While we are hoping we dodge the wet bullet yet again this year, it looks like Mother Nature may have other plans. The good news is that it looks like the skies *should* be clear for the 5k, parade, and Memorial Ceremony, and hopefully through at least the pie-eating contest. Things get a little dicey in the mid-afternoon. We will be watching the forecast VERY closely in the next 24 hours.
Consequently, we feel it’s prudent to let everyone know what happens in case we have to seek drier ground, especially in the mid- to late-afternoon/evening:
* 5k — run rain or shine
* Parade — run rain or shine
* Any impacted stage entertainment, including Memorial Ceremony — moved to the Round Hill Elementary School gym/cafeteria
* Pie contest — held at RHES
* Downhill derby — cancelled if the road is wet
* Food — we hope vendors will be able to set up either inside the RHES cafeteria or in tents just outside the door
* Beer/wine — is NOT allowed at the school so must be cancelled
ANY CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED PROMINENTLY ON THIS PAGE, THE FESTIVAL FACEBOOK PAGE AND ON SIGNS IN THE TOWN PARK. So please keep checking back here for the most up-to-date information.
It is our strong desire to keep everything going at the park **if at all possible** — even if we have to shut the stage down for an hour or two mid-day to let a scattered storm pass.
However, if the storms move in and appear to be here to stay though the evening, we may need to shut down at the park and relocate to Round Hill Elementary School. If this has to happen, we hope to make the move between 3-5 p.m. so that we can set up dinner and the evening entertainment inside. The Immortals and Blue Country Revival would then play in the school gym/auditorium. We hope we will still have a large crowd join us for the fun!
We’ve seen a lot of questions this afternoon about ROAD CLOSURES and PARKING for Saturday’s Hometown Festival. Here’s the scoop:
ROAD CLOSURES: Roads along the 5k and parade routes WILL be closed on and off through the morning on Saturday, as the 5k and parade progress through the north part of Round Hill. Traffic will be halted while runners and parade participants are in transit, and alternate routes during these times are highly encouraged.
North Locust Street will be closed for the duration of the Downhill Derby.
TIMING: The 5k begins at Round Hill Elementary School at 8 a.m. and typically takes approximately an hour from start to the last runner finishes. Roads will be reopened fully as the last runner passes.
The parade begins in the Greenwood Commons neighborhood at 9:30 a.m. and progresses through Hillwood Estates to Main Street and then to the Town Park. Again, roads will be closed along the route for the duration of the parade; They should be fully open between 10:30-10:45 a.m.
The downhill derby begins test runs at 2 p.m.; the official heats are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and the race should conclude by 5:30 p.m.
PARKING: We encourage most residents to walk or ride bikes to and from the Festival whenever possible. For anyone for whom this is not practical, official Festival parking is available at the Round Hill Baptist and Round Hill Methodist Churches. Both lots are located on West Loudoun Street, less than a block from the center of town. If these lots are full, alternative parking may be found at the Round Hill Center on High Street.
We ask that residents who live along the parade route or on North Locust Street please refrain from allowing roadside parking during the day on Saturday in order to allow safe access for the parade and for the drivers of the derby cars.
We just approved the final proof for this year’s T-shirt! Get yours online using our order form at www.roundhillva.org/hometown-festival-order-form/
Shirts are expected to be delivered to the Round Hill Town Office the Wednesday before the Festival. We will send out an email when pre-ordered shirts are ready to be picked up!
From the 5k in the morning all the way through to the end of the evening concert, the Round Hill Hometown Festival takes a lot of helping hands behind the scenes to make the day a success. If you have an hour or two leading up to or on the day of the Festival (Saturday, May 27), please sign up to help out!
To sign up, use the Signup Genius link or email email@example.com.
The Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department’s parade signup site for 2017 is now online at www.roundhillparade.com for any individuals and groups interested in participating in this year’s parade. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Commons neighborhood and processes through Hillwood Estates to Main Street and ends at the Town Park. Participants are asked to line up starting at 9:00.
Online registration for the Festival 5k and Round Hill Down Hill is now live at http://roundhillva.org/hometown-festival-order-form/.
The Festival 5k pre-registration fees are $25/adults and $20/youth (under 18) and groups of 20 or more runners. Race-day registration is $28/all ages.
Down Hill derby registration is $10/driver.
Details for both races can be found on the Down Hill Derby and Festival 5k pages.