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Come out and enjoy the final day of the New River Valley Fair in Dublin this Saturday July 29th starting at 9:30 am.

Saturday Schedule of Events:
• 9:30 am: Open Sheep Show (Richardson Building Arena)
• 1:00 pm: Beef Cattle Showmanship (Richardson Building Arena)
• 2:00 pm: Gates and Rides Open
• 2:00-3:00 pm: Free Gate Admission (only one hour)
• 2:00-10:00 pm: Exhibit Halls Open
• 2:00 pm: Miss Rodeo Virginia Pageant (Bud Walsh Arena)
• 4:00 pm: Market Goat and Market Lamb Shows (Livestock Arena)
• 4:00 pm: Appalachian Hoedowners Performance (Wysor Building)
• 4:00-6:00 pm: Miss Izzy as Belle presented by Ballet with Miss Rachel (Wysor Building)
• 5:00 pm: Cutest Little Farmer Contest (Wysor Building)
• 6:00 pm: Terry Mullins in Concert (Wysor Building)
• 7:00 pm: Bulls & Barrels (Adults: $10.00, Children 6 & Under: Free)
(Bud Walsh Arena)
• 7:00 pm: Hootin' & Hollerin' Contest (Wysor Building)
• 8:00 pm: Eric Gress in Concert (Back Porch Stage)

The Bulls & Barrels rodeo will be held on Saturday in the Bud Walsh Arena. Tickets are $10.00 for Grandstand Seating and children 6 & under are free. 

The New River Valley Fairgrounds is located at 5581 Fairgrounds Circle in Dublin, VA.

Photo provided by the NRV Fair

Adventures in the New River Valley-Superhero Science

by Desi Sowers

Join the librarians at the Christiansburg Library Saturday July 22 from 1pm-2pm for Superhero Science.  Come out and learn about the science behind some of your favorite superheroes.  Superman, Storm, Magneto, and more – join us for some super science!

 

The Pulaski Yankees minor league baseball team hosts the Burlington Royals on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM along with the Bluegrass and Baseball promtion at historic Calfee Park. 

Come out to Calfee Park and enjoy America's favorite pastime along with local live bluegrass bands! ShadowGrass will be performing a pre-game concert. Loose Gravel Band will provide post-game music. The first 500 fans will receive an authentic Pulaski Yankees guitar pick.

Tickets can be purchased at the gates on game day or online. To purchase tickets online, here.

Photo and information provided by the Pulaski Yankees

Adventures in the New River Valley: Music on the Lawn

by Desi Sowers

The Christiansburg Library presents their 2017 Music On The Lawn Concert Series featuring the Davis Bradley Duo on Saturday, July 8, 2017 beginning at 7 pm.

Kathy Davis & Bradley Bishop have teamed up to present a one of a kind musical experience which is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone! They draw from their individual bluegrass, old time, and swing influences, to create something magical, while remaining true to the roots of the music they love. Fans can expect to hear fresh renditions of the classics as well as several original compositions. This dynamic song mix has helped to extend their combined reach, holding the door wide open to welcome those in search of something new and unique!

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for an evening under the stars. In the case of inclement weather, everything will be moved inside.

Photo provided by the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library

Christiansburg

Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Christiansburg for vendors, local bands, a kids' area, Touch a Truck, your favorite Christiansburg Farmers' Market regulars and much more!

But the party's not over once we leave Main Street! Come on out to the Christiansburg High School stadium that evening for your favorite fireworks show. The stadium opens at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks starting around 9:15.

The rain date for fireworks is Wednesday, July 5, at 9:15 p.m.

Blacksburg

The Town of Blacksburg and the Mount Tabor Ruritan Club present the 31st Annual 4th of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in downtown Blacksburg, VA starting at 2:00 pm.

Enjoy floats, bicycles, wagons, marchers, walkers, antique and classic cars, race cars, horses, fire engines, scouts, bands, sports teams and more in the 31st Annual Blacksburg 4th of July Parade. The parade route begins at the old Blacksburg Middle School property and continues along Main Street ending at Alumni Mall near Virginia Tech's Drillfield.

The parade starts at 2:00 pm and the line-up begins at 1:30 pm.

Beginning at 6:00 pm, the Blacksburg Parks & Recreation Department will have their annual celebration with fireworks and live music at Blacksburg Municipal Park.

