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6 Tips for Festival Attire

Excited about the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival but not sure what to wear? Here are a few guidelines that you can follow:
Layer! Wearing a simple lightweight top or dress will keep you cool during the day. Opt for a chambray shirt, jacket or light sweater to tie around your waist during the day and throw on later in the evening.
Keep proportions in mind. Pair some colorful denim cutoff shorts with a simple white shirt, or combine a printed top with plain shorts and ankle boots. The idea is to look effortlessly stylish while staying cool on a hot day.
Wear comfortable shoes. When it comes to festivals, make sure to wear comfortable, flat shoes because you will be on your feet all day long. Look for a cool pair of sandals that show off your personal style, or opt for flat ankle boots!
Leave designer stuff at home if you want to relax and have fun. Do you want to spend your time worrying about somebody accidentally spilling beer on your expensive clothes or shoes?
Keep the head accessories to a minimum. Having too much on your head can be overkill. Keep it simple with either a floppy hat, floral/feathered headpieces, or bandana and don’t forget to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses!
Keep your beauty look natural. Although smeared eyeliner is a punk-rock necessity, spending all day in the sun can allow makeup to slide right off your face.The best type of foundations to use in order to prevent a makeup meltdown is products that contain silicone, which makes an excellent choice to prevent streaking from sweat and heat. Waterproof mascara is a must! Also, don’t forget to wear water-proof sunblock to prevent getting sunburn!
Check out our Pinterest for some of our favorite fashion picks!

A Special Valentine’s Day Announcement!

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. is pleased to announce that this year’s Celebrate Fairfax! Festival is participating in the Virginia is for Lovers campaign by hosting an oversized LOVE artwork at our event! The artwork will be in place at the Fairfax County Government Center June 2-8, 2014 and all hours of our festival taking place June 6-8, 2014. Visitors are encouraged to come and take pictures with friends and family in front of the artwork.

Help us celebrate the LOVE today by posting a picture with any LOVE artwork in your area OR find a fun way to spell out LOVE with friends and family. Share your pictures on Facebook at,, or by using the special hashtags #LOVEVA and #celebratefairfax on Instagram and Twitter!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.

Meet Our Interns!

We’ve got many new things heading your way in the next couple of weeks including a brand new wesbite and our 2014 headliner announcement! In the mean time, we’d like to introduce to you our 2014 Spring Interns:

Erin Flynn: Program Coordinator
I am involved with CFI’s programs and volunteers. So anything put on by CFI I have some part of. Big things I am excited about that CFI is doing this year is “Q R U?” and a safari themed kids craft and train ride.

What are you most looking forward to about the fair?
DOCK DOGS! I have a corgi puppy who will be registered for Dock Dogs and I am very excited about that because my dog is my baby!

What are your favorite pair of kicks?
I love any shoes by Steve Madden! (So does my puppy, she chews them all!)

If your childhood dreams had come true where would you be today?
I would be a figure skater at the Olympics right now. I used to love skating and took many classed but ended up quitting for cheerleading which I now regret. Figure skating is a blast!

Rebecca Hampson: Operations Coordinator
My job entails working with our fair’s contractors and assisting with the operations and logistics of the fair. I’ll also be managing a lot of our social media, so make sure to use #celebratefairfax and you just might get a response!

What are you most looking forward to about the fair?
I’m most looking forward to this years headliners and seeing the final product of all the new ideas we’re putting together right now.

Favorite singer/band: John Mayer because he is a phenominal guitarist and I learned how to play the guitar from listening to his music. I also LOVE Brooke Fraser…. she is incredible.

If you had a free round trip ticket anywhere in the U.S. where would you go and what would you do?
I would go to California to hike and explore Yosemite, Death Valley and all the other National Parks out there!

Crystal Keller: Program Coordinator
I work collaboratively in the planning and production of Celebrate Fairfax events. Primary duties entail program implementation, volunteer recruitment and scheduling, and social media and outreach.

What are you most looking forward to about the fair?
I have never attended the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, so not only am I excited to see the amount of people that will be attending this year, I’m excited for our headliners and having a good time all around!

Favorite Singer/ Band: I have to do with Drake. I think he is an incredible talent (a rapper who can actually sing?), and I also have a soft spot for “Jimmy Brooks.”

One adventure I want to do before I die: I want to tour all of Asia and just have one huge adventure! The architecture, food, technology, and culture in Asian culture has always been interesting to me. There is so much I would like to experience, such as running down the Great Wall of China, living like a Queen in Thailand for a few days, and just being completely overwhelmed by Tokyo, just to name a few. I think my life would be complete.

Nakailhla Oliver: Entertainment Coordinator
I’m responsible for contracting and placing artists on different stages throughout the festival.

What are you most looking forward to about the fair?
 I’m most looking forward to seeing all of the artists perform! It will be great to see all of our hard work come to fruition.

