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Radford Highlanders Festival Celebrates 14th Year
as University Celebrates 100th Anniversary

RADFORD – The annual Radford Highlanders Festival continues to be one of the most popular and well-attended fall events in the tri-state area. On Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, downtown Radford and the Radford University campus will come alive with a series of events that promise to create one of the best years in the festival’s 14-year history.

A unique opportunity to celebrate the university’s history coincides with the 2009 festival as RU is headed into its centennial year. 

RU Vice President of Student Affairs Norleen Pomerantz, who serves with Laurie Buchwald as co-chair of the steering committee says, “The Highlanders Festival celebrates the Scots-Irish traditions of the mountains, and this year, the festival is even more exciting because it will also celebrate the 100 years of traditions of Radford University.  The collaboration between the City of Radford and Radford University has allowed the festival to grow, with an increase in the number and types of food and craft vendors, music options and fun things to do on a great weekend in October.  We hope that people from all over will come to Radford – city and university – to enjoy and experience this Celtic celebration.”

The weekend begins with a Scotch tasting on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Ken Farmer Auction House on Harrison Street in Radford. Sponsored by Main Street Radford, the tasting requires reserved tickets. Events resume on Saturday, Oct. 3, at The Riverway with a 5-K race sponsored by the Radford Recreation Department. The Riverway is the City of Radford’s bikeway/walkway system. 

 A pancake breakfast, a collaboration between Main Street Radford and the Rotary Club, begins at 8 a.m. at the downtown Farmer’s Market.  The Highlanders Festival Parade, a festival favorite, will begin at 11 a.m. and will wind its way through downtown and up Tyler Avenue to Moffett Field where visitors can enjoy a day of shopping, mingling with the Scottish clans, viewing the heavyweight games and enjoying music by several bands including the headline musicians Teribus (see photo above.)

Those stopping by the information table to fill out an opinion survey will have their names automatically entered for a chance at winning a historic RU Mailbox Bank handcrafted by volunteers in RU’s Facilities Management division. The banks are designed using glass windows from the former RU post office in Walker Hall. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s events, held in conjunction with RU’s annual Family Weekend, take place on Moffett Quad, Heth and McConnell lawns. Returning are the heavyweight athletic games, a diversity of craft and food vendors, the Scottish Clan gathering, a massed band performance, sheepherding demonstrations, children’s activities and more.  The Appalachian Folk Arts Festival, sponsored by RU’s Appalachian Events Committee, will be near the campus fountain area and showcases some of the region’s traditional crafts. The first annual Welcome Back Reunion is also planned.

Additional information on all events are available on the Festival website, and the site is updated on a regular basis.

Admission to the Saturday festival on Moffett Field is free, however fees apply for the Taste of the Highlands, the 5-K Run and pancake breakfast. Visitors making a $1 donation to the festival will receive a small token of appreciation for their support.

To learn more about the tasting, registration fees and downtown events, contact Becky Haupt, Main Street Radford director, at (540) 731-3656.  For information on events happening on festival day, contact Bonnie Roberts Erickson in RU’s Office of University Relations at (540) 831-5182 or e-mail broberts@radford.edu.

Sept. 4, 2009
Contact: Bonnie Roberts Erickson (broberts@radford.edu; 540-831-5324)

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