Thursday, May 17, 2018

Media alert: Thursday Jams moved to Wolf Hills Brewing due to inclement weather


Abingdon, VA – Due to the forecast of thunder and lighting, tonight’s Thursday Jams concert has been relocated to Wolf Hills Brewing (350 Park Street in Abingdon). Nashville artist Sam Lewis headlines the show, with opening act K.T. Vandyke. The brewery opens at 5:00pm, and music starts at 7:00pm. Food vendors will still be on hand, and the concert is still free and all ages.

Country singer Sam Lewis has collaborated with everyone from John Prine and Kacey Musgraves to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him "a modern Townes Van Zandt". And while he's often labeled with some form of the word 'soulful' (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis' style meets at a juncture of many different genres.

Born and raised deep in the black diamond hills of southwestern Virginia, K.T. Vandyke is a unique and gripping song-smith, who wields folk songs and prose that reflect his vibrant and tempestuous life. His songs tell the story of growing up in the coalfields of Buchanan County, Virginia and the trials of being young vagabond musician devoted to honing his craft and experiencing all that life has to offer.

For more information on the venue, visit

For more information on the musical lineup, visit

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Notice of Meeting - June 18, 2018 Dedication of Lois H. Humphreys Park on Main

June 2018 Town Council Meeting Notice

Commonwealth Transportation Board/VDOT Meeting

Follow up information from the Commonwealth Transportation Board/VDOT Meeting held on Monday, May 14, 2018:

Already funded or under construction
Exit 14 – complete in Fall 2018
Park Street – under design, start construction in Spring 2019
Green Springs Road – complete in October 2018
Abingdon Urban Trail – complete in September 2018
VCT @ Watauga Road - underway

East Main Street sidewalks – FY2023
West Main/Jonesboro Road intersection improvements – Design FY2021, Construction FY2023
Additional Maintenance Funds (Cummings Street, Porterfield Hwy, Jonesboro Road) – Fall 2018
West Main/Porterfield Hwy intersection improvements – Design FY2020, Construction FY2022-23
Exit 17 – FY2021
Exit 19 – FY2023
VCT @ Meade Meadows – FY2019/20

Future Applications
East Main Street Widening from Exit 19 to Hillman Highway – Smart Scale
French Moore Blvd. Extension – Smart Scale
Clark Street Sidewalks - HSIP
Urban Trail, Phase 2 – Transportation Alternative (TA)

For questions or more information, please call Matt Bolick, Director of Public Works, at 276-628-3167.

Monday, May 14, 2018



Abingdon, VA –  Now in its 6th year, Abingdon’s Thursday Jams series is one of the region’s most popular summer events.  The shows start this Thursday May 17th with rising country artist Sam Lewis and special opener KT Vandyke, a rising star from Southwest VA.  Thursday Jams has added some surprising new opening acts to the series, adding even more excitement to the schedule of nationally acclaimed artists.   Thursday Jams kick off each Thursday evening at 7:00pm; headliners go on at 8:00pm.

Presented by Blue Ridge Beverages and the Abingdon Music Experience, Thursday Jams continues each Thursday for 10 weeks, closing July 19; a beer garden is provided by Abingdon Main Street, and local food vendors are on hand each week. Visitors and locals alike turn out for these free, family-friendly events. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the shows.

“We have been overwhelmed with the requests from artists to play this series, and there just aren’t enough days to showcase all of the talent we’d like to,” according to Event Coordinator Sara Saavedra.  “This has created a situation where each concert date not only has a fantastic headlining band, but often has openers who are also booked at big festivals like Merle Fest and Floyd Fest. We have so many openers this year that are nationally touring acts themselves.”

Other opening acts include Trongone Band (June 14), Cicada Rhythm (July 12) and Songs from the Road (June 28) a NC bluegrass super-band, made up of members who have shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Larry Keel, Steve Martin, Bobby McFerrin and have received numerous IBMA and Grammy awards. For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit

Thursday Jams, which draws thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Abingdon each year, is sponsored in part by Eastman Credit Union, Universal Fibers, First Community Bank, Bank of Marion, Food City, and Johnston Memorial Hospital, with media and hospitality sponsorship from WNCW 88.7, The Loafer, and JJ’s Restaurant.

