9/30: PulaskiFest 2017

PulaskiFest 2017 is being held Saturday, September 30th in Jackson Park in historic downtown Pulaski from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
As in years past, this year promises to be a great day of family fun and FREE, amazing entertainment!

Our featured entertainment this year includes the King BMX Stunt Show along with a return performance from Chuckles the Clown and live music featuring the Traditions and Virginia Wild. You can also enjoy children’s activities, crafts, games, inflatables and delicious food! The festival is held rain or shine. For more information, visit our “Attractions” page!

PulaskiFest’s History

PulaskiFest goes back many, many years.  The old Maple Shade Inn’s tree-lined grounds provided space for musical events and ice cream socials.  African American churches sponsored homecomings and singing.  The Pulaksi Fire Department Band, under the director of Professor Fire played in the park gazebo.  The first grand celebration, however, was in 1939, the county’s centennial.  There was a parade in downtown Pulaski complete with floats, bands, lovely ladies in evening gowns and an outdoor drama held at the recently built “Pulaski Athletic Park,” now known as “Calfee Park.”

June 11, 1994, though, marked the beginning of modern festivals.  “Depot Days” was born in celebration of the renovated Pulaski Railway Station, originally built in 1888, now on the National Historical Register.  The first Depot Day brought the Norfolk &Western historic steam engine, the 611, to town.  Thousands of visitors came to Pulaski that day.  Since that time heritage and transportation festivals and garden festivals have given way to PulaskiFest, a time to celebrate our common life together and invite visitors from all around to come to the Town of Pulaski and enjoy our hospitality.