By Josette Keelor
This weekend, enjoy a monster truck show at the Warren County Fair and monster yard sales in Frederick and Shenandoah counties, watch the Little League World Series in Winchester or join a boat race at Riverfest in Warren County. Scattered with handfuls of musical and family oriented events this weekend, the valley will offer a fun time for all ages.
If you live anywhere along U.S. 11 in Shenandoah or southern Frederick counties, chances are you've seen signs of the 10th annual Route 11 Yard Crawl before it starts this weekend.
Preparations for the 40-mile and counting stretch of yard sales along Old Valley Pike from Stephens City to New Market start days in advance, but the official crawl is Saturday. Along the route, area restaurants and stores expecting a swell of business that day are planning in-store sales and sidewalk sails, according to Jenna French, director of tourism and marketing for Shenandoah County.
"I would say a large majority of them participate," French said.
"Every year it continues to grow," French said. She said people planning to visit from as far away as Los Angeles and Alaska have contacted her. "Word of mouth has traveled and told them, 'Hey, you need to check this out.'"
During the crawl, the Shenandoah County 4-H will raise proceeds for a trip to Minnesota next summer by selling breakfast, lunch and snacks at the Shenandoah County Government Center in Woodstock, beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy will host a flea market from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 401 Valley Pike, Stephens City.
"People can start whenever they want to," French said. "We've seen people out there with flashlights at 6 o'clock in the morning,"
"We say that it starts at 7 a.m., and really it goes until people are sold out or pooped out," French said.
Information: 540-459-6227, https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRoute11YardCrawl
Today, the 2014 Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series, hosted in Winchester this year, will kick off with the Cal Ripken World Series Banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jim Barnett Park gym. Kevin Anderson, head baseball coach at Shenandoah University, will be guest speaker. Admission of $15 includes a catered dinner.
The World Series runs Saturday to Saturday and will host teams from around the country competing for championship in the final game on Aug. 16. Family passes for $50 include all games during the eight-day tournament. Individual tickets for all eight games are $25, and single game tickets are $5. Children younger than 4 get in free. Information: 540-662-4946, http://winchestervaworldseries.com
Riverfest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Raymond R "Andy" Guest Shenandoah River State Park, with cardboard boat races beginning at 12:30 p.m. The event will include local artists and craft vendors, live music by local bands, canoe trips, fishing and fly fishing demonstrations and more.
Admission is $8 per car. For those 6 and older, canoe trips are $5 per canoe and $2 per tube. Proceeds will benefit Shenandoah Riverkeeper, Friends of the Shenandoah River and the state park. Enter to win a Jackson kayak and free trial membership to Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Information: www.shenandoahriverfest.org.
The Warren County Fair will continue when gates open at 4 p.m. today and Saturday. The midway will open at 6:30 p.m. Fair admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 7 to 12 and free to those 6 and younger.
Old McNally's Pig Derby will perform at various times today and Saturday. Charlee Allman and Abby Lopez will perform at 7 p.m. today on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage, and Restless Hearts will perform at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage.
Saturday's Monster Truck Show will begin at 6 p.m. Danny Figgins, "The Singing Policeman," will perform at 7 p.m. on the community stage, and Marty Haggard will perform at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage.
Also this weekend:
• The Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company will continue its lawn party at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Edinburg Park. Enjoy food, fun, games and music by Boomerang Agenda on today and The Rinards on Saturday. Information: 540-984-4322, https://www.facebook.com/EVFC15
• Woodstock ROCS will present music by The Rogue Farmers from 7 to 9 p.m. at W.O. Riley Park, 540 Park Ave., Woodstock. Bring a chair. Admission is free. Information: 540-459-3621, http://www.townofwoodstockva.com
• Gazebo Gatherings in Front Royal will feature music by Rich Follett at 7 p.m. today at the gazebo on Main and Chester streets. Admission is free. Information: 540-635-9909, http://www.blueridgearts.org
• Berryville's Music in the Park will feature classic folk music by Noah Stidham from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Rose Hill Park on Main Street. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner, but no alcohol allowed. Information: 540-955-4001, http://www.berryvillemainstreet.org for weather updates
• Kernstown Battlefield Association will host tours of the Pritchard House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tours are on the second and fourth weekend of each month and admission is $3 for those 12 and older. Meet at the Visitor's Center at 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester. Information: 540-869-2896, http://www.kernstownbattle.org
• Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown will host a Civil War tour starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, highlighting areas in the Manor House and surrounding landscape. Tickets are $6 for students age 6 to 16, $10 for seniors, military and AAA members and $12 for adults. Information: 540-869-2028, http://www.bellegrove.org
• The 1984 film "Red Dawn" will show at Long Branch Plantation at 8 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Tickets are $5 for those 11 and older. Bring snacks and a blanket or chair. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Information: 540-837-1856, http://www.visitlongbranch.org
• Bowman Library's Pug & Pig Out On Reading at 11 a.m. Saturday and Paws for Reading at 1 p.m. and will coincide with the final summer story time at 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City. Daisy II, "the world's most famous pig," and her pug friends will delight children with stories at 11 a.m., followed by a reading event that pairs young readers with certified therapy dogs. Information: 540-869-9000, ext. 215; or email@example.com
• At Samuels Library, 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal, Camp Readalot will offer an assortment of cozy camp-themed activities with stories, s'mores, skits, songs and a craft about compasses for ages 6 and older from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up at the library. Information: 540-635-3153
• The band Five of a Kind will perform for a picnic and yard party at the Gravel Springs Lutheran Church, 1870 S. Pifer Road, Star Tannery, rain or shine beginning at noon Saturday. Enjoy food and bring a yard chair.
• The band Lion of Judah will perform at the St. Jacob's Lutheran Church lawn party, 15226 Sedeno Road, Edinburg, with a free will offering benefiting the Volunteer Farm. Enjoy food beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday.
• A lawn party and ice cream social at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock will offer live music beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, with proceeds going to the church's annual youth conference.
• Paramount Winds will perform "The Sounds of Music: A Chamber Music Recital" at 1 p.m. Sunday at Stephens City United Methodist Church, with works by various composers, including Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. A good will offering will be accepted. Information: 540-869-2348
• The Amazing Country Band will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Strasburg Hometown Park. The concert is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Information: 540-465-3252, http://www.hometownstrasburgva.com/music
• The New Creation Choir of Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall at St. John's United Methodist Church, 116 S. High St., Edinburg. Information: 540-984-4464