Youngkin announces $2.9 million in small business and historic revitalization grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $2.9 million in grants for 45 projects across the Commonwealth.

The funded projects will revitalize historic commercial districts, expand small businesses and grow local economies.

Some local communities are recipients of the grants including Downtown Front Royal which will receive $15,000 towards Organizational Structure.

The City of Winchester will receive $20,000 for nonprofit restructuring.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance was one of the largest beneficiaries receiving $100,000 for their Bricks and Clicks program.

In total, the projects will support nearly 650 business, create or expand another 53 businesses, train 140 entrepreneurs, provide 112 improvement projects, and leverage close to a million dollars in private investment.

To view the Governor’s announcement including additional information on the projects, click here.

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Virginia Wine and Craft Festival returns to Front Royal

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The 35th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival returns to downtown Front Royal today from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Main Street will be closed during the event from Royal Ave to Blue Ridge Ave.

Chester Street will also be closed from Main St to 2nd St.

In addition to the wine and ciders available for tasting and craft vendors, there will also be two stages for live music and a variety of food vendors.

Tasting admission costs $35 but entrance to the festival to enjoy the rest of the activities is free of charge. 

For more information on the festival including wine and cider vendors and performers, click here.

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Front Royal celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day

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The Town of Front Royal is preparing for their Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Committee at the Gazebo.

The event will feature over 40 local environmental and conservation organizations to engage with, an electric vehicle display, plant sales and giveaways, a ceremonial tree planting and activities for kids like a petting zoo.

Visitors will learn more about green infrastructure, explore new ways to engage with the great outdoors, and celebrate our planet.

The House of Hope will also hold their Empty Bowl Supper during the celebration at the Main Street  Pavilion behind the Gazebo.

Many local restaurants supply the soup and a handmade bowl comes with each purchase with bowl painting being held at Explore Art and Clay at 501 E Main Street.

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Christmas in July in the Shenandoah Valley

It’s Christmas in July around the Shenandoah Valley!

The Merchants on Main are hosting the festivities in Front Royal with deals in many of the businesses downtown, live music, and a surprise you will have to be there to see.

There will also be a visit from Santa Clause at the Gazebo starting at 11 am.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation are getting in the holiday spirit as well with a showing of The Grinch at Clearbrook Pool.

The movie will begin at 7 pm and only credit cards will be taken at the gate. 

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7th Annual Family Fun Day in Front Royal

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Today is the 7th Annual Family Fun day in Downtown Front Royal as a part of the First Friday’s Weekend.

Fun Flix Friday was postponed yesterday, but today a New Orleans style parade will get things started at 10 am.

They will line up on Luray Avenue and also close portions of Main Street, Royal Avenue, Chester Street, and 3rd Street.

Then stick around for some live music, plenty of activities for the kids, and a crawfish boil.

Many local shops and vendors will also stay open during this event which will wrap up at 6 pm.

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Hometown Halloween takes over Front Royal

Hometown Halloween will take over downtown Front Royal tomorrow evening.

The Town of Front Royal, the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, the Merchants on Main Street, and Front Royal IBA have partnered together for this event.

Things will get started with pumpkin carving at noon.

A costume parade will follow at 4:00 pm then Trick-or-Treating along Main Street at 6:00 pm.

Portions of Main Street and Chester Street will be closed for the festivities so plan accordingly.

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Front Royal holds a fall VA. Wine and Craft Festival

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Front Royal will hold a fall edition of the Virginia Wine and Craft Festival on Sat. Sept. 18 in downtown.

The festival features wines from all over the state with live entertainment, arts and crafts as well.

Advance tickets go on sale tomorrow Sept. 8 for $18 at the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $25 at the gate for this rain or shine event.

The Virginia Beer Museum will have special performances from Aftershock and Ryan Jewel that day as well.

More information is available from the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce call (540) 635-3185.

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A talk with Jen Avery about the Empty Bowl Event

Front Royal’s Main Street will be closed to traffic April 24 for the Empty Bowl event which benefits the House of Hope.

We talked with Jen Avery about what to expect on that day in downtown.

The event includes live music and spectacular eats and Jen tells what else will be happening on Sat. Apr. 24.

Here is Jen’s interview.

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