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What is the Uncle Billy’s Day Festival?

Uncle Billy’s Day started in 1949 as a one-day event to commemorate the founding of the Trade Lot where local residents brought their vegetables and livestock to sell.  Uncle Billy Lane, member of the Lane family, founders of the town of Altavista, was steadfast in bringing his goods in a wagon to sell at the Trade Lot and it was named after him for his dedication. Mr. Lane also served as master auctioneer and provided entertainment.  The Trade Lot continues to operate the first Saturday of each month as a giant flea market. The first weekend in June was established to celebrate the Trade Lot and over the years it has grown into a two-day festival including the Trade Lot and also:

Craft Show

Food Vendors

Flea Market

Live Music Performances

Car Show

Children’s Activities

Amazing Fire Works on Saturday

In 2020, we will celebrate our 71st year of the Uncle Billy’s Festival which will be sponsored by the Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Altavista.  We are expecting this year’s celebration to be outstanding…come and enjoy it with us!

The Trade Lot (flea market) will be located in the War Memorial Park on 7th Street and the rest of the festival will be held in English Park located along the Staunton River.  Both parks are located in downtown Altavista.  Please see schedule of events page for details. 

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