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'Oakton Day in the Park' celebration coming later in month

Event to be held Aug. 27; volunteers are being recruited

The Greater Oakton Community Association invites local residents to attend the third annual Oakton Day in the Park on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oakton Community Park, 2841 Hunter Mill Road.

The event will feature hometown fun for all ages, organizers say.

Musicians Molly and Mark will perform all afternoon. Other entertainment will include a meet-and-greet with Teddy the Mini-Horse from Cloverleaf Equine Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m., a Taekwondo demonstration by Mountain Kim Martial Arts from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and Bob Brown’s Puppet Show from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Food and drink will be available from Settle Down Easy Brewing, Tony’s NY Pizza, WNB Factory and Ben & Jerry’s. Children who attend will get to enjoy face painting, a storybook corner, butterfly craft, field games and a scavenger hunt.

Attendees will have the chance to view antique cars, look for finds at a library book sale, take guided trail walks, check out a butterfly garden, obtain information about backyard bird feeders and visit tables staffed by community nonprofit groups.

A “history table” will be peopled throughout the afternoon by figures from Oakton’s past who will interact with attendees and answer questions about local history.

Among those expected to do shifts at the history table are former Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth, historian Jim Lewis, Jody and Bruce Bennett of the Hunter Mill Defense League, Sue Kovach Shuman and Anne Stuntz of the Fairfax County Historical Society, and longtime community member Linda Byrne.

Parking will be available at Unity Church of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, or Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place. Drop-offs will be available for those who require it.

Organizers are seeking additional volunteers for one-hour shifts. Those who wish to help out should contact Mark Deaton at