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Community celebrates 40th Annual Heritage Festival

CEDAR BLUFF, VA (WVVA) A festival that has grown over the past 40 years still resides in its roots: community. Over the past 40 years, the festival has grown from community members serving cornbread and beans, to vendors from across the region selling their homemade items.

“We had pictures to show our children to remind them where they come from,” says Chairwoman Linda Singleton. She says that the festival is good for the community because it offers not only local vendors a place to display their work, but a chance for churches and school clubs to get support from community members.

“Its a good thing for our community and has been for forty years,” says Singleton.

Singleton isn’t the only one making that statement, Mayor Lee Dye says the changes he’s seen since he was a kid, have improved Cedar Bluff tremendously.

“When I was a kid it was small very compact,” says Dye. He says the festival sees about ten to fifteen thousand people come through each year, calling Cedar Bluff the second happiest place on Earth, behind Disney World.

Planning for the 41 Annual Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival will begin soon, and vendors can start applying for their spot in December.

Ashley Smith

Multimedia Journalist

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