Carnegie Hall prepares for 35th annual TOOT festival

The 35th annual Taste of Our Towns (TOOT) festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Thousands of residents and visitors from across the region gather on the streets of historic downtown Lewisburg to sample delicious food from local restaurants, civic clubs, and nonprofit organizations.

But TOOT is much more than a food festival. In addition to food vendors, the festival also features three entertainment stages, children’s activities, traveling performers, and much more. The shops in downtown Lewisburg are also open during the day.

Entertainment for the 2019 TOOT includes Seldom Free, Better Than We Sound, and Hello June playing on the Lafayette Street stage; the West Virginia Renaissance Festival performing on the Church Street stage; and the Greenbrier Valley Optimistic Ukulele Band and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School Band performing on Carnegie Hall’s upper terrace.

Some of this year’s activities include the Greenbrier Humane Society Adopt-a-thon, WVSOM Sigma Sigma Phi providing wellness screenings, and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Traveling Exhibit.

All food purchases on the day of TOOT require the use of tokens. Tokens cost $1 each and are sold in increments of five. If you wish to buy tokens in advance, they are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (611 Church Street, Lewisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., cash/check/credit cards accepted) and the Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau (905 Washington Street W., 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m., cash/check only). Tokens are also be available at the Carnegie Hall token booths on the day of the event. TOOT tokens do not sell out.

Use the hashtag #TOOT2019 for all of your TOOT images on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on the day of the event to enter to win a fabulous a Carnegie Hall T-shirt. The winner, who will be selected at 2:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Hall booth, will be notified by private message.

Please note that pets are not permitted on festival grounds (with the exception of service animals) due to food safety regulations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. For more information please call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.