No outside alcohol is allowed. In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted to social media, and Wolf Hills Brewery will serve as the alternate venue, located at 350 Park Street SE in Abingdon.


Thursday Jams 2018 Lineup
May 17, 2018
Sam Lewis
Opening act: KT Vandyke

May 24, 2018
Reverend Shawn Amos
Opening act: Mr. Nobody & The Extras

May 31, 2018
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics
Opening act: Shake it Like a Caveman

June 7, 2018
Steel Wheels
Special Guest Sinners & Saints

June 14, 2018
Cris Jacobs
Special Guest Trongone Band

June 21, 2018
Heather Gillis Band
Opening act: Sparks & Lazers

June 28, 2018
Acoustic Syndicate
Opening act: Songs from the Road

 July 5, 2018
Super Doppler
Opening act: Okey Dokey

July 12, 2018
Eilen Jewell
Opening act: Cicada Rhythm

July 19, 2018
Sweet Crude
Opening act: TBD


Friday, May 11, 2018



Provide input on projects that are recommended for funding at public meetings, online, email and mail

RICHMOND, Va. – The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will be hosting meetings across the commonwealth and is inviting the public to share feedback on transportation projects that have been recommended for funding. Members of the community may participate by attending public meetings or submitting comments online, by email or mail.

Public comments will be considered by the CTB as it develops the FY 2019-2024 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The SYIP allocates public funds to highway, road, bridge, rail, bicycle, pedestrian, public transportation, and transportation demand management projects. The Draft FY 2019-2024 SYIP identifies projects proposed for inclusion in the final program, which will be approved at the CTB’s June meeting. All federally-eligible projects in the SYIP will be included in the federally-required Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to document how Virginia will obligate its federal funds.

The public meetings will begin at 4 p.m. in each of the locations except as noted below (a formal comment period will be held at each meeting):
Monday, May 14, 2018
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Cir.
Abingdon, VA 24210

Meeting materials will be available at…/springmeetings/default.asp beginning April 16, 2018.
Online sources
Six-Year Improvement Program:
You can also submit your comments by email or mail by May 30, 2018:
• For roads and highways: Six-YearProgram@VDOT.Virginia.govor Infrastructure Investment Director, Virginia Department of Transportation 1401 East Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219.
• For transit and rail: DRPTPR@drpt.virginia.govor Public Information Office, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation 600 East Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond VA, 23219.
For additional information about the CTB, visit


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Town Council Meeting Agenda for 5-7-18


Abingdon, VA – For the 6th summer in a row, Abingdon hosts free outdoor concerts at the Abingdon Market Pavilion.  The popular Thursday Jams series brings a wide range of nationally recognized artists to Abingdon, each Thursday night for 10 weeks. The series kicks off Thursday May 17th with the soulful modern country sound of Sam Lewis, and continues through July 19th.

Presented by Blue Ridge Beverages and the Abingdon Music Experience, the concerts are free and open to the public; a beer garden will be provided by Abingdon Main Street, and local food vendors will be on hand each week.

Highlights this year include the joyful blues of Reverend Shawn Amos, the beloved bluegrass band Acoustic Syndicate, and Sweet Crude, a South Louisiana indie-pop band that sings in in an enchanting mix of English and French. For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit

The series, which draws thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Abingdon each year, is sponsored in part by Eastman Credit Union, Universal Fibers, First Community Bank, Bank of Marion, Food City, and Johnston Memorial Hospital, with media and hospitality sponsorship from WNCW 88.7, The Loafer, and JJ’s Restaurant.

Music will begin 7:00 pm each Thursday at the Abingdon Market Pavilion, with a beer garden benefitting Abingdon Main Street opening at 6:30 pm. A variety of food truck and local vendors will be on hand offering concessions.  The events are family-friendly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and or blankets to enjoy the shows. No outside alcohol is allowed. In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted to social media, and Wolf Hills Brewery will serve as the alternate venue, located at 350 Park Street SE in Abingdon.

