Weekend Events

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
The following activities are being held during this year’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival:

• Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble competition from 8 a.m. to noon, Shenandoah University, free admission.
• Fire truck rodeo and display of new and antique firefighting equipment, 9 a.m. to noon, Millbrook High School, free admission.
• Prayer Brunch, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Winchester Church of God, $25.
• Old Town midway, 10 a.m. through Saturday 9 p.m., Bank of Clarke County, 202 N. Loudoun St., vendors from over 20 states, carnival games, food, free admission.
• Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lee-Jackson/Best Western, $25.
• Stag Luncheon, 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Winchester Cold Storage, 605 N. Loudoun St., $30-$65.
• Bloomers’ Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sprint tent, 1755 N. Sector Court, $25.
• Men’s Commonwealth Luncheon, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Piccadilly’s Public House, $35.
• Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Handley High School, $15.
• Kids Bloomin’ Mile, for ages 6 to 14, 4-5:30 p.m., Handley High School, $20.
• Firefighters’ Parade, 4 p.m.
• Cole Bros. Circus, shows 4:30 and 8 p.m., Frederick County Fairgrounds.
• Firefighters’ reception and awards presentation, 6-9 p.m., Millwood Station Banquet Hall, 252 Costello Drive, free admission.
• Fireworks display and night fest, 8-10 p.m., Handley High School, free admission.
• Queen’s Ball, 8 p.m., Shenandoah University, $50.
• 80s dance party, 8 p.m., Sprint tent, 1755 N. Sector Court, $25.


• Weekend in the Park, through Sunday, Jim Barnett Park, $5-$7.50.
• Sports Breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Winchester Moose Lodge, 215 E. Cork St., $25.
• 10K race, 8:30-10 a.m., Handley High School, $35.
• Cole Bros. Circus shows at 10 a.m., 5 and 8 p.m., Frederick County Fairgrounds.
• Street show, noon-1 p.m., Handley High School, free admission.
• Grand Feature Parade, 1:30 p.m.
• Square dance, 8-11 p.m., Charlotte DeHart Elementary School, 550 Virginia Ave., featuring Capitol Squares Exhibition Team, $10.
• Country music party, 8-11:45 p.m., Sprint tent, 1755 N. Sector Court, $25.

• Bluegrass Festival featuring Bud’s Collective performing at 10 a.m. and noon; The Howlin’ Brothers at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at 2 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50.
• Cole Bros. Circus shows at 1: 30 and 4:30 p.m., Frederick County Fairgrounds.

Strasburg Museum
The Strasburg Museum will open today. Hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October 31. Small admission fee. To volunteer: 465-3728 or 465-5281.

Spring carnival
Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg will hold a spring carnival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be activities and games for children, food by local Boy Scout troops, fire truck rides, face painting, vendors, child ID kits. Punch cards are $5 for 20 activities.

Masterworks Chorus

Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley will present a concert “Come On and Hear” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for ages 12 to 18 and free for children under 12. Information/tickets: 740-3248 or www.masterworkschorus.com.

Virginia Gold Cup
The Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains. Six hurdle and timber horses races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tent, tailgate and hat contests, vendor booths. Admission fee: $85. Information: 540-347-2612, www.vagoldcup.com.

Kahler exhibit
The Living Sky Foundation will display works by Frederick Kahler and guest blacksmith artist Nol Putnam from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at River District Arts, 3 River Lane, Sperryville.

Kahler designed and built the bell tower at Fort Benning, Georgia, and painted the murals for the Airborne Chapel. He creates drawings made with watercolor and ink applied with a steel tip pen. His collections are at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

Information: 540-987-8770 or www.riverdistrictarts.org.

The Warren County Fraternal Order of Police will hold its annual carnival beginning 6:30 p.m. Saturday through May 9 at Bing Crosby Stadium, Front Royal.

Battle of Cedar Creek
The National Park Service will give a two-hour guided car caravan tour of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown at 2 p.m. every Saturday in May. Information: www.nps.gov/cebe.

Kernstown Battlefield
Kernstown Battlefield will open for the season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester.

Guided tours of the 1854 Pritchard House are available for $3 admission for ages 12 and older. Admission is free. Information: 540-869-2896 or www.kernstownbattle.org.

Brandywine Battle
The Manassas Museum will host author Michael Harris, who will discuss his book “Brandywine, a Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 9101 Prince William St., Manassas.

Information: 703-257-8457 or www.manassasmuseum.org.