24th Annual Centreville Day (2016)
Thank You for visiting our sponsorship page, and for considering becoming a sponsor of the 24th Annual Centreville Day Celebration. You will be a part of a family friendly festival that celebrates Centreville’s history, and supports Historic Centreville Park. Located in the heart of Centreville, the day is organized by the Friends of Historic Centreville in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority. If after having read the information on this page you wish to continue on to be a sponsor of Centreville Day you can do so online HERE. If you would like to fill out a paper application that can be found HERE.
Why you should become a Centreville Day Sponsor
Premium Marketplace Location: Sponsors receive a premium placement in Centreville Day’s Marketplace. Located on the ‘main street’ of the venue, the Marketplace features a diverse mix of business exhibits, churches and non-profit organizations, home sales, crafters and other retailers. Marketplace sponsors and exhibitors are welcome to participate in the “Trick or Treat Trail” and provide treats or activities for children at their spaces in the Marketplace.
Our best measure of success are the number of returning sponsors and business exhibitors each year who tell us that Centreville Day is both a fun and productive event they want to support again. Sponsorships begin at the modest $300 Business and $500 Bronze levels. See below for a list of our sponsors from last years event.
Advertising: Centreville Day and the activities leading up to it are extensively covered by the local press. The Fairfax County Park Authority in an in-kind Gold sponsor and helps to support Centreville Day. Centreville Day sponsors are featured on large color posters distributed throughout the community, on the Centreville Day Facebook page and on this website. Community calendars, PSAs, the Fairfax and Virginia tourism bureaus will all be utilized to publicize the event. Paid advertising is purchased judiciously with an eye to maximizing effectiveness.
Opportunity to help shape Centreville Day: Centreville Day is planned by a committee made up of community volunteers, many of whom are community leaders representing key civic organizations and businesses. Sponsors are welcome to join us and help shape the event. Though we know the basic parameters, exactly what happens on any given Centreville Day in an outgrowth of the unique partnerships that emerge each year. Key partners include the Fairfax County Park Authority, the office of Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith, American Legion Post 1995, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority of Educators, the Rotary Club of Centreville & Chantilly, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, Historic Centreville Society, the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable, and many vibrant local churches.
Event Goals and Description
Centreville Day is a one-day outdoor festival that celebrates the historical heritage and diverse cultural heritage of the greater Centreville area community. Scheduled in October, Halloween activities are included, such as the Trick or Treat Trail, Ghost Tours, in addition to historical activities and tours. Centreville Day also features a community marketplace with businesses, crafters, churches and other nonprofits; a mid-day parade, children’s activities; live entertainment; international foods, and presentation of the Centreville Day Citizen of the Year Award. Proceeds support the Friends of Historic Centreville and Historic Centreville Park.
The goals of Centreville Day are:
- To have a great celebration that incorporates many aspects of the community, from its businesses, its cultural diversity, and its rich history;
- To increase public awareness and appreciation for Centreville’s cultural heritage and historic resources;
- To raise funds for the Friends of Historic Centreville (FHC), a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, and its mission to support Historic Centreville Park and preserve Centreville area resources.
The Friends of Historic Centreville
The Friends of Historic Centreville (FHC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Centreville’s unique heritage, especially the resources in Historic Centreville Park and the Centreville Historic District. We are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. Among our current priorities, we are raising funds to support the development of Historic Centreville Park. FHC has operated informally since 2005 and has actively worked to expand the Centreville Historic District, supported the acquisition of park land in the Centreville Historic District and the creation of Historic Centreville Park. In 2006, FHC, with funding from the Centreville Community Foundation, wrote the first Civil War Trails sign placed in the Centreville Historic District at the Old Stone Church on Braddock Road. Our website, www.historiccentrevilleva.org, has more information.
The Centreville Community
Settled in the mid-18th century and originally known as Newgate, Centreville was chartered in 1792. The town was fortified and occupied by both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. Historic Centreville Park includes a significant portion if the original platted town and is situated within the Centreville Historic District. The park features a federal era tavern (built c. 1785), a Sears Catalogue House (1934), and Civil War forts and trenches. Ten additional buildings, dating from 1796 to the 1950s, are included in the Historic District, which is the largest of its kind in Fairfax County.
Today, Centreville maintains a close-knit, home-town community spirit despite its population of nearly 58,000. It is an increasingly diverse community composed on Asian-Americans (26%), Latino and Hispanic Americans (13%), and African-Americans (7%). Fifty percent of the adults have bachelor or graduate degrees and most are engaged in management and professionaly occupations. The median household income is about $100,000.