The series will host a variety of musical genres including Americana, southern rock, bluegrass, indie folk, soul and roots.  Bands performing during Thursday Jams have also appeared at internationally-recognized festivals like Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion, SXSW, Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Floyd Fest, and Bonnaroo as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk and Music City Roots. Local talent will open each Thursday for the headliners, who will start their sets at 8pm.
For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit For more information, call 276-676-2282 or email

Thursday Jams 2018 Lineup
Sam Lewis
May 17, 2018

For Fans of: Parker Millsap, Anderson East, Townes van Zandt

Like many before him, Sam Lewis came to Nashville to make music. But unlike the majority, Lewis managed to hop on one of the most successful tours that country music has seen as of late. He's collaborated with everyone from John Prine and Kacey Musgraves to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him "a modern Townes Van Zandt". And while he's often labeled with some form of the word 'soulful' (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis' style meets at a juncture of many different genres. There's something about Sam Lewis that is indescribably different -- and with his newest project, he's discovered what most musicians spend lifetimes working for -- the place where feel-good music meets vital social commentary. 

Reverend Shawn Amos
May 24, 2018

For fans of: Keb Mo, Gary Clark, Jr., Jonny Lang “modern blues with a nod to the past”

From West Coast clubs, to Deep South joints, to European festivals, to YouTube, to the podcast universe, the Reverend Shawn Amos’ message of joyful blues is reaching an ever-increasing flock. The Rev’s distinctive blend of black roots music, R & B, and stripped down rock n’ roll brings a bracing, soul-deep musical experience to audiences starved for authenticity, for connection. “I derive a lot of satisfaction bringing people joy,” he says.

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics
May 31, 2018

For Fans of: Amy Winehouse, The Broadcast, Charles Bradley
Deep,raw funk…stax-style Southern soul…positively uplifting & ORIGINAL…Motown-channeling anthems. Atlanta’s Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics are the heirs to the thrones of the old-school masters. But they’re much more than just a group of revivalists trying to create a period piece. Powerhouse singer Velle and her band will settle for nothing less than bringing these classic sounds glimmering into the now with a fresh, new contemporary sheen.

Steel Wheels with Special Guest Sinners & Saints
June 7, 2018

For Fans of: Mandolin Orange, Mipso, Black Lillies
Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters.
Special Guest: Sinners & Saints.  Perry Fowler and Mark Baran infuse their acoustic, country-tinged tunes with compelling harmonies and foot-powered percussion on repurposed drums from an abandoned kit.

Cris Jacobs with Special Guest Trongone Band
June 14, 2018

For fans of: Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Ray LaMontagne

“Outlaw swagger meets blue-eyed soul, with evocative, heartfelt songwriting thrown in for good measure” ~Rolling Stone

Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. Artists across the board have discovered Jacobs’ musicianship and supple versatility, resulting in an impressive variety of formats in which he has played over the last few years.

Special Guest: Trongone Band. Rapidly gaining momentum with a sound that falls perfectly between Southern Rock ’n Soul and Americana Jam, The Trongone band is turning heads and making an impact on the east coast.

Heather Gillis Band
June 21, 2018

For fans of: Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers, Samantha Fish

Heather Gillis is the TOTAL package as a guitar player, lap steel player, singer, songwriter, and arranger. You may not know her yet BUT listen up, as you are going to hear a lot about this young lady in the next few years! Heather is an amazingly versatile player and performer. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, blues, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. At 22 years old, Heather has not only formed a strong southeastern following but has played alongside and befriended the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Col Bruce Hampton, North Mississippi All-Stars and Damon Fowler just to name a few.

Acoustic Syndicate
June 28, 2018

For fans of: Keller Williams, Mountain Heart, Town Mountain

Acoustic Syndicate is a musical institution. Since 1994, their unique blend of bluegrass instruments, rock sensibilities, and conscious songwriting has inspired a generation of musicians. Through seven albums, thousands of performances, and tens-of-thousands of miles, Acoustic Syndicate has long been heralded as one of the important influences on the modern roots-music revival.

