Ladysmith Day will be a fun, family-friendly event this Saturday
By Jesse Scott
A small group of volunteers is putting on one big-time event in Caroline County.
In an effort to showcase the Ladysmith community to the broader region, and promote local businesses, a group of proud, dedicated volunteers have assembled a day of food, music and fun known as Ladysmith Day.
The third annual event kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. along Library Boulevard in Ladysmith Village. The event is free to the public, and free parking will be available onsite.
“What really makes our event unique is that we’re not associated with a tourism board, or a church, or a town, or an entity,” said Eric Deibel, committee chairman of Ladysmith Day. “We’re simply a group of people that got together to start a unifying event for our entire community.”
Over the last three years, Deibel has seen Ladysmith Day grow exponentially, both in attendance and logistically. This year’s festival features a bit of a different layout than in times past.
“Now we have everything in one location,” said Deibel, “and it has taken on the feel of a lively street festival.”
Ladysmith Day will center on downtown Ladysmith’s expansive main street, Library Boulevard. On one end of the boulevard there will be an open amphitheater with live music, a beer garden and face painting for kids.
On the other end there will be more live music–including performances by veteran alternative rockers Emmet Swimming and local jazz outfit CB Blues–a wine festival, art exhibit and “visual tour” of Ladysmith, showcasing the town’s history and attractions.
And in between the two ends there will be a petting zoo, moon bounce, magician and pony rides for the kids, and nearly 60 local vendors showcasing their unique offerings.
Needless to say, Ladysmith Day was planned with the whole family in mind.
“It’s a great, free event for the entire family,” said Deibel. “You get a wide variety of entertainment at no cost. Seven bands for free. There’s no cost for the pony rides or face painting. It’s a great day to get out with your kids.
“It’s a great day to get a feel of what Ladysmith is all about.”
What: Ladysmith Day
Where: Library Boulevard, Ladysmith
When: Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.