Family fun and games at Shenandoah County Fair

Bailey Langston, 10, of Mount Jackson, focuses on her portion of the community mural at the fair on Saturday. Ashley Miller/Daily

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Fair is underway, with numerous events planned for this week.

On Saturday, families from Shenandoah County and beyond enjoyed the Family Fun & Games with Shenandoah Community Fellowship at the fair.

Kim Hitt, executive director of Saturday’s event, noted that “serving the community is what it’s all about.”

Not only do Hitt and her volunteers feed off the energy, but they say they love the looks on the children’s faces when they learn that the games are free.

“The excitement from the kids builds our excitement” Hitt said.

Shenandoah Community Fellowship Volunteer William Ferguson, 11, right, shows Evan Mercer how to catch the penny in a game at the Shenandoah County Fair on Saturday. Ashley Miller/Daliy

Tracey Asbridge, of Fort Valley, said “it’s all about spreading love and action within our community.”

William Ferguson, 11, volunteered to help his church for the third year in a row. “I like helping kids and spreading God’s will” he said. When asked what his favorite part of the fair was, he said “the Ferris wheel.”

Even the youngest fairgoer had a chance to find the hidden ball under the red cups.

“We enjoy seeing people communicate with one another,” Hitt said. “It’s what brings us all together.”

Volunteers from Shenandoah Community Fellowship, which was founded in 2000 and is an independent member of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, has provided this free event for children for the past three years. Face painting, coloring, bell and hammer, story time and other activities attracted passersby as well as church members.

Sara Atkins, 8, of Mount Jackson, has her face painted to look like Wonder Woman. Ashley Miller/Daily

Free Golden books were given to each child, while popcorn and banter were provided for the parents.

Family fun didn’t stop when the sun went down. Fairgoers on Saturday also enjoyed a chili dog eating contest, modified truck and tractor pulls, and a concert by Michael O’Brien, a solo Christian artist.

Events This Week

Monday: Demolition Derby.

Tuesday: Pick-up truck drag races, Kid’s Day.

Wednesday: Martina McBride, Senior Appreciation Lunch.

Thursday: William Michael Morgan, Veteran’s Day.

Friday: Dwight Yoakam.

Saturday:  Monster Truck Show.