Friday, June 15, 2018

Abingdon celebrates Independence Day June 30, 2018 with a day of family fun

June 14, 2018

Abingdon celebrates Independence Day June 30, 2018
with a day of family fun

ABINGDON, Va.—On Saturday, June 30, 2018 downtown Abingdon will be alive with an All-American Independence Day Extravaganza. This free event takes place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion and along Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon. Free activities include a watermelon eating contest, a kids’ craft area, historical reenactors, block party with a foam pit, stilt walkers, antique car show, concert, and firework finale. Food trucks will be present to provide concessions.
The free concert starts at 7:00pm, featuring the gospel-blues and southern soul of Devon Gilfillian. This young songwriter grew up outside of Philadelphia,  absorbing  everything  from the R&B swagger of Al Green and Ray Charles to the rock & roll heroics of Jimi Hendrix. Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian recently had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the NFL Draft, and has been featured as a Rising Artist in Rolling Stone Magazine, for Southwest Airlines as well as countless others. He also headlines several festivals in 2018, including Floyd Fest and Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol.
At 4:00 p.m. the festivities begin with a watermelon eating contest for those ages 5 to 18. Just like any good watermelon eating competition, no hands or other unique equipment are allowed. Contestants should arrive at 3:30pm to sign up, accompanied by their parent or guardian.

William King Museum of Art will be hosting the Kids’ Craft area from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can participate in creative craft projects for free. Activities at the craft area include rotating art projects every hour.

Other draws for families include an antique car show, historical reenactors celebrating Abingdon’s rich Revolutionary War history, and a block party and foam pit.  The entire extravaganza will end in true American style with a firework finale at 9:15.

All activities will take place on Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon, either at the Fields Penn Lawn, the Abingdon Market Pavilion or along Remsburg Drive. Public parking is available in the Municipal Lot on Main Street, or on the street as available.

For a full schedule of events and activities, visit


Notice of Meeting- Mickey Newman Funeral

Thursday, June 14, 2018


VDOT PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: A public hearing has been scheduled regarding UPC 109440 – Exit 19 on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The hearing will be held at the Abingdon High School, which is located at 705 Thompson Drive, Abingdon, VA.

In Memory Of Graham Michael “Mickey” Newman

We are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and former Town Manager, Mickey Newman. Mr. Newman guided the Town for twenty-five years, but will probably be best remembered for his love of providing recreational opportunities.  In fact, he would often say that, “…the town spends more on recreation, per capita, than any other locality in the commonwealth.” His leadership was a key factor in establishing the Coomes Recreation Center and the Virginia Creeper Trail.  We thank our friend, and leader, Mr. Newman for his service to our community. His wit, wisdom, and steadfastness will be greatly missed by his many friends and both current and former employees. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Newman family at this time.  

Sustain Abingdon Committee Meeting on 8-8-18

Wednesday, August 8th at 12:00PM at Town Hall in the Arthur Campbell Room- 

Sustain Abingdon Committee Meeting 

Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting on 6-26-18

Tuesday, June 26th at 3pm at the VA Highlands Small Business Incubator – 

Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting