The Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg is proud to be the managing organization for the Wilderness Trail Festival! With feedback from the community and vendors, we are looking forward to improving the Festival.
What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Visit www.christiansburgkiwanis.com to find out more about the Christiansburg Kiwanis Club.
This year, 2020, the Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg celebrates 71 years of service to our local community. This includes development of Kiwanis Park and starting the recreation program for Christiansburg. Over the years, Kiwanis raised funds and provided labor support to many youth organizations including: Boy Scouts, Red Cross, school safety patrol, Girls and Boys State, cheerleaders, sandlot programs, and Christmas celebrations for local children in need, to name a few. Recently, the Club initiated and is currently supporting the Kiwanis Head Start Back Pack Program which provides food for approximately 50 children each week.
The Club has worked with the six schools in Christiansburg to establish a Kiwanis Clothe a Child Program which provides funding for children without ample means to purchase needed clothing. In addition, working with the same six schools, the Club has set up a Kiwanis School Supplies Program to support those children who do not have money to buy their required school supplies.
2019 marked the 11th year with Kiwanis as the managing organization for the Wilderness Trail Festival which takes place each September in downtown Christiansburg. All festival proceeds directly support the youth of Christiansburg.
Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in building a better community, serving the youth and citizens of Christiansburg and who are willing to dedicate themselves to helping the Club achieve the goals of Kiwanis.
Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg Cancels 2020 Wilderness Trail Festival
Due to COVID 19, the Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg has cancelled the forty-seventh annual Wilderness Trail Festival which was scheduled for September 19. The Club decided that it would be virtually impossible to meet Virginia’s limit on crowd size and the social distancing requirements as they currently exist. Also, there were concerns about continuing increases in the number of virus cases in this area and the possibility of further spreading the disease within our geographic footprint.
The vendors and sponsors are currently being contacted and notified of the cancellation.
The impact of the cancellation of this event and other fundraisers has been a severe blow to the 2020 Income of the Kiwanis Club. The Festival is, by far, the largest source of revenue for the Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg. Almost all the proceeds from this event and others go to support programs for the children needing assistance in our community. With some reserves and contributions from vendors and sponsors, the Club hopes to continue most of its community programs slated for 2020. Kiwanis appreciates the communities gracious support of the festival over the past 46 years and is looking forward to the event on September 18, 2021.