Small children shriek at the excitement of experiencing toddler rides at ViVa! Vienna!.
Teenagers scream as they cling to their seats on the scary rides.
Adults scrutinize the intricate crafts on sale at vendor booths along an historic street.
People of all ages enjoy the food court, a veritable United Nations of tastes.
Parents appreciate the fact that there is no cost to attend ViVa! Vienna!
Music fans soak up the sounds of a wide variety of free music to suit everyone’s taste.
These statements, you are probably thinking, describe events at different festivals, different locations, and different parks where you would have to pay big bucks just to get in. For all these statements describe one event: ViVa! Vienna!, a three-day festival of food, crafts, music, carnival rides and community spirit, held annually along historic Church Street in Vienna, from Lawyers Road to Mill St., with the old Vienna Train Station and Caboose serving as the anchor. Now in its 27th year, ViVa! Vienna! will return on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31, 2010. Carnival rides, along with the carnival food traditions of popcorn, kettle corn, and funnel cakes, will round out the fare.
On Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend, Church Street will be closed to traffic from Lawyers Road to Mill Street to allow booths for artisans, retail vendors, political parties and candidates, professional groups, and community organizations.
Local vendors will offer a variety of foods, including pizza, barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers, Italian sausage, as well as food traditions from countries around the world.
“ViVa! Vienna! is produced and sponsored by the Vienna Rotary Club in concert with title co-sponsors, the Town of Vienna and Navy Federal Credit Union. The purpose of ViVa! Vienna! is to celebrate community, to have fun and to raise funds for worthy causes,” said Jim Marshall, president of the Rotary Club of Vienna.
“ViVa! Vienna! is one of the signature events of our community,” said Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman, who is also a member of Vienna Rotary. “Along with our July 4 celebration and our Halloween Parade, it is something that we look forward to every year. I am proud that the Town of Vienna is a lead sponsor in this important community event.”
Vienna Rotarian George Eichert, a senior vice president at Navy Federal Credit Union, offered similar thoughts. “While we serve our members worldwide, Vienna is the home of our headquarters,” he noted. “As the largest employer in Vienna, we are proud to be...