Altavista’s popular festival Uncle Billy’s Day (pictured in 1972), celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, will begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday night. Activities kick off at 4 p.m. Friday in English Park, where craft and food vendors will be set up. A carnival runs from 6 to 11 p.m., and live music will be provided by The Pete Turpin Band from 5 to 7 p.m. and Tony Camm & The Funk Allstars from 8 to 11 p.m., with the official Uncle Billy’s Day ceremony between the two sets at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and highlights include an art show, car show, carnival, a rodeo, petting zoo, disc dog show, an open mic featuring local talent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., live music by Eric Gress from 4 to 7 p.m. and Rare Form from 8 to 11 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Parking will be available at Altavista High School and Town Hall, with free shuttle bus rides from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit www.unclebillysdayfestival.com.