Words from the Chamber

The Historic Appomattox Railroad Festival (HARF) is just around the corner. In past years (2020 excepted), our festival has been held concurrently with the Garlic Festival in Amherst County. The debate has always been whether the competition reduced attendance here or if the two festivals fed each other with many opting to attend one on Saturday and the other on Sunday. Well, this year may give us a clue — there is no Garlic Festival being held in 2021.

One new wrinkle in this year’s HARF is the Storefront Decorating Contest.  HARF volunteer Kia Scott did an excellent job of getting participants, organizing the judging and making its first year successful.  Three locations, Appomattox Outdoor Equipment,  J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library, and Jamerson Building Supply constructed outdoor sculptures. Another seventeen locations produced window displays.

There’s more to this in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Support local journalism by purchasing the issue at a local newsstand or subscribing at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to receive the print edition or view the full article in the e-edition version.