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Hopwood's past intersects with present in National Road Festival

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Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:06 p.m.

Hopwood visitors on Saturday will stare off to the east — anticipating the sounds and sights of horses and wagons as they make their way down the Summit, off the mountain and into the village.

The event is Hopwood's participation again in the National Road Festival.

This weekend, towns all along the National Road will be involved in the National Road Festival — a celebration of the first federally founded road referred to as “The Road that Built the Nation.”

“We've been holding our celebration for years,” Hopwood Villagers President Lawren Dunn said. “Different communities do different things, and we have a carnival and vendors — and the wagon train stops here for lunch.”

Dunn said the event is a big draw for the little village. The Hopwood Villagers plans for the event year-round.

The National Road Festival in Hopwood will feature a children's carnival, complete with rides and games.

Vendors and crafters will be present on Saturday. Many residents take advantage of the crowds, setting up flea-market tables and yard sales throughout Hopwood.

Local nonprofit organizations and the Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department will serve food and set up areas where families can get a bite to eat.

The wagon train will come off the Summit into Hopwood for a brief stop around noon.

“They will come in and then settle in behind the fitness center, then they will have lunch here,” said Dunn.

The wagon train will be onsite for about one hour.

A parade will begin at 1 p.m. as the wagon train leaves town.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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