TAZEWELL, Va. — A tribute to a Main Street icon and the return of the opening night concert highlight this year’s Main Street Festival.

After several years of performances at the high school and the fairgrounds the Friday opening night concert makes its way back to Main Street this year.

The WORX is coming to Tazewell for an epic outdoor concert. The WORX is an award-winning Mid-Atlantic regional band.

Saturday kicks off on Main Street at 10 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony by the VFW, with the Green T’s performing and Zachary Hash leading the invocation. At 4:30 p.m. the Cruise-In & Music on Main series kicks off with an antique car parade and music featuring the Beach Nite Band will start at 6 p.m. For trivia buffs, the Tazewell County Public Library will be sponsoring Virginia Trivia beginning at 11 a.m. at Altizer Stage.

Captain Jake and First Mate Zoe will be leading the children on a pirate treasure hunt during Main Street Moments at 11a.m., starting at The Well Coffee Shop. The event offers free eye patches and pirate bandanas for the first 30 shipmates to arrive.

A watermelon eating contest will begin at 1:30 p.m., and a hot dog eating contest, sponsored by Grants Supermarket, starts at 2 p.m. in the parking lot next to the stage area.

Hop on the trolley and visit the newly restored Tazewell Train Station, where guided tours will be conducted at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Louise Leslie, longtime “My Main Street” columnist for the Clinch Valley News is also being honored by the Tazewell County Historical Society on Saturday.

The Clinch Valley News was owned by the Leslie family from 1896 until 1980 and she worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1980 as editor. Her column “All Quiet on Main Street” continued as a staple of the paper’s editorial page for another eight years. The Tazewell Train Station displays a mural depicting the life and accomplishments of Leslie.

For baking fans, Tazewell Christian Church is sponsoring a bake off competition during Main Street Moments. The first place winner will have the honor of having their recipe as the featured dessert for the month of August at The Front Porch on Main.

A free trolley service will be provided throughout the day from the Magic Mart parking lot with stops by the Tazewell County Historical Society.

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