Weekend to include fishing rodeo, herb festival, antique tractors

By Josette Keelor

A Winchester fishing rodeo, Middletown herb festival, Front Royal block party, Woodstock antique tractor show and Harrisonburg Jeep Jam will make for a can’t miss weekend starting Friday.

Then next Thursday, a virtual live Jimmy Buffett concert will be at the Stephens City Family Drive-in Theatre.

Beginning Friday in Woodstock, the Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club will hold its 25th annual show at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. A public consignment auction and toy show at 5 p.m. that night will also continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Also taking place will be a children’s fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and two full days of tractor races, tractor pulls, a flea market/yard sale and a Members’ Tractor Trail Ride at 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission and registration are free, and a collection of canned goods will go to help area food banks. Call Beverly Coker at 301-905-2908 for information on the flea market or visit www.massanuttenantiquetractor.com.

At Sunflower Cottage garden center, 150 Ridgemont Road east of Middletown, the Virginia Herb Festival on Saturday and Sunday will combine food, entertainment, plants and education for a two-day event that has something for everyone. New this year will be the addition of its Backroom Brewery, said owner Billie Clifton.

“It’s almost as big as the Sunflower Cottage,” Clifton said.

“It’ll be different beers from the 14 that we have approved,” she said. “We’ll have eight on tap each day of the festival.”

Head brewer Andy Cummings, who comes to Middletown with four years experience brewing hops at Full Sail Brewing Company in Oregon, will answer questions both festival days.

Programs will include Raw Milk and Cheese Making, a home brewing demonstration and chef tips from local chefs on cooking with fresh herbs. Vendors will sell herbs, plants, essential oils, tea, bird houses and more. Admission is $5 and includes both days and all programs. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. For more information, call 540-869-8482.

From 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, the Family Day Fishing Rodeo for ages 4 and older will be at the Wilkins Lake Shelter in Winchester’s Jim Barnett Park. Prizes will go to the winners of the largest fish in eight divisions. Admission is $5. To register, call 540-662-4946 and use activity No. 621347-06 or sign up on the day of the event.

In Front Royal Saturday, The Discipleship Community Church will host its “Proclaim” block party from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the gazebo on Main and Chester streets, with gospel singing, Christian preachers, food, dancing, vendors, and children’s activities. For more information, call the church at 540-305-1589

The 5th Annual Dick Myers Jeep JAM, hosted by the Dick Myers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will be at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with activities for families. Gate fee per jeep is $30 and owners of the first 200 registered jeeps will receive a goodie bag and commemorative T-shirt, coupons and door prize tickets. For more information, call 540-433-1600 or visit jeepjamva.com

And it’s not too early to plan for Thursday’s simulcast event at the Family Drive-in Theatre in Stephens City, where a live concert by Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band from the Coyote Drive-In Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas, broadcast exclusively by Directv to more than 70 drive-in theaters. The concert will be two-hours with interactive technology in what could be a world-record number of viewers seeing his concert simultaneously.

The family event will include beach-style events like volleyball and a water slide, special food, virgin margaritas, karaoke, parrots, contests, live broadcasts from local radio stations 92.5 WINC FM and B105. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert should begin at 8:50 p.m. Tickets are $18 and are currently available at the front gate. For more information, visit www.thefamilydriveintheatre.com.

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