Fairs & Festivals

Shenandoah County Fair kicks off today

Donald Devans, 56, a ride operator for  Penwood and D & K Shows of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,  assembles the Zipper ride at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock. The fair rides open this evening.  Rich Cooley/Daily

August 28, 2015

Nine days of fair fun and food await those attending the 98th annual Shenandoah County Fair starting today, and fair manager Tom Eshelman said that attendees will be able to enjoy some new musical performances and even get their own stint in the spotlight this year.

Best of beards at Warren County Fair

Roger Sauciar, 65, center,  Greg Powell, 52, left, and Dubby White, 63, right, all of Front Royal, participated in the beard and mustache contest at the Warren County Fair on Thursday.   Rich Cooley/Daily

August 6, 2015

Competitors for the beard and mustache contest lined up on stage at the Warren County Fair’s Wonder Building Thursday evening to show off their whiskers and win prizes.

Fair vendors add spicy twist to French fries

Miranda Hendry serves up a tray of Crabby Fries with Wayne Schafer's homemade crab dip at a Big Fat Daddy's tent at the Frederick County Fair. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

July 30, 2015

STEPHENSON – After attendees of the Frederick County Fair see the truck and tractor pull or the new skid steer rodeo, they may go for a classic choice of French fry finger food.

Swinging into Mayfest

Kiera Miller, 5, of Strasburg rides the swings during the Mayfest Carnival on Friday evening on the Strasburg Town Lot.  Mayfest continues today through Sunday with the parade, which begins at 3 p.m., highlighting Saturday's activities.  Rich Cooley/Daily

May 15, 2015

Kiera Miller, 5, of Strasburg rides the swings during the Mayfest Carnival on Friday evening on the Strasburg Town Lot.

‘Small-town flavor’ to savor

Country music singer Lee Greenwood, the Firefighters Marshal for this year's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, speaks during a media interview Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily

May 1, 2015

Longtime singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood made his first ever trek to Winchester for the 88th Apple Blossom Festival as the Grand Marshall for the Firefighter’s Parade on Friday.

Young At Heart Luncheon

Bill Green, 79, of Strasburg gets a dance with Apple Blossom Queen designate Natasha Bure during the Young at Heart Luncheon held Thursday under the Sprint Tent in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

April 30, 2015

Attendees at Thursday’s The Willows at Meadow Branch Young at Heart Luncheon danced to the music provided by big-band orchestra, For Dancers Only, under the Sprint Tent in Winchester. The luncheon, part of the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, also featured a visit by Queen Shenandoah designate Natasha Bure. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily

Speaker offers advice on corporate culture

Anthony McBride, principal and chief human resources officer for Edward Jones, speaks during the Valley Health Business-at-the-Bloom Luncheon held Thursday in Winchester.  Rich Cooley/Daily

April 29, 2015

The chief human resources officer for Edward Jones explained to an audience at the Valley Health: Business at the Bloom luncheon Wednesday why the investment firm has consistently ranked among Fortune magazine’s best places to work.

A taste of Irish spring

Steve and Maggie Sill stand in front of their booth that features a replica of the Blarney Castle  at Saturday's Irish Spring Fest in Front Royal. Kevin Green/Daily

March 8, 2015

Fresh in the midst of a bitterly cold winter, residents and out-of-town visitors received a small taste of Ireland at the Irish Spring Festival in Front Royal on Saturday.

Shenandoah AutumnFest

October 19, 2014

The fourth annual Shenandoah AutumnFest drew people out on a sunny but windy day Saturday to eat barbecue and sample cigars, local wines and whiskey. The event was a fundraiser hosted by the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce at the fairgrounds in Woodstock.