Super Doppler
July 5, 2018

For fans of: Charles Bradley, Antibalas, The Beatles

Produced by fellow Virginia wunderkind Matthew E. White, Super Doppler’s new album ‘Moonlight Anthems’ is a raucous blend of soul, roots, and rock that tips its cap equally to Levon and Lennon. The album is the debut under the band’s new name “Super Doppler”, and it finds them building off the wave of critical success garnered by their eponymous ‘Major and the Monbacks’ 2015 debut. Pop Matters hailed that album’s “propulsive soul energy,” while The Huffington Post described its sound as “Chicago meets the Grateful Dead meets The Band,” and RVA Magazine raved that it had “not only revived, but given a psychedelic face-lift to the soundtrack of the dancehalls of the ’50s and ’60s.” The record offered but a taste of Super Dopplers’ ecstatic live show, which began to draw sell-out crowds across the region and earned the band a slew of high profile festival slots everywhere from Firefly to Floyd Fest in addition to support dates with Charles Bradley, Os Mutantes, Antibalas, and more.

Eilen Jewell
July 12, 2018

For fans of: Tift Merritt, Gillian Welch, The Be Good Tanyas

Eilen Jewell laughs when told her label’s president called her a musicologist. But she confirms she and her husband and bandmate, drummer Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music. For her new album, Down Hearted Blues, released in 2017 on Signature Sounds, she and Beek unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery. Known for what describes as a “country-flavored and blues-infused version of contemporary folk (which also can include healthy doses of rockabilly and surf),” Jewell’s discography includes several albums of original material and one of Loretta Lynn covers.
Sweet Crude
July 19, 2018

For fans of: Tank & the Bangas, The Revivalists, Rebirth Brass Band

“Sweet Crude is an extremely exciting new group with haunting and mesmerizing
vocals sung in Louisiana French and English.”
– PopMatters

Over the past few years, Sweet Crude has managed to take the music and language of Louisiana and produce a completely fresh music that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. The six-piece band consistently delivers exciting shows featuring enough drums for a small marching band, exuberantly bellowed harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French in a single verse. Boasting surnames like Marceaux and Chachere, Sweet Crude seeks to reconnect with their lineage in a way that draws on their own modern influences, while nodding to the music and language of their ancestors.


Monday, April 30, 2018

7th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival Announced

7th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival Announced

Abingdon, VA – Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 7th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. Fifteen bands and traditional music programs (ca. 200 youth musicians) will perform throughout the day.

The festival will highlight regional traditional music programs including the Accidental String Band, Blue Devil String Band from Grayson County High School, Floyd JAMS, Henderson JAM, Miss Ellie String Band, Montgomery County JAMS, Scott County JAMS, VHCC Old Time String Band, Washington County JAMS, WiseJAMS–Big Stone Gap, and WiseJAMS–Wise. Additional performers include the Mitchell Family and the Yates Family. Readers from The Origin Project will also be featured.

The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by the Town of Abingdon, Heartwood, Jerry’s Signs and Awnings, National Endowment for the Arts, Ratcliffe Foundation, Tazewell Music Club, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Wayne C. Henderson Scholarship Program.

Heartwood - Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free.  

For more information call (276) 492-2409 or email:

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Attachments: 7th Annual Youth Music Festival poster and The Yates Family photo, photo credit-Leah Prater

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Exit 19 Smoke Testing

Town of Abingdon Waste Water Collections Department will be smoke testing the sewer system in the East Main Street Exit 19 area, Lee highway area, and the Johnson memorial hospital area. Also Jeb Stuart Highway to Watauga road. Weather permitting on May 1 thru May 11- 2018.
While these tests are being conducted, you may see smoke coming from sewer lines in these areas. This smoke is harmless, but if it presents a problem for you, please notify the crew working in the area or call the number listed below.
Your cooperation is appreciated.

The smoke used for smoke testing is non-toxic and non-staining, but may be irritating to persons and animals. Anyone having asthma or other respiratory ailment should inform the Town of Abingdon immediately at the number listed below.

