BEDFORD, Va (WFXR) — The 41st annual Bedford “Centerfest” brought about sizeable crowds, and a whole lot of fun. The street fair-like event featured games, live music, food, dancing, and much more for members of the community to enjoy. However, all the festival fun was for a cause.

Proceeds went toward benefiting Bedford vendors and businesses. 125 vendors lined the streets and businesses also made appearances. Some say after seeing smaller crowds the past few years due to covid-19, they were glad to see such a huge turnout.

“Centerfest” is known as one of the largest community festivals in the Mid-Atlantic, and for some people in the community, it’s become a tradition.

“I love the atmosphere of it, I think it’s really nice and upbeat, I’ve been coming here since I was three years old so,” said festival attendee Jordan Harris.

Harris says the Bedford community is unlike any other, and that she looks forward to coming back out to “Centerfest” each year, saying she hopes next year’s event is even bigger. Citizens say it’s all about community.