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    Stars and Stripes Celebration

    Many of our area businesses have joined in the spirit by decorating their buildings. All-day activities on July 4th in Clifton Forge include a downtown parade at 11am and fireworks at night!

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Upcoming Events

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 – 8:00 am - Saturday, May 18th, 2019 – 12:00 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Join us on Saturday, May 18, for a Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in Clifton Forge, VA, the beautiful Alleghany Highlands. Race begins at the Sharon Community Center in Clifton Forge at 4017 Nicelytown Road, Clifton Forge. Packet pick-up and registration will be 5:30-7pm May 17th at Jack Mason's Tavern and 7:30 am at The Sharon Community Center on May 18. The overall male and female top finisher will each receive a free 1 night stay for 2 at the Omni Homestead Resort (Sun.-Thurs.)! Medals or trophies will be given for top finishers in multiple age groups as well as teams. This is a great event for all levels of participants. #visitCFVA www.visitcliftonforgeva.com... See MoreSee Less

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Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Railway Festival

Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Railway Festival

Saturday, June 1st, 2019 – 10:00 am - Saturday, June 1st, 2019 – 5:00 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

8th ANNUAL Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Railway Festival Clifton Forge, VA 24422 Saturday, June 1, 2019 10:00AM to 5:00PM Festival Entry — Free Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Railway Festival is a celebration of the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands, our Railway History, and Virginia's role in the formation of our country ....1619 to today. Continuous entertainment in story and song, food from around the globe and our own backyard, quilt exhibits and demonstrations, vendors and displays that entertain, educate and enchant. The Festival takes place in downtown Clifton Forge, at the beautifully restored Historic Masonic Theatre, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, the Masonic Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge Public Library, and Clifton Forge School of the Arts. Travel down the road a block and find more music, food, demonstrations, vendors and displays at the C&O Heritage Center. 1619 was a pivotal year in the establishment of the first permanent English colony in North America. It was the year of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, and the recruitment of English women in significant numbers. Celebrate a day of Virginia milestones with history, food, music and fun...the eighth annual Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & Railway Festival! #VaMountains #uniquelyalleghany #heritageday #visitCFVA #festivalCFVA www.visitcliftonforgeva.com... See MoreSee Less

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Flag Day Celebration at the Masonic Amphitheatre

Flag Day Celebration at the Masonic Amphitheatre

Friday, June 14th, 2019 – 5:30 pm - Friday, June 14th, 2019 – 6:30 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
510 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

The Flag Day Celebration @ the Masonic Amphitheatre begins at 5:30pm. The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 243rd Nation’s Birthday events. We will kick off our patriotic celebration with a Flag Day Ceremony, June 14th, at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Amphitheatre. Included in the ceremony will be flag presentations by Boy Scout Troop #2, Girl Scout Troup # 699, and Clifton Forge VFW posts #4299 and #1033. In addition there will be patriotic music and a benefit picnic supper with birthday cake. Everyone is invited to this very special occasion. We urge you to bring children to this event. It's a great opportunity for them to be reminded of the importance of our nation's flag. This events kicks off The Town of Clifton Forge's Stars and Strips Celebration culminating on July 4th. Flag Day Etiquette https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_G-Wwqfzd4 #visitCFVA www.visitcliftonforgeva.com... See MoreSee Less

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Fourth of July Celebration Alleghany VA 2019

Fourth of July Celebration Alleghany VA 2019

Thursday, July 4th, 2019 – 11:00 am - Thursday, July 4th, 2019 – 9:00 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

On July 4th, we will begin the day-long celebration with a Down Town parade at 11 am. We urge you to come out and enjoy the parade or even be in it. As this is a small town celebration in the best sense of the word, we are hoping that many of our young people will hop on the bikes, carry a flag or wear something red, white and blue and march or ride in the parade. At the conclusion of the parade everyone is invited to gather at the Town Hall steps for a special ceremony honoring our Veterans.Following a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence at the Town Hall steps we encourage you to follow our bagpipers on a short walk to the Masonic Amphitheatre for a picnic lunch and children can enjoy getting their face painted. At 6 PM, the grounds of the C & O Heritage Center open to the public, free of charge, for an evening of informal fun, food and entertainment. This outstanding presentation will include a Retreat of the Colors. An awesome fireworks display will take place at dusk to close out the day-long celebration. #visitCFVA www.visitcliftonforgeva.com... See MoreSee Less

