The festival, in the Safeway parking lot, offered lots of food and craft venders, music, kids’ activities, martial arts demonstrations, a NASCAR simulator, climbing structure, and plenty of booths showcasing local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Falls Church High School marketing students were there selling Jaguar Joe, a special blend of coffee from Beanetics. It wasn’t exactly a cross-section of Annandale, though. I didn’t see any Korean businesses or groups in the parade or festival. In fact, if this event was your first experience with Annandale, you wouldn’t know there is a large Korean presence here.
The annual event is sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, and Gavin Dock, the chamber’s president, says it couldn’t have happened without a huge amount of help from a lot of volunteers. “I’m really impressed by how many people donated a couple of hours here and a couple of hours there,” he says. Dock specifically recognized the “tremendous amount of help” from Burke & Herbert Bank and Carol Zach-Reuss, manager of the Annandale Shopping Center.
The chamber is launching a new “Buy Annandale” campaign to encourage residents to patronize local shops. “We have so many great businesses here in Annandale,” Dock says.
|Hapmudo students show off their skills.|
|Everything Blue performs at the festival.|