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Music and festivals headline weekend

By Josette Keelor

This weekend, tug a truck at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, hog up at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, escape into a local theater or rock out to Berryville's River and Roots Festival and Winchester's Sundown Indie & Folk Festival.

The River and Roots Festival is a family friendly opportunity to enjoy music, food, local produce and a cheese making demonstration at Watermelon Park along the Shenandoah River in Clarke County.

Doors open at 3322 Lockes Mill Road 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and performances will feature The Steep Canyon Rangers, Cedric Watson, Bijou Creole, The Woodshedders and Furnace Mountain.

Workshops will teach river stewardship, free camping will be available, and water activities will include tubing, kayaking and canoeing. Tickets run from $30 to $100. Children younger than 12 get in free, and those under 21 must be with a parent or guardian.

Information: 540-955-1621, www.riverandroots.com

At Valley Diesel Day in Woodstock, truck drags and truck pulls will keep things interesting all day Saturday. The fun begins at 9 a.m. Shenandoah County Fairgrounds on Fairground Road. Admission is $12, and children 12 and younger get in free. Entertainment will include food, vendors and door prizes. Information: 459-3867, www.shencofair.com

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Sundown Indie & Folk Festival will bring 26 regional bands and solo performers together in three performance areas, with homemade crafts, vintage items and eclectic arts at the Willow Grove venue on a historic farm and homestead at 740 Merrimans Lane, Winchester. Vendors will sell craft and domestic beer and food.

General admission is $25. VIP passes for $50 include access to the roped area with band members, private portable toilets and drink tickets. Information: 407-353-9074, willowgrovevenue.com, www.sundownfest.com

In Clearbrook, the 2nd Annual Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival will bring music, cars and bikes, children's activities, beer, wine and food to the Frederick County Fairgrounds from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Music will include Michael Palmer on Friday, Cosette Gobat and the Burnt Orange Band on Saturday and Brian Buchanan on Sunday. Tickets are $5 on Friday, $8 Saturday and $1 on Sunday. Children under 10 get in free. Information: www.hoggingup.com

Also this weekend:

Friday, the Bluemont Concert Series will feature the Mary Ann Redmond Band at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Winchester, at 20 N. Loudoun St. Tickets are $5, $4 for seniors and $2 to children younger than 12, available at the concert. Information: www.bluemont.org

The Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., will host Comedy Night Friday with special guests Jimmie "JJ" Walker and Tiffany Baker in two different shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com

The Schultz Theatre in New Market will complete its run of "Once Upon a Mattress," a comic retelling of "The Princess and the Pea," in which a scheming queen tries to prevent her son and the rest of the kingdom from marrying -- until the arrival of her greatest challenge, Princess "Fred." The play continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Information: 540-740-9119, www.schultztheatre.com

Winchester Little Theatre's youth theater will wrap up its first of two summer shows at 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester. "Chaos in Camelot," a combination of several legends about King Arthur, will continue Friday and Saturday at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $9.99. Information: 540-662-3331, www.wltonline.org

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com


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