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CFVA Merchant Trick or Treat

CFVA Merchant Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 – 1:00 pm - Thursday, October 31st, 2019 – 5:00 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Visit Downtown Clifton Forge from 1PM to 5PM. Trick or Treat with down town merchants while also enjoying murals hand painted by Clifton Middle School artists,store front decorations, fun costumes, CANDY and more... #visitCFVA www.visitcliftonforgeva.com

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Town of Clifton Forge Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Town of Clifton Forge Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 15th, 2019 – 6:00 pm - Friday, November 15th, 2019 – 6:30 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

On November 15 at 6PM we will begin our community celebrations in Clifton Forge with an official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. This ceremony will take place at Town Hall and feature childrens cloggers from the Alleghany Highlands. Everyone will be invited to sing along to some popular Christmas carols as well. In addition to music, warm cider and cookies will be served during the ceremony. #visitCFVA www.visitcliftonforgeva.com... See MoreSee Less

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Town of Clifton Forge VA Christmas Parade

Town of Clifton Forge VA Christmas Parade

Friday, December 6th, 2019 – 6:00 pm - Friday, December 6th, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Clifton Forge Main Street
501 E Ridgeway St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

On Friday evening December 6th at 6:00 PM Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. invites you to be a participant or a spectator in our 2019 Christmas Parade. This year we have chosen , 'Winter Wonderland' for our theme. As in past years, the parade will begin at the intersection of Ridgeway and Roxbury Streets and continue down Ridgeway Street through the historic district to the Clifton Forge Fire Station on D Street. Nice trophies will be given our for best religious float, best private and public vehicles, best marching unit, best dance entry, best clogging entry, most creative entry, best animal float, best overall float and judges favorite. Call 862.2000 to enter. #visitCFVA www.visitcliftonforgeva.com... See MoreSee Less

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Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to improve the historic downtown of Clifton Forge for economic and cultural reasons. It is affiliated with the Virginia Main Street Program, a division of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  In 1992 a group of local volunteers  came together to create an entity that, with the support of the town, could obtain the technical assistance of Virginia Main Street toward preservation and enhancement of the downtown area. This effort has produced good results and has revealed many needs yet to be met…

Small towns are unique. They’re initially defined by geography, like the mountain ridges that surround Clifton Forge. They are also defined by the industry that helps the town to grow. Since the turn of the century Clifton Forge has been a major player in the development and growth of the C&O and the CSX railroads. Train tracks snake their way through town and connect Clifton Forge to big cities. Many have ridden the rails to faraway places to get an education, find love and fight wars.

For many years the town and the railroad both grew and prospered. Through those good times the people of Clifton Forge built homes, raised families and they built churches – lots of churches. And they were a patriotic bunch – still are. The local community college is home to a detachment of the 116th Infantry of the VA National Guard. Most recently they’ve completed missions in Kosovo and in Iraq, a broad calling for citizen-soldiers.

When the railroad slowed down in the mid-60’s, many workers lost their jobs and the City of Clifton Forge suffered like many small towns that rely on a single industry. The city became a town a few years ago just as the C&O Heritage Center was getting started. Today it’s the history of the C&O that is helping fuel the re-birth of the town. New businesses are springing up, there are major infrastructure renovations underway and it’s getting harder to find parking in the  three block-long downtown area. Those who return to town for reunions, marriages and funerals just can’t get over how good things look. The number of folks retiring to the area or investing in second homes is a good measure of the hope and trust they have in the future of Clifton Forge.

There’s lots more that needs to be done but small towns like Clifton Forge tend to be built on solid cultural foundations: God, family, patriotism and a belief that hard work – and working together – will make a difference.
Chuck Almarez, Fire and Light Gallery, 2012

The Clifton Forge of the future is once again “scenic, busy, friendly!” Come visit historic Clifton Forge!

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