The 2016 Shenandoah County Fair may be just one year away from it's centennial, but celebrating agriculture in the county tradition goes back even farther than that.
As early as 1887 the existing Shenandoah County Agricultural Society started an annual festival that included all kinds of horse racing. It took place on a dirt track laid out in the middle of some orchard fields on the west side of Woodstock, Va.
But it was not until 1916 that local organizers officially began the annual Shenandoah County Fair. Today the fair is the only remaining county fair in Virginia that still features harness racing. The horses continue to run on that original track location, which now overlooks Interstate 81.
Shenandoah County Fair harness racing still has a lot of local flavor. Folks return to the old grandstand year after year to view the daily races. Many are likely to either be related, know each other, or “know somebody who knows somebody.”
Whenever it comes to betting on these afternoon races, it's more like “honor between friends and family,” says Shenandoah County Fair Director Tom Eschelman. “There will be old-time sunflower seeds, or jelly beans, or peanuts up in the grandstand.”
But the harness racing game has suddenly gotten bigger for the fair host Shenandoah County Fair Association, after Eschelman led the development of a state-wide partnership with the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) and Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA).Read more...
It’s pretty here at any time of the year, but oh, when the wildflowers of May are blooming... May is Wildflower Weekend month at Shenandoah National Park. The State Arboretum at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, the Edith J. Carrier Arborteum on the campus of James Madison University and other park lands are busy with special outdoor programs. Or, hike a quiet trail in George Washington National Forest. Find your very own way back to nature in this beautiful region.
First St. Annual Cruz In on Historic First St. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-652-1401.
Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road. longtime Friday-night tradition of old-time music and dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.
Meet at the Lexington Visitor Center. Every Friday at 3 p.m., from April through November. Rain or shine. No reservations required. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call 540-463-3777.
Behind the 7-Eleven store at I-81 interchange. Fridays from May 13 through October from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 540-740-3432 or visit newmarketvirginia.com
Newtown Commons. May 27-28. Parade, craft show, vendors, fireworks, and open houses at the Stone House Foundation Museum, 5165 main St. Free admission, open to the public. For more information, call 540-869-3087.
780 University Blvd. Frances Plecker Education Center. Art in the Arboretum. Watercolor paintings by Carol Kirkham Martin. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Runs May 20 through June 30. Free admission. For more information, call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum
101 Maury River Drive. Multi-Purpose Area. Fridays in the Park with Southpaw. For More Information, call 540-261-7321 or visit www.glenmaurypark.com
Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden. 963 Ross Road. Outdoor music concert series every second and fourth Friday, April through September. Picnicking starts at 5:30 p.m., live music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-463-2697.
Meet at Staunton Visitors Center. Guided trolley and walking tours. Year-round. For more information, call 540-208-1741 or visit www.stauntonguidedtours.com
Love and Friendship. Comedy. Theater members save 20 percent and get free popcorn. Tickets: Adults, $9.50. Seniors and students,$8.50. Matinee Before 5 p.m., $8. For more information, visit ValleyArts.org
16th Biennial Stonewall Jackson Symposium. May 27-28. Lectures and presentations. For more information, call 540-464-7704 or visit www.stonewalljackson.org.
10 S. Market St. Arms and the Man. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.
901 Amherst St. Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau will present works from the Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, one of the largest collections of Alphonse
Mucha work in the United States, in a traveling exhibitioin. Changing Exhibitions Gallery. For more information, call 540-662-1473, extension 240 or visit www.theMSV.org.
963 Ross Road, Meadow Stage area.Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden. 963 Ross Road. Outdoor music concert series every second and fourth Friday, April through September. Picnicking starts at 5:30 p.m., live music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-463-2697.
Upstairs Gallery in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New St. Art, A Path to Recovery, works by consumers of mental health service. May 6 through May 31 call ahead for availability times. Opening Reception on May 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 540-885-2028 or visit www.saartcenter.org
Ruffner Plaza. Yoga on the Greenway. Fridays in May from 6-7 p.m. For ages 12 years and older. Sponsored by Page Memorial Hosptital Fitness and Luray Parks and Recreation Dept. Free admission.
Food and games on Carnival Grounds, Third St., on May 27 from 5 to 11 p.m. Cruz-In, DJ music and food festival on First St., May 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. FCCLA Chinese Auction at PCHS Commons Area on May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Flag Retirement cermony at Shenandoah Veterans Park, May 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission, open to the public.
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