October 1993: More than 5,000 people attend the 12th annual Remington Fall Festival on Main Street.
25 Years Ago From The Fauquier Citizen edition of October 15, 1993
5,000 attend Remington Fall Festival
In the heart of downtown Remington, attorney Robert Niles had things under control at 7:45 a.m. Saturday.
Niles monitored the flow of crafters and other exhibitors onto Main Street for the 12th annual Remington Fall Festival. Dressed in a camouflaged jacket and old khakis, the unshaven lawyer easily controlled Remington’s biggest traffic jam of the year.
He and fellow Remington Lions Club Member J. Arnold Helm, a real estate broker, played major roles in keeping the October tradition strong. Helm smiled and offered greetings as he leaned on the Town Hall railing as he watched the festival come together.
By 9 a.m., the crowd of more than 5,000 began streaming into town for food, country music and the offerings of vendors lining the street.
Veterans memorial dedication planned
There will be plenty of pomp and circumstance on Warrenton’s Hospital Hill on Veterans Day. Local veterans organizations, citizens and a host of dignitaries will gather to dedicate a monument to those from Fauquier County who lost their lives in military service.
The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Speakers will include U.S. Sens. John Warner and Chuck Robb and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown, a Fauquier resident. The Marine Corps Color Guard and Echo Taps Unit from Quantico and the Fauquier High School Marching Band will perform.
The stone and granite monument is within two weeks of completion, according to Warrenton attorney Dudley Payne, who has led fund-raising efforts and helped organize the dedication.
A sculpture depicting a line of marching soldiers will arrive within three weeks, Payne said. The sculpture is the work of Frederick Hart, who also designed the statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Hart also will speak at the dedication.
Payne said organizers have raised $132,000 for the memorial, with $10,000 more needed to meet their goal.
Supervisors question school budget figures
Three months into fiscal 1993, the school board still doesn’t know exactly how much money it has to fund its $48.9-million budget.
School Finance Director Bryan Tippie last week told the school board and county supervisors that a $796,000 surplus will be left from the 1992-93 budget.
The supervisors, however, questioned the figures during a special meeting called to improve communication about the budget. Last March, school officials anticipated a surplus of only $100,000 for the fiscal year that ended June 30, noted supervisors Chairman Georgia Herbert (Scott District).
Until an audit confirms Tippie’s latest estimate, the school system essentially has a budget deficit Supervisors Dave Mangum (Lee) suggested.
The school budget, which took effect July 1, includes a “carryover” or surplus of $800,000 from last year. Mangum questioned whether that money really exists.
Warrenton curbside recycling popular
Recycling has become a way of life in Warrenton.
Almost nine of 10 households use the town’s curbside recycling program, completing its first year of operation next week.
The program has helped Warrenton 39.6 percent of its waste stream.
“I have gone out and actually counted the residences that are not participating,” said Judy Almquist, the owner of A.C. Trash, the town’s contractor. “There’s probably not more than 25 single-family homes that are not participating.”
“First Night” plans launched
More than 30 volunteers have begun organizing and fund-raising for the inaugural “First Night” New Year’s Eve celebration in Warrenton.
Sponsored by the Bluemont Concert Series, the Town of Warrenton and Fauquier County, the family-friendly event will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31. The alcohol-free celebration will feature 12 to 15 performing groups, including puppeteers, theatre artists, musicians and storytellers. Performances will take place at six or eight sites, in the lobbies and larger rooms of public buildings in the downtown area.
The budget is $13,000.
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