Woodsboro Days was revived in 2013 and marked the first time in approximately 25 years that a town-wide celebration had been held. Woodsboro Days was revived as a 5K-run fundraiser for the Woodsboro Historical Society, held on the third Saturday of October each year, which this year fell on October 16, 2021. Over the years, the event quickly expanded into town-wide yard sales, with an annual large yard sale and food sale at the Woodsboro Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 2020, the event had to be canceled due to the pandemic. But this year, it was back and bigger than ever.

On Friday, October 15, the weather looked bleak for Saturday in the afternoon, so the decision was made by Burgess Barnes to postpone the music festival until October 17, which turned out to be a great decision all around. The 5K went off great, with a record number of 46 runners competing, and the Historical Society raised a record-breaking amount of funds to fund the museum’s operations for the next year. The town and churches yard sales had a great turnout and the town was bustling.

Shortly after Heath Barnes was elected as Burgess, he and Commissioner Dana Crum were approached by new resident, Joe Williams, regarding having a music festival in the park. After discussion, it was decided that it would coincide with the Woodsboro Days and would take place in the afternoon of October 16 after the yard sales and 5K were finished.

For the music festival on October 17, there were over 20 vendors and/or organizations set up with tents in the park, along with a beer and wine garden by Links Bridge Winery and Rockwell Brewery, and Calypso N’ Roux as the food truck on-site. The event began with Burgess Barnes, Commissioners Eckenrode and Cutshall, and maintenance men Mike and Steve cutting a ribbon to officially open the stage/bandshell (pictured above). Charity J opened with the national anthem. Due to the success of the weekend event, it has been decided that going forward, Woodsboro Days will not be a one-day event, but rather a two-day annual event, which will continue to take place on the third weekend of October.

The event was a great success for the community. Burgess Barnes said the roof will be completed in the next few weeks and invites the community to be on the lookout for a possible event in the spring. The next Woodsboro Days Festival will be held October 15-16, 2022.

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