Chamber steps away from role as co-host of Daylily Festival

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce said Monday that it will no long serve as manager and co-host of the successful Daylily and Wine Festival held annually in Fishersville.

The Chamber had said recently that it would explore other possible locations for the festival. The Andre Viette Farm and Nursery has hosted the event for its first 15 years.

In a news release, the Chamber announced plans to explore a “different type of event” to take place Sept. 21-23, 2012, at the Frontier Culture Museum. The event would take place on the weekend that had been reserved for the Fortune/Williams Music Festival, which ended its nine-year run at the museum last weekend.

The new festival will feature locally produced beverages and is envisioned to include musical activities both Friday and Saturday evenings.

“The Chamber has been pleased with the success of the Daylily event over the years, and expresses their deep and sincere appreciation to the Viette family for their past association with the Chamber.  The Board of Directors and Chamber Staff wish the Viette family continued success with the July festival next year.  Chamber officials believe the community will be well served by having two unique events, and the Chamber would support and encourage our membership and the community at large to continue patronage of the Daylily Festival event,” according to the release.

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