ViVa Vienna Draws Memorial Day Weekend Crowds

The annual ViVa Vienna Festival has been drawing its usual capacity crowds. The three-day festival on the Vienna Town Green features musical entertainment, carnival rides, food and treats and booths promoting products, services and political candidates.

Ironically, the festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club and other organizations, gives short shrift to the Vienna Town Band and other municipally-sponsored groups, instead listing the Dub City Renegades and School of Rock as its headliners.  The town band and Vienna Choral Society nevertheless drew enthusiastic crowds Friday afternoon.

The Vienna Town Band, composed entirely of volunteers, performs at town events year-round despite scant support from the town’s government and little recognition from the sponsors of events where its volunteers perform for free.

The festival, which runs through 6 p.m. Monday, is expected to attract more than 50,000 attendees who will sample the wares of more than 300 vendors.

In the photo to the right, attentive teens eye a Ferrari convertible displayed at the Easterns Automotive Group booth.

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