That was the first year HFI members put on the Fincastle Festival. That first festival and those in the decades that followed allowed the organization to raise thousands of dollars that the group poured into historic restoration.

A few years ago, HFI members decided to give up the festival, but not the notion of having one again at some point.

That some point arose with the 50th anniversary of the first one, and it will be relived again this Saturday, Sept. 22— rain or shine— in the middle of the historic town.

East Main Street will be closed between US 220 and Church Street and Roanoke Street will be closed between Murray and Back Streets— the central portion of the town that includes the Courthouse Square where many of the activities planned for the event will be centered.

The 50th Anniversary  Fincastle Festival runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes an art show, a student art show, live music (from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and crafters.

Revolutionary era interpreters will help visitors understand that period, and they will fire an artillery cannon at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Historic presentations will begin in the Botetourt County…

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