The town is gearing up for an exciting day on Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., as the Brookneal Chamber of Commerce presents the first-ever Brookneal Fest.

There is no admission charge to the event that features music, food, crafts, vendors, and ABC beverages.

Chamber President Lori Shepherd explains that the chamber is presenting this fundraiser to generate operating funds for the upcoming Christmas parade and next year’s Brookneal Fest. “It promises to be a fun-filled day for people in the area to gather for a good time. I think people have missed the annual Day in the Town since it ended last year,” says Shepherd.

The $25 vendor fee will include free membership in the chamber of commerce if you’re not already a member. There will be artisans and craft vendors with more than 26 registered at press time. “There will also be local at-home sales reps participating,” she adds.

A number of downtown businesses will be open for business to add to the opportunities for shopping.

Main Street will be closed from the upper end of Main Street (at Guthrie’s Hardware) down to Smith Street.

There will be food available for sale. The two Sonny’s Bucks Diner’s Hungry Heifer food trucks will be set up at the former location of the Brookneal theatre next door to Sonny Buck’s Diner and Drug Store Grill will offer specials for the day. The chamber will offer sale of beer by the glass.

San Soucy will sell wine and sangria in front of Century Link. Anyone wishing to buy alcoholic beverages must have a photo ID.

There will be a full day of entertainment:

*Dennis Lewis 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

*Ronnie and Carol Tucker 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

*The Forever Young Band 3 - 5 p.m.

Crossing Point will set up a “Kid’s Zone” on the grass at the Brookneal Community Building.

“The chamber would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for helping us put on this event. It’s not too late to come onboard and be a sponsor. Just contact any chamber member,” she adds.