A long-established favorite among Loudoun County festivals, the 31st annual Sterlingfest is ready to break new ground Oct. 6.
The traditional favorites of food, music, games and specialty arts and crafts vendors will have several new attractions, according to Sterlingfest Chairwoman Rebecca Fanning. “This is the first year we are going to have a beer garden and wine garden,” Fannis said. “We are featuring three local breweries – Beltway Brewing, Crooked Run Brewing and Rocket Frog Brewing. They are all local right here in Sterling.
“The wine is coming from Fabbioli Cellars, which is not in Sterling but it is still local. It is in Loudoun County.”
Fanning said IDs will be checked and anyone 21 and older will get a bracelet to show they can purchase alcohol.
Another new attraction this year is a petting zoo with animals from the Leesburg Animal Park.
“We are going to have 15 animals here, for the kids to go in and pet and hold,” Fanning said. “It is all free.”
Fanning said a scavenger hunt has been added, a fun way to get people to enjoy Sterlingfest longer and perhaps see booths and attractions they might otherwise miss.
t”They will be looking for a particular item at each of the different booths and vendors,” she said. “Anyone who completes the scavenger hunt wins a prize and they will be put into a larger drawing at the end of the day.”
Children will be able to get their ninja on with a Kid Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course courtesy of Crossfit Loudoun and Nova Ninja.
“We are setting up a children’s area and the obstacle course will be in there,” Fanning said. “That is free as well, but (parents) will have to sign a waiver.
“In the children’s area, we will also have an instrument petting zoo, where kids can go in and actually try out and play different instruments, like a drum set or guitar. That is all from Bach to Rock, who will also serve as our master of ceremonies. There will be moon bounces and children can do art, provided by Bob Ross.”
In addition to Bach to Rock, music will be provided by Ochos De Bastos, the Park View High School World View Band and PVHS Marching Band.
“We are also going to have lots of food,” Fanning said. “We are going to have a Southern fish fry, barbecue, Peruvian food. Mediterranean food. an ice cream truck and the regular hot dogs and hamburgers and such.”
The Columbus Day Parade, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, starts at 10 a.m. and will march down Sterling Boulevard.
Sterlingfest proceeds benefit the Sterling Foundation.
“It supports our beautification project for the boulevard, we have stream clean-ups in Sterling and our scholarship program,” Fanning said.
Sterlingfest is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting right after the parade.
For more information, visit sterlingfest.org.