Shenandoah Jamboree, Frederick fair in weekend spotlight

By Josette Keelor

The Frederick County Fair plans for a grand finale this weekend, while First Friday events in Winchester and Harrisonburg kick off two days of events that also include a Civil War walking tour, library events for children and teens, a Front Royal car show, a Luray bluegrass festival and Shenandoah Jamboree in Quicksburg.

Halfway through its second year, the Shenandoah Jamboree runs each first weekend through November at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg.

This Saturday will feature music by Grammy-nominated country singer Barbara Fairchild, who regularly performs in Branson, Missouri, and has made TV appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “Hee Haw” and “A Salute to Country Music.” Most recently she was in the three-part TNN special “A Country Homecoming,” hosted by Ralph Emery. Inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009, she’s best known for her 1973 country hit, “Teddy Bear Song.”

This will be her first time performing at the Shenandoah Jamboree, according to Yellow Barn Event Coordinator Jessica Sager. Other big hits at the Jamboree have been Wilson Fairchild, who performed in April and last August, and Jimmy Fortune, who performed last November.

“That was a big sellout show too,” Sager said.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with the Shenandoah Jamboree cast, featuring Lisa Meadows and her daughters Nikki and Jo-Jo, Brian Buchanan, “Singing Policeman” Danny Figgins and local Edinburg teen John-Robert Rimel.

“Each month we also try to have a local special guest come in,” Sager said.

This month, that guest is teenager SaraJane McDonald, whose musical influences include Celine Dion, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood. Making her fourth appearance at the Jamboree, SaraJane recently participated in the 2014 Stayin’ Country Concert Tour, opening for musicians Aaron Tippin on May 17 and John Anderson on July 17.

Shenandoah Jamboree doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the reserved section, $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Information: 540-477-2432,


The 10th Annual Bluegrass in Luray Music Festival will take place rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at the Page Valley Fairgrounds. Tickets are $30 per day for adults, $15 for teens 13 to 17 and free to children 12 and younger. Camping is available at $5 a night with electric hookups for an extra charge and showers.

Music today will feature Mark Templeton & Pocket Change, The Little Royal & Lizzie Show, Homegrown Bluegrass Band and Ebby Jewell & The Bluegrass Kinsmen. Saturday’s bands will be High Ground Bluegrass Band, Kody Norris, Claire Lynch Band, The Scott Brannon Band and Goldwing Express.

All proceeds from the festival will go to Shriners Hospitals for children. Information: 804-264-0509,

• The Frederick County Fair will complete its weeklong events at 155 Fairgrounds Road, Clear Brook, with rides and concessions, a barbecue dinner, music and other live entertainment today and Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m. today and at 3 p.m. Saturday.

After daytime livestock competitions today, evening events will include special recognition awards in the show barn and the Virginia High School Rodeo Association in the Grandstand at 6 p.m., a 4H and FFA market in the show barn at 6:30 p.m. and the band Crosswinds on the South Lawn Stage at 8 p.m.

Saturday evening events include the 6 p.m. Demolition Derby in the Grandstand, the Springfield Exit Band performing on the South Lawn Stage at 7 p.m. and a Mutton Busting Contest in the Show Barn at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for guests 12 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 11 and free to those five and younger. Ride all night both nights for $20 per person. Parking is free. Information: 540-667-8739,

• The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival will continue this weekend with Swedish band The Arrival performing the music of ABBA at 8 p.m. today and the Hot Strings and Cool Breezes Bluegrass Mini-Fest featuring Rhonda Vincent and The Rage at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Advance tickets are $39 for reserved pavilion seats and $34 for general admission. On concert day, pavilion seats are $43 and general admission seats $38. Children 18 and younger get in for $10.

Information: 540-459-3396,

• First Friday Celebration of the Arts in Old Town Winchester will host artists with special gallery events and musicians in restaurants and cafes. The day will begin with a dance party from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and end with shops staying open late. Information: 540-535-3661,

• First Friday Downtown in Harrisonburg will feature an opening reception for the art exhibit “Thrown and Woven: Unearthing the connection between fiver and clay,” by Brenda Fairweather at OASIS Fine Art & Craft, 103 S. Main St. from 5 to 8 p.m. Information: 540-442-8188

• A Civil War walking tour will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. today in Old Town Winchester, beginning at the Kurtz Building, 2 N. Cameron St. Tickets are $5 and payable to your tour guide. Tours are on the first and second Fridays of each month, June through October. Information: 540-542-1326,

• Gazebo Gatherings in Front Royal will feature Sweet T with musicians Con Burch and Mark T performing an eclectic mix of acoustic music at 7 p.m. today at the gazebo on Main and Chester streets. Admission is free. Information: 540-635-9909,,

• Woodstock ROCS will present Bill Vaughan and Friends performing rock, soul and beach music from the 1950s through ’90s fro 7 to 9 p.m. today at the W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock. Bring a chair. Admission is free. Information: 540-459-3621,


• Samuels Library in Front Royal will host Lego Mania for children and their parents from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., inviting anyone 5 and older to build a world out of Legos. Sign up at the children’s desk.

From 2 to 4 p.m., library event Book Bites invites teens to share their favorite book with others and learn new favorites too over food and good conversation in White Meeting Room B.

Both events are free. The library is located at 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal. Information: 540-635-3153,

• From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Jack Evans Chevrolet Annual Car Show and Rocky Ridge Reunion will include more than 60 classic vehicles at 125 S. Royal Ave., Front Royal. Proceeds from music by Donnie Walton and refreshments will benefit the American Legion Jets Football Team. Information: 540-551-4713,

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or>