Viva! Vienna! Festival

We are leaving for Hawaii in two days! There is still so much packing left to do and I am not even talking about my own luggage. Since the kids are staying with my parents, I am basically packing the whole house with worst case scenario in mind. On top of that, I got hit with some kind of stomach bug…so all the packing I wanted to do went out the window as I have been crawling to bed at 7pm the past few nights. I think I am finally getting my strength back though…and I hope I will be fully recovered by Saturday. Can you imagine being sick on a 10-hour flight? How about eating just banana and bread for the entire vacation?

Anyway! Besides going into DC for a day over the Memorial Day weekend, we also went to an annual local festival – Viva! Vienna!. Just like any other festivals, this one had amusement rides, vendor booths, entertainment, and food. We parked at the Vienna Community Center and walked the W&OD trail to the festival. The kids were most interested in the rides so we spent $20 for 24 tickets, which basically meant they could go on 4 rides each. The most fun one was the Dragon Wagon roller coaster. Kids had a blast on that! We also visited the vendors and the kids got some goodies – tattoo, pig key chains, a paper fan, pencil, necklaces, etc. Essentially all junk, but they were delighted with them all.

On with the pictures!

As I said, they had lots of fun on the roller coaster.
I cropped the picture above to get a closer look at their faces :)
It was a hot day. The kids got free ice pops from a vendor and it really helped them to keep walking in the heat. Luke and I shared a meat and vegetable pie from Pure Pasty, a local place here that we had wanted to try for the longest time. For $8, it was just okay. I really liked the flaky crust though.
The festival was held at the heart of Town of Vienna and all the historical sites were open for visitors. Here we were at the Little Library (one room) and we also went to the Freeman Store and Museum. Both places have odd operating hours so I was glad to visit both in one fell swoop. 
Just before we left, the kids each got a lollipop from a game of ring toss.
But then hubs accidentally bumped into Anna, which caused her to drop her lollipop, and of course, crying followed. Other than that one tiny incident, it was a good morning :) The best part was that after we decided to go home, we were there in 5 minutes. Love staying local!


  1. Both your little ones are having the childhood dreams are made of... and such smiles!

    Enjoy your trip to the Islands!

  2. Cute roller coaster in a parking lot ;). Glad you all had fun and bonus, it was so close!

  3. PS Sorry about the bug. Hope you feel better and can pack the kids and yourself in time. I mean, it has to and will get done but hopefully you have the energy to do it.


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