By Lynn R. Mitchell
Downtown Blacksburg celebrated the 35th Annual Steppin’ Out Summer Festival this weekend as thousands packed the streets to check out hundreds of vendor and food tents while listening to toe-tapping live entertainment coming from several outdoors stages. Streets were blocked off Friday morning for the two-day event, and the crowds that were small during the day swelled in late afternoon and into the night. Overcast skies kept August temperatures in the comfortable low 70s.
The event is sponsored by the Downtown Blacksburg association that provided free admission, free parking, and free bus shuttle.
The Draper Mile, a one-mile road race on Friday evening, began and ended on Draper Road in the middle of the festivities.
Imagine my surprise to run into Sheldon Cooper on the streets of Blacksburg. Bazinga!
When darkness fell, there was a special almost magical feel as lights illuminated the night and the crowds swelled.
This year’s t-shirts were designed by designer Maya Renfro who has family ties to Blacksburg.
SWAC Husband stopped by the VFW booth to thank these gentlemen for their service to our country.
Here was the finish line for the Draper Mile road race. There were multiple categories so we waited to watch our son-in-law finish his run.
This was one of the many reminders that we were in Virginia Tech territory.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
August 8, 2015