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Valley Fourth 2013: In Review


Valley Fourth, Harrisonburg’s Annual Independence Day Celebration, kept the patriotic spirit alive in downtown Harrisonburg with a full day of activities for the whole family, including new additions and old favorites.

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Armed Forces, Police, and Fire Department representatives from the Shenandoah Valley honor our country at Valley Fourth 2013 and lead the “Get Outdoors” Parade.
Photo by Allen Litten

Valley Fourth 2013_Photo by Brad Chewning (10)

The crowd enjoys musical guest, The Hackensaw Boys, at Valley Fourth 2013.
Photo by Brad Chewning.

The “Get Outdoors” parade continued to draw crowds and creative entries, while maintaining its reputation as one of the most popular features of the day-long festival. The event’s newest feature, the Grillin’ at the Pavilion BBQ cook-off, drew competition from professional and amateur teams strutting their culinary stuff.

Valley Fourth’s “Get Outdoors” parade, which traveled south down Main Street from the Rockingham County Administrative Building to the City Municipal Building, drew entrants from city and county civic organizations, political groups, local businesses, and private citizens.

Entrants were reviewed by a panel of local judges and winners were chosen in six categories:

Best Overall – The Salvation Army


The award-winning entry of the Salvation Army at the 2013 Valley Fourth Parade.
Photo by Brad Chewning.

Most Patriotic – Peak View Hippity Hoppers

Most Creative – Shenandoah Valley Filipino-American Community


The Shenandoah Valley Filipino-American Community and their award-winning entry.
Photo by Allen Litten.

Best in Show – Antique Vehicle – Dayton American Legion, Post 27 & Auxiliary


The Dayton American Legion Post 27 & Auxiliary, winners of the Best in Show – Antique Vehicle award, at the 2013 Valley Fourth Parade.
Photo by Allen Litten.

Non-Profit Spirit Award – The Northend Greenway


The Northend Greenway won the Non-Profit Spirit award at the 2013 Valley Fourth Parade.
Photo by Brad Chewning.

Great Outdoors Award – Appalachian Trail Hikers

Honorable Mention – Harrisonburg International Festival


Great Outdoors – Honorable Mention award winners, the Harrisonburg International Festival, march along Main Street during the 2013 Valley Fourth Parade.
Photo by Allen Litten.

Grillin’ at the Pavilion was Valley Fourth’s newest addition and an official Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association event. It featured 8 teams who prepared their best chicken wings, steak, and pork ribs to compete for bragging rights, more than $2,000 in cash and prizes, a People’s Choice Award, and the title of “Valley Fourth’s Champion BBQ’er.”


A Grillin’ at the Pavilion team hard at work preparing their barbecue masterpiece.
Photo by Brad Chewning.

 The winning teams were:

Grand Champion: Big Mook’s BBQ

1st Place – Chicken Wings: CMI


Grillin’ at the Pavilion – Team CMI won 1st Place in the Chicken Wings Category.
Photo by Kris Kirk.

1st Place – Ribs Category: Rock’s Money Pit BBQ

1st Place – Steak Category: Union Station Restaurant

People’s Choice Award: True Blue Barbecue


True Blue Barbecue, winners of the People’s Choice Award, during Grillin’ at the Pavilion.
Photo by Allen Litten.

In addition to the “Get Outdoors” parade and Grillin’ at the Pavilion BBQ Cook-off, festival-goers enjoyed the Valley Fourth RUN, Beers ‘N Cheers in the Park, children’s activities, an arts market, numerous food and craft vendors, food tours, and a fireworks finale.

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Patriotic runners push towards the finish line at this year’s Valley Fourth RUN. Photo by Allen Litten.

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Friends and family relax during Beers ‘N Cheers in the Park. Photo by Brad Chewning.

We’re pleased that Valley Fourth had another successful year and brought the community together in downtown Harrisonburg. Many thanks to all who attended and to the cooperation and partnership of the local businesses, organizations, and volunteers that helped HDR make this event possible. We’ll see you next year!

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Valley Fourth 2013 celebrators enjoy the fireworks. Photo by Allen Litten.

Nicole Martorana is the Editor of the Do Downtown blog and the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.


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