Town of Abingdon, VA.
Telephone (276) 628-4114
                  (276) 628-3167

Work Session Meeting Agenda 5-3-18

Monday, April 23, 2018

Street Closure: Virginia Creeper Trail Fest 4-28-18

Street Closure Reminder:
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, A Street will be CLOSED from Green Spring Road to Spring Street, from 10 AM to 6 PM for the Virginia Creeper Fest. Also, there will be NO PARKING at the Virginia Creeper Trailhead for the event.
All traffic to and from the Kings Mountain area, Elderspirit, and the VirginiaCreeper Trail parking lot off of Kings Mountain Drive will need to use Spring Street/A Street (east end)/Deadmore Street, or Nicholas Street/DeadmoreStreet, from 10 AM to 6 PM.
For more information on the Virginia Creeper Fest, visit

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Town of Abingdon, VA Personnel Changes

Town of Abingdon, VA

For Immediate Release

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Town Manager, Greg Kelly resigned from his position, effective May 7, 2018. The Abingdon Town Council held an Emergency Called Meeting at 12:00PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to appointed several acting positions. At the meeting, the Town Council appointed Police Chief, Tony Sullivan, as the Interim Town Manager, and Deputy Clerk, Kim Kingsley as Acting Town Clerk. Both positions are effective immediately.

The Town Council authorized Mr. Kelly to immediately launch a nationwide search for the Town Manager position. Mayor Cathy Lowe ask Mr. Kelly to work with Chief Sullivan, Chuck Banner, Floyd Bailey, Kim Kingsley, and Stacey Reichler to draft the job description and advertise the Town Manager vacancy as soon as possible.

During the meeting, each Town Council member gave the following reflections about Mr. Kelly’s service to the Town of Abingdon, VA:

Mayor, Cathy Lowe- “I have worked with Mr. Kelly since 2006, when he was appointed to the Town Manager position. Greg was first hired as the Town Attorney and was eager to learn to be the Town Manager. The Town has had our ups and downs but I appreciate everything you have done not only in your leadership for the Council but for your leadership for the town employees. I wish you nothing but the best.”

Vice-Mayor, Rick Humphreys- “Thank you for your service; you have been a dutiful leader to the Town of Abingdon. Thank you for your mentorship to the Council; you are a valued member of the Abingdon team. It is regret that I approve your resignation.”

Council Member, Cindy Patterson-“I wish you all the best in everything that you do. God bless you.”

Council Member, Bob Howard- “Greg, I appreciate the job you did as Town Manager, and I thank you for your friendship through the years. I wish you well in your future endeavors.”

Council Member, Wayne Craig- “Thank for everything that you did for the town and I appreciate your service.”

Interim Town Manager, Tony Sullivan, will turn over day-to-day operations of the police department to Lieutenant Jon Holbrook. Lieutenant Holbrook is a graduated of Virginia Tech, has a graduate certificate from Virginia Tech in local government, and has been with the Abingdon Police Department for 14 years.

Pictured: Mr. Kelly

Pictured: Chief Sullivan

Pictured: Lt. Holbrook

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Important Change Information

Important Change Information:

The sewer department advises that the sewer bills have been changed from yellow paper back to white paper. This is due to the payment processing machine being able to read the bar codes better.

This change is effective April 2, 2018 (or current month billing). Please spread the word about this change. Thank you!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Town Clerk Position Available

Agenda for Town Council Meeting on 4-2-18

EDA Meeting on 4-12-18



Abingdon, V.A.—The Abingdon Farmers Market will kick off their regular season Saturday, April 7th 2018. The market is located on the corner of Remsburg Dr. and Cummings Street in Abingdon, VA.  There will be over 50 vendors from local farms, artisans and prepared food vendors set up to sell their goods and to promote fresh local food throughout the community. This will be the official beginning to the 2018 market season that will continue through Thanksgiving with hours of operation on Saturdays from 8am- 1pm and Tuesdays from 3pm-6pm.

The Abingdon Farmers Market fundraiser raffle ticket sales will begin at 8am April 7th with the drawing on April 21st during the Earth Day event at 12:45pm. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20 and will be available for purchase at the AFM information table as well as at some vendor booths. We will be drawing 3 tickets.

