In 1943, the US Department of Defense was developing a propaganda pamphlet to distribute over western Europe. This was a way to show other countries about a typical town in the USA. They chose Alexandria to represent that typical small town USA. The project had pictures and articles about local government, businesses, school systems, and church programs. We now celebrate our nickname with a yearly event, the "Small Town USA Festival".
The festival is held at Beulah Park (on SR 9), September 11 and 12. This will be the 28th year the festival has been put on. The festival has music, food, vendors, car show, horseshoe tournament, and plenty of fun. They also have a flea market, pet parade, story telling for the kids, and a kids area.
Come celebrate our heritage with us at the "Small Town USA Festival".
-Jeff Bryan, Executive Director of the Alexandria Monroe Chamber of Commerce