The Middleburg Garden Club proves that even an old fox (or two) can learn a new trick!

“Foxes on The Fence” – a collaboration between local businesses, schools, shops and talented local artists – is back. Coming soon to a fence near you, Foxes and Hounds on the Fence will be on the corner of West Washington and Pendleton Streets in Middleburg from March 31- May 18.

The Middleburg Garden Clubs’ Darcy Justen and Debbie Cadenas teamed up again to start another spring with this amazing fundraiser dedicated to town beautification projects.

“We were looking for more ways to help our town and our community,” said Vice President Darcy Justen. “This was perfect. We really look forward to the involvement of students, churches, businesses and our talented local artists [who are] all working together to raise awareness of the arts and
coming together to help the town. We have had an overwhelming response from businesses and schools again, with a wait list this year for sponsors.”

Cadenas found that local artists were excited to team up with a sponsor and donate their time and talent to paint or create for this project. Foxes have been a huge success for the town. “I’m so honored the town chose ‘Foxes on the Fence’ as the Event of the Year and so glad we could make a difference – and let’s not forget all the money is donated to community projects,” said Middleburg Garden Club President Melanie Blunt.

This year will showcase a few new twists, as several hounds have joined the pack and a few female foxes will grace the Fence with their presence. At four feet long, the foxes and hounds will be located inside businesses or featured as garden art outside. Also, new this year is a poetry contest for local students. A cash prize will be awarded for the winning poem, which will be published on the Facebook page and read at the closing event.

Watch for the appearance of the Foxes on the Fence on March 31. Online bidding starts on April 1 and concludes on May 15. Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award! Vote for your favorite fox or hound on the Foxes on the Fence Facebook page. The winning artist will receive a cash prize of $250 to be announced at the close of “Art in the Burg” on Saturday, May 18.

This article first appeared in the March 2019 issue of Middleburg Life.