What are your favorite pair of kicks?
My favorite pair of “kicks” are actually my Versace leopard-print calf hair leather pumps. Heels are my guilty pleasure.

What is one adventure you want to do before you die?
I really want to go bungee jumping into an active volcano in Pucón, Chile. Seriously. It’s a real thing.

Carolyn Walczuk: Exhibits Coordinator
My job entails working with vendors and exhibitors alongside our Vice President, Meagan.

What are you most looking forward to about the fair?
I’ve never been to a fair this big before! I’m excited to have 70,000 people coming to this event.

Favorite singer/ band: Jason Aldean… I love country music!

If you had a free round trip ticket anywhere in the U.S. where would you go and what would you do?
I would love to go to California. I have always wanted to see what the west coast is like!

Sarah Webb: Development Coordinator
My job as Development Coordinator consists of assisting the C.E.O. Barry Feil in his daily duties which can be anything from creating sponsorship packages to answering emails and phone calls to sitting in on sponsor and board meetings. The most important part of being successful in the event planning industry is networking and relationships and that is exactly what I get to be a part of every day.

What are you most looking forward to about the fair?
I can’t wait to see all of our hard work come together but I am most looking forward to the fireworks!

Favorite pair of kicks: My leather Sperry’s. I could walk for days in them and look super cute while doing so.

If you had a free round trip ticket to anywhere in the U.S. where would you go and what would you do?
I would fly to Hawaii to visit my cousins who just got stationed there with the Marines. I would want to go exploring all over the islands, lay on the beach and embrace the local culture.

Headliner Announcement

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit producer of the award-winning Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, is disappointed to announce that the B-52s have been forced to cancel their performance for Saturday, June 8th, due to an illness principal band member Cindy Wilson.   Cindy’s illness is not life threatening but her doctor has ordered her to take immediate bed rest.  All of the band’s immediate upcoming performances have been cancelled.

Festival producers are in the process of selecting and securing the services of a replacement headliner for the event.  Organizers will make additional announcements as information becomes available.

The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival will include performances by national headliners the Summerland Tour (featuring Everclear, Live, Filter, and Sponge) and the Spin Doctors, plus more than 100 performances on 8 festival stages.  Additionally the event features wonderful children’s and family programming, the not-to-be-missed Silent Disco, more than 200 exhibits, crafters and programs, the exciting DockDogs competition, the Emerging Artist Showcase, and the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship.

Celebrate Fairfax!, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration, will be held June 7-9, 2013, at the Fairfax County Government Center.  For more information, visit or call 703-324-FAIR (3247).

Salute to the Lords and Lady’s of Fairfax

The tradition of honoring the Lords and Ladies of Fairfax began in 1984 as a way to recognize the accomplishments of the outstanding citizens of Fairfax County. Each member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors selects two people from their district who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service, heroism or other special accomplishments to receive the award. Tonight, the Board of Supervisors along with honored guests enjoy a catered meal provided by Coastal Flats, a Great American Restaurant, to publicly honor the Lord and Lady of Fairfax Honorees. To date, more than 500 individuals have been named a Lord or Lady of Fairfax by their respective member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

AT&T to the Rescue

What do you get when you have 70,000-80,000 people in a 25-acre area all using their cell phones? Poor cell service! AT&T is helping us this year by setting up an 80foot tall cell tower on the site. This means Festival goers can tweet away all weekend long about the great time their having without having to search around to find a good service zone.

2013 Scholarship Winners

Celebrate Fairfax’s Community Spirit Scholarship Program was launched last year to give back to the people of Fairfax County, with funding raised through our Friends of Celebrate Fairfax initiative. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to graduating seniors in Fairfax County Public High Schools. One award recipient was chosen from each Fairfax County Supervisory District, and the final… recipient was selected “at large” from any of the nine districts.

Recipients are recognized for their community involvement, academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership. The submission process was extremely competitive this year as we had over 100 applicants. However, due to their outstanding academic achievements, tremendous leadership abilities and community involvement, 10 scholarship winners were chosen, and they are as follows:

At Large: Noah Smolen – W.T Woodson
Braddock School: Kailey Leinz – Lake Braddock High
Dranesville School: Kartik Gupta – Thomas Jefferson
Hunter Mill School: Kellen Levinson – Oakton High
Lee School: Pavina Sengkhyavong – Robert E. Lee High
Mason School: Xhama Vyas – J.E.B Stuart High
Mount Vernon School: Kate Schneider – West Potomac High
Providence School: Kevin Cao – Thomas Jefferson
Springfield School: Do Yeon Park – Lake Braddock High
Sully School: Christine Quetsch – Chantilly High

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. applauds the efforts of these students and wishes them luck on their future endeavors, as we do for all the graduating seniors this year!


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