WILLIAMSBURG — The second annual River Fog Festival returns to downtown Williamsburg Saturday with a stacked musical lineup, plenty of food and beverages as well as giant games for children to enjoy.
Melissa Bond, public relations coordinator for the festival, said last year the event was a pilot, just to see how the community would respond. Organizers had such a good turnout with over a 1,000 showing up, they feel like it’s something they definitely want to do again.
Bond said they had positive feedback and heard a lot of people say they were happy to have the festival as an option, there was a sense of community and they were glad it was a kid-friendly event.
Why Whitley, the community organization that highlights positive aspects of Whitley County, founded the festival as a way to celebrate what the county has to offer and they said they intentionally tried to create a space for that to happen. They tried hard to make a place for children but keeping it small enough that they would be close to the family. There was a lot of thought that went into that venue and they worked closely with the city.
The festival will be held in the same location, the green space on the corner of Main and Third Street.
Always highlighting Kentucky music, organizers are thrilled to bring three new musical acts to the festival: Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Eastern Kentucky favorites Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers, and Larah Heylane.
Giant games such as Jenga, Connect Four and Tic-Tac-Toe will be available for children as well as sidewalk chalk and glow sticks.
New this year, the event will be pet-friendly. Organizers do ask that you do bring a bag to clean up your pet's waste.
The festival is free with several food and drink vendors available for purchase. Moonbow Mercantile will also have a shirt available for purchase with funds going to support the festival.
Sticking to the Kentucky Proud and small town Appalachian theme, Jarfly Brewing Company, West Sixth Brewing and Pivot Brewing will be on hand selling beverages along with Faulkner Bent Farms, Handlebar Nate's and the Cattleman's Association for those who come hungry.
The festival will begin at 4 p.m. and run through 10:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a chair, but leave the coolers at home and support local businesses and vendors.