Do That Festival to be held in June seeks Vendors

D-O-U-T-H-A-T  How you pronounce that unusual name might depend on who you talk to.  Douthat State park in Bath and Allegheny Counties, home to a new Music, Food and Fun Festival on June 22nd is is sometimes affectionately known as Do That.

“I know a lot of locals that say that, and so, as I’m talking to people about the festival it’s funny to hear them say ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve said that for years.’  SO now we have a festival that’s named after the long running nickname of Douthat.

This festival will include music from the bands, The Judy Chops,  Brooke McBride from Nashville, Chad Nickell and the  Loose Change, and some others.  The day begins at eleven and will run until 9 pm.

And in preparation for this first festival, the Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors.

I asked Emily Fry,  Bath Chamber of Commerce Director what types of vendors they hope to attract to Do That.

“Anything and everything.  Of course we would like as wide an array of vendors as we can get.  We would like to have a wide a selection of vendors.  Basically what you need to do to become a vendor is fill out our vendor application form.  It’s going to be a little different if you’re going to sell food because you have to fill out a temporary food establishment form through the county and get approved for that.

You can log on to our website.  Fill out the forms; send the two forms that we need back to the chamber, and then the form to the Bath County Health department so they can approve you.”

In addition to  food and beverage vendors, Do That is a very good opportunity for local artisans, service providers, lodging places, and non-profits to showcase their businesses and organizations.   Applications for those spaces are on the same website, under the events tab.

“We’ll get them set up.  All spaces are ten by ten.  If you need extra space you can reserve two spots or three, you know whatever you need.  We do have the option for electricity, so if a specific vendor needs electricity, we can provide that as well.”

Then Emily provided specifics about vendors’ fees. 

“For a non-profit to just hand out information and have a space, it’s free.  For a non-profit that’s is selling a product or selling food or selling raffle tickets, or things like that, the vendor fee is fifty dollars.  For businesses who are just handing out information, advertising their business, not selling anything, that’s seventy five dollars, then for businesses to sell or vend outright is a hundred and fifty.”

Tickets are also available on line now, and will remain so for the next couple of months, and at the gate on June 22nd.  There are six different sponsorship levels, and local businesses can choose to participate in the Do That Festival in that way as well. All the benefits of those levels are provided with the sponsorship form on

And most important of all, like any large community event, the Do That Festival could use volunteers.  For a four hour shift either taking tickets, serving beverages, or helping with crowd control volunteers get free entry to the festival, a meal, and a t-shirt.  To sign up to volunteer email or call 839-5409.  More information about the upcoming Do That Festival will be available on Allegheny Mountain Radio as it gets closer.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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