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Family fun to canvas five counties

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People along Stoney Creek Boulevard line up to see the many arts, crafts and food for sale at the 31st Edinburg Ole Time Festival last year. The festival will take place again this weekend. — Andrew Thayer/Daily file


By Josette Keelor --jkeelor@nvdaily.com

Whether you're a foodie looking for a weekend of fall feasts, a music lover hoping to kick back with friends and listen to some fine tunes, or a family looking for a fun time on a mid-September afternoon, you'd be hard-pressed not to find what you seek over the next few days.

Shenandoah County

In Shenandoah County, the 32nd Edinburg 'Ole Time Festival, will take place from Friday through Sunday, enlivening the normally quiet Shenandoah Valley town with music, arts and crafts, a parade, varied entertainment and great food. The festival's old time theme hearkens to a time when things moved a little more slowly. It reminds all who attend to enjoy life, and with activities like bed racing, hay wagon rides, old-timers sporting events and a duck race, it would be difficult not to enjoy the weekend.

For more information, call 984-7272 or visit www.edinburgoletimefestival.org.

Harrisonburg

Further south in Harrisonburg, travelers will discover a weekend full of events, from the first Woofstock to the 73rd Annual Western Regional & State Big Game Trophy Show.

Woofstock will take place Saturday at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will feature live music, food and a beer garden. The whole family can find fun on the grassy lot across from the Turner Pavilion at 228 S. Liberty St.

Admission is $5, and all proceeds will benefit the homeless pets served by the SPCA. For more information, call 434-5270 or visit www.rhspca.com/events.html


The Big Game Trophy Show
will run Friday through Sunday at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission will be $7, and children under the age of 12 with an adult get in free. Trophy registration is $10, with no admission fee.

Entrants can register for deer, bear and turkey harvested west of the Blue Ridge Mountains beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The deadline to register each day is 2 p.m., and all entries must be accompanied by a game tag or Telecheck confirmation number and have a weight certification completed. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Raffles and giveaways will take place throughout the weekend, and the NRA's Wall of Guns will be available for show and for purchase.

For more information, visit www.iwla-rh.org.

The Fall Fitness Festival
will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Wellness Center, 2500 Wellness Drive. The festival will include live music from the Hacken's Boys, activities for children, fitness classes, snacks, free health screenings, prize drawings and membership specials.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 564-5685 or visit www.rmhwellnesscenter.com.

Luray

On Saturday in Shenandoah National Park, the 13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration will take place at Skyland Resort in Luray, located at Skyland Resort at milepost 41.7 on Skyline Drive.

Guests can watch apple butter being made and then take home jars for themselves. Foods like grilled chicken with apple salsa, apple-smoked barbecue, granny apple cole slaw and caramel apples also will be available, as will hot and cold apple cider. Wine tasting, pony rides, children's crafts and live entertainment by Resi Linton, High Ground, Hi-Horse Cloggers and Possum Ridge String Band will make the afternoon a treat for the whole family.

For more information, call 800-778-7852 or local number 843-2100, or visit www.visitshenandoah.com.

Also on Saturday in Luray, Performing Arts of Luray will present the first Smokin' on the Track BBQ Festival at Shenandoah Speedway.

In addition to the cook-off, there will be a fall festival with wine tasting by various Virginia vineyards. Live music, food and beverage vendors, a beer garden, crafters, artisans, local civic organizations, an antique car show, corn hole tournament and children's entertainment will offer daylong fun for all ages. Bring a chair.

Admission will be $10 for adults; children under the age of 12 get in free. A wine tasting fee will be $10.

For more information, call 743-3311 or visit smokinbbqpal.com.

The event will take place rain or shine.

Winchester/Frederick County

The Winchester area will be hopping this weekend with the Apple Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival in Jim Barnett Park, the Tri-State Antique Truck Show at the Frederick County Fairgrounds and an open house at the Adult Care Center, at 411 N. Cameron St.

The Tri-State Antique Truck Show at Frederick County Fairgrounds will take place Thursday through Saturday, according to its website, tri-state-antiquetruckshow.com. With military vehicles, antique and new trucks and other vehicles all in working condition on display, the event located at the Frederick County Ruritan Show Grounds, off of I-81 exit 321, will offer fun for any age.

Camping will be available with a few hookups. For more information, call 301-693-7634.

The Rotary Club of Winchester's 38th Apple Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Jim Barnett Park, features more than 100 vendors with arts, crafts and food.

It includes the Virginia State Apple Butter Making Championship, a regional apple pie baking contest and the Ole Tyme Apple Growers Exhibit.

Sale items will include fine pencil drawings, hand spun alpaca wool and hand-blown glass.

Children will find entertainment at The Kids Zone, and the Apple Theme Booth will offer dozens of apple varieties. There also will be an Everything Virginia booth, with crafts made in Virginia.

Admission is $5 or less, and free after 3 p.m.

For more information, call 662-4946 or visit winchesterrotary.com.

On Sunday in Winchester, The Adult Care Center will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at its new location at 411 N. Cameron St. Retired United Methodist Bishop Ray Chamberlain will offer a prayer of dedication, participant artwork will be on display and a music therapy demonstration will take place. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information, please call 722-2273.

Berryville

In Berryville, the annual Watermelon Park Fest, which started Thursday, will take place through Saturday, offering a family friendly music festival at 1322 Lockes Mill Road. Festivities include concerts, dances, workshops, band/pickin' contests, kids' activities, open jams, food and craft vendors.

Musical guests will include the Del McCoury Band, Tim O'Brein, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Furnace Mountain and The Woodshedders.

Tickets per day are $40, and children under the age of 12 get in free. Camping is also available, with tent camping free with admission.

For more information, call 955-1621 or visit watermelonparkfest.com.






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