Wheels, Water & Wings! 2015 HOTie Event of the Year

What began 5 years ago, as a Friday night street dance and classic car show has developed into a weekend long festival of inter-generational activities loosely based around its titled theme.  In a sense, Wheels, Water & Wings is a celebration of the various forms of transportation that one might have taken to reach this destination and a welcome to those who may have arrived for the first time.  It is a time to celebrate the very spirit of community.

Wheels, Water & Wings is a co-venture, organized, delivered and evaluated by  volunteer representatives from government, community organizations, for-profit and not-for-profit interests, resource providers and citizens of the community.  The festival attracts thousands of visitors who east in local restaurants, purchase artwork from local artists and buy produce from local farmers.  The camaraderie generated by this street festival is akin to an old-home week celebration and a return to the old-fashioned community celebration that naturally integrates newcomers into local civic and social networks.  Thus, WWW represents the intersection of economic development and social well-being.

Highlights from this year's event:

  • There is also a complex relationship between the festival and all of its stakeholders (which includes performers/participants/service providers, visitors/spectators, organizers and the local community- and sometimes it may be difficult to distinguish between them.   The WWW Festival is a happening during which the community embraces the values that define the traditional sense of social inclusion.   
  • There are significant social and cultural attributes to all of the activities included under the WWW umbrella.  In 2016, we featured 7 concerts, a number of paddle challenges on the York River, an old-fashioned soap box derby, the annual Fly-In breakfast at the local airport, a classic car show, a rat rod show, a motorcycle rally, skateboarding workshops, alongside a midway with rides.
  • Weather did not dampen our spirit and people danced in the street throughout the weekend.

Contact:  Information is available on the BBIA Facebook page and on the BBIA website:  www.bancroftbia.com

(Blog post provided by Jody Didier, Executive Officer - Bancroft Business Improvement Area)