Grand Prize is at least $250 worth of vendor merchandise and gift certificates.
First Prize is at least $150 worth of vendor merchandise and gift certificates.
Second prize is a $50 gift certificate to the Abingdon Farmers Market.

All proceeds will go toward our Farm Fresh Kids Program and on site Chef’s demonstrations. 

The market hours will now be: Saturdays, 8am-1pm & Tuesdays, 3pm-6pm, through November. There are several new events planned for this season, including Chef’s demos, an Herb Festival, Berry Festival, Tomato Festival, Squashtober Fest along with other events to celebrate the bounty of locally produced foods & goods. We expect a full season, over 50 full-time vendors, offering a wide variety of local meats, eggs, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, wines, prepared foods and art & crafts. Now you can find even more of your everyday needs at the Abingdon Farmers Market.

Please contact David McLeish at (276)-698-1434 or email with any questions. You can also visit the market website at or follow us on Facebook:  Abingdon Farmers Market, Instagram: abingdonmarket. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

"Abingdon In Bloom" Merchant Open House on 3-25-18

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“Abingdon In Bloom” starts this Sunday with the Merchant Open House from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Check out all the businesses that are participating and the activities happening during the event-

Monday, March 19, 2018

Statewide Tornado Drill On March 20, 2018

Statewide Tornado Drill On March 20, 2018
The Town of Abingdon will be participating in the statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM. The Town's AlertAbingdon Notification system will be activated to simulate an actual Tornado Warning Notification. This will include the Town's warning sirens, as they will sound as part of this drill. DO NOT CALL 911 in regards to warning siren inquiries! In the event that an emergency occurs during the time of the drill, the proper precautions will go into effect.
To receive the notifications from AlertAbingdon for the drill and future events, please go to or text 24210 to 888777 to sign up for alerts. To further participate in the drill itself, please sign up at

Non-department Budget Meeting Agenda for 3-20-18:

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Award-Winning Virginia Creeper Fest returns Saturday April 28 in Abingdon

March 16, 2018

Contact:  Amanda Leslie Livingston
              Marketing Manager
              Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau
             335 Cummings Street, Abingdon VA 24210
             (276) 676-2282
The Award-Winning Virginia Creeper Fest returns Saturday April 28 in Abingdon

Abingdon, VA – The Virginia Creeper Fest is a free, family-friendly event celebrating all things outdoors, and now, in its second year, it can add “award-winning” to that list of adjectives.  At the recent American Advertising Federation Awards, SWVA Chapter, Virginia Creeper Fest took home a Gold Award for the Virginia Creeper Fest advertising campaign, as well as the People’s Choice and overall Best in Show.  The festival returns Saturday April 28th to downtown Abingdon.

Virginia Creeper Fest celebrates the creation of the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, and highlights the multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities along the trail.  The festival includes hands-on activities and demos for all ages, live music, food trucks, and information about how to get outside and enjoy the Creeper Trail.

Virginia Creeper Fest received the Gold designation at the 2018 AAF SWVA American Advertising Awards Gala, held February 24, 2018 at K-VA-T Corporate Support Center in Abingdon.  The advertising campaign, including posters, ads, merchandise and website, were also awarded the People’s Choice Award and Best in Show. The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. 

Virginia Creeper Fest returns for a second year Saturday April 28, from 10:30am to 5:00pm. With activities like a climbing wall, hammock hangouts, disc dog exhibitions, and field games for the kids, tree identification along the trail and scavenger hunts, there will be plenty to keep the hard-core outdoor enthusiasts and novice nature lovers busy all day.  There will be also be live music, food trucks and local outfitters throughout the day, as well as raffle giveaways.

The festival takes place in Abingdon, at the intersection of Green Spring Road and A Streets, near the trailhead.  Additional activities, like nature walks and bike rides, will take place on the trail itself. A full schedule and festival guide will be available on beginning April 1st.

One of the earliest rails-to-trails success stories, the Creeper Trail is now a major economic engine for Southwest Virginia, drawing over 200 thousand visitors annually.