Fox 5 to broadcast live from Middleburg Sidewalk Sale

— Middleburg is kicking things up a notch at the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale this year, starting with a live broadcast by local TV station Fox 5 DC from 6-10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3.

“It’s live TV. There’s going to be some archery, probably some horses, maybe some ponies, there will be children,” said Jamie Gaucher, business and economic development director for the Town of Middleburg.

Also new to the sale this year will be opportunities for local schools and nonprofits to set up information booths. Those interested in setting up a booth should contact Jamie at 540-687-5152 or

Businesses participating in the Aug. 3-5 sale should also send information about their sale items to to assist with promotion of the sale, which is sponsored by the Town of Middleburg, the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, and Sonabank. “The more we can get out there, the more people we’ll have,” said MBPA President Punkin Lee.

The sale announcements came as part of MBPA’s monthly networking mixer, sponsored by the Aldie Heritage Association and the Aldie General Store & Cafe, with wine provided by the Aldie Peddler. The town’s annual event, the Aldie Harvest Festival, will be held Oct. 20 this year and feature wine, food trucks and more.

Other news of note from the July 10 Biz Buzz included the announcement that Vance Thompson, a constant fixture at the Middleburg Post Office and winner of MBPA’s customer service award last year, has received a new heart and is doing well so far, although he is expected to remain in the hospital for another 3-4 weeks.

The last month has also seen some changes in the Middleburg business community, with the opening of Middleburg Tobacco Co. and Bank of Charles Town offering new hours on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Also upcoming: a new engraving business is expected to move into the Middleburg Antiques Emporium within the next month.

Also, make sure to mark your calendar for MBPA’s next Biz Buzz, scheduled for Aug. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Market Salamander! If you haven’t been to the market recently, this will be a great opportunity to see their newly renovated space.