not seen since the last Plumb Alley Day.
Every available booth space has been taken, and many potential vendors had to be turned away.
Children's activities include pony rides, the art contest, a putt-putt game, an inflatable, a magic show, and a clown fashioning fanciful animals from balloons. All children's activities will take place behind the Washington County courthouse at the corner of Valley and Court Streets.
Although the official start time for Plumb Alley Day is 9 a.m., yard sale shoppers invariably come early. For safety reasons, Kiwanis requests that pedestrians stay off the Alley until vendors have finished setting up at 7:30 a.m. The largest of the yard sales will likely be the one behind the Town administration building, organized by Town employees to benefit the United Way.
People attending Plumb Alley Day may park on Main or Valley Streets or in town public lots. To ease parking and save frustration, attendees may want to park farther away and take the town's reliable shuttle buses into the historic district. Busses make an entire circuit every 20 minutes. Bus stops are listed under local transit on the Abingdon web site, Abingdon-va.gov.
Numerous local businesses have contributed to Plumb Alley Day. The Bristol Herald Courier, Eastman Credit Union, and Bristol Virginia Utilities are the title sponsors. Gold sponsors are Frost Funeral Home, Abingdon Cleaners, Alpha Natural Resources, The Office Place, Jerry's Signs, TruPoint Bank and Bank of Marion. Silver sponsors are Berry Home Centers, the Peppermill Restaurant, Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grill, Virginia Highlands Community College, Optima Health, and Prestige Homes.
Last year, the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon donated over $18,000 to local organizations serving children, including the Washington County Public Library, the School Bookbag Project, and the Barter Theatre Student Program among others.
More information about Plumb Alley Day is available on the Kiwanis website, abingdonkiwanis.org.
Plumb Alley Day Schedule-at-a-Glance
9:30 to 10:15 Appalachian Highlanders
10:25 to 10:55 Crooked Road Cloggers
10:30 to 11:15 MudBugs
11:05 to 11:45 Magic Show
11:45 to 12:30 MudBugs
11:55 to 12:40 Crooked Road Cloggers
12:50 to 1:50 Magic Show
1:00 to 2:00/2:15 MudBugs
2:00 to 2:45 Crooked Road Cloggers
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