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Centreville Day Plans Are Now Underway

Event seeking sponsors, vendors, crafters, nonprofits.

— Centreville Day isn’t until fall, but event organizer Cheryl Repetti is putting out the call for participants now. Sponsorships, vendor, crafter and nonprofit spaces are available at early-bird pricing through July 31.

The one-day, outdoor festival is held in Centreville Park in the Centreville Historic District and includes a variety of fun, activities and entertainment for all ages. This year’s 21st annual event is Oct. 19, and the planning is already beginning.

“It’s a chance for people to showcase their businesses, churches, crafts or causes in a friendly atmosphere while supporting their community,” said Repetti. “Many sponsors, businesses, churches and organizations return each year because they’ve found new customers or new members through Centreville Day.”

Applications and additional information are available at www.CentrevilleVA.org. Or interested businesses and organizations may contact the Vendor Subcommittee chairman, Dr. Marla Gebaide of the Centreville Chiropratic Center, at vendors@centrevilleva.org.

The Trick or Treat Trail, Alpha Delta Kappa’s Reading, Writing, and Recess Place, G & C Auto’s free children’s rides, hands-on history at Mount Gilead and live entertainment onstage will all return for 2013. Local restaurants also offer several food and beverage choices.

New this year, the parade will start at noon, will follow a shorter route and will finish with a Halloween costume contest at Mount Gilead. Prizes will be awarded for the most historical, most humorous and best pet costumes.

Members of the Centreville Day Planning Committee are also seeking nominations for Centreville Day Citizen of the Year. “We’re looking for someone who’s always volunteering, is the person who can be relied upon to pitch in, or is someone who’s stepped forward to create something special in the community,” said Repetti.

The honor recognizes people who’ve made significant contributions to the greater Centreville community — including areas with Chantilly and Clifton ZIP codes. It celebrates contributions in the areas of innovation, motivation, community building, ethical integrity and strategic leadership among community volunteers, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Up to three people or groups may be selected as awardees — Cititizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year.

Any individual, partnership, group, business, or nonprofit meeting these criteria is eligible for the award. The recipient or a representative must be present on the morning of Oct. 19 to receive it. Nomination forms may be downloaded at www.CentrevilleVA.org.

Centreville Day is planned by the Centreville Day Planning Committee. Said Repetti: “It’s a group of community volunteers who give their time, energy and talent to create a great, community celebration and a greater spirit of community.”

The committee meets the first Monday of the month, at 7:30 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The next meeting is July 1.