Smithfield Plantation Blacksburg

Smithfield Plantation presents their 2017 Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 10 am until 2 pm.

Enjoy the most American holiday at the most historic site in the area!

Activities include:

• Cannon Firing on the Hour

• Apple Pie Baking Contest

• Reading of the Fincastle Resolution and Declaration of Independence

• House Tours available for regular admission

• Living History Camp

• Blacksmith Demonstrations

• Colonial Dancing

and much more!

Admission to the outside activities is free. House tours are regular admission price.

Radford

The City of Radford presents their 2017 "Spirit of America" July 4th Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Bisset Park.

Enjoy a full day of live music, kids activities and attractions including a inflatables, climbing wall and more, food and craft vendors and of course great fireworks to close the event!

Schedule of Events:

• 2:00-8:00 pm - Rides and Games

• 2:00-3:00 pm - Gravel Road (Bluegrass)

• 3:15-4:15 pm - Glen Shelton (Popular Country)

• 4:30-5:30 pm - The Castaways (Beach Music)

• 5:30-5:45 pm - Opening Ceremonies with Mayor Bruce Brown and National Anthem sung by Glen Shelton followed by Patriotic Readings from Dr. Dick Harshberger

• 5:45-6:15 pm - K-9 Exhibition by Radford City Police Department

• 6:30-7:30 pm - David Frizzell (Country)

• 7:45-9:15 pm - Jimmy Fortune (Country)

• 10:00 pm - Fireworks sponsored by Third Security

Adventures in the New River Valley: The Farm Experience

by Desi Sowers

Take a visit to The Farm Experience located in Newport this Saturday June 24, 11:00AM – 2:00PM for Open Farm Day with the Animals.  Come pet, feed, learn about farm animals and get a pony ride on a real farm! Enjoy a day on the farm with your family!  Admission is $5.00 per person and children under 2 are free. Pony rides are $5.00 per ride.

 

Information provided by The Farm Experience

Visit all of the Mary Draper Ingles related sites and learn more about her amazing journey!

  • Ingles Farm open 10AM-3PM, Saturday, June 17, 9 Wilderness Road
  • Mary Draper Ingles statue, open dawn to dusk, June 17 & 18, 601 Unruh Drive
  • Long Way Home exhibit, statue dedication video, souvenirs, Radford Visitor’s Center, June 17, 10 AM-4 PM, June 18, 1 PM-4PM, 600 Unruh Drive
  • Glencoe Museum, June 17, 10AM-4PM (re-enactors on June 17) and June 18, 1-4PM, 600 Unruh Drive. 
  • At the Glencoe Mansion, visitors can learn more about Mary Draper Ingles through displays, artwork and a video. The Glencoe Mansion will provide living history demonstrations that cover both the 18th and 19th centuries and include a display of children’s toys, a look at how women supported life in Colonial days through such activities as weaving. On Saturday, reenactors from the 51st Virginia Infantry, Wharton’s unit during the Civil War, will be provide an encampment on mansion grounds.
  • Obelisk, Westview Cemetery, 1500 Fifth St
  • Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, ‘An Epic Journey’, dawn to dusk, 601 Unruh Drive
  • Mural at Radford Post Ofiice, ‘The Return of Mary Draper Ingles’ by Alexander B. Clayton, 901 W. Main St

‚Äč‚ÄčInformation and photo provided by City of Radford

Adventures in the New River Valley: Booktalk & Bluegrass

by Desi Sowers

The Dublin library is proud to present Booktalk & Bluegrass Saturday June 10th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This event is part of the Crooked Road’s Mountain of Music Homecoming.

The event will include a book talk by author Sharyn McCrumb at 11 am, followed by family-friendly activities and entertainment by local bluegrass band Highgrass as well as a balladeer performance.  Come out and enjoy a day of books and music.

Information provided by Mountains of Music Homecoming

New River Valley Summer Camp Guide 2017

by Desi Sowers

School is out for summer and now it’s time to figure out how to keep your kids engaged, entertained and happy while they are on their break.  Whether you are looking for child-care or simply want some fun activities for your little ones, there is something for everyone in the New River Valley.  Here is sampling of summer programs available: (click links for camp web sites)

Mike McGuire Basketball Camp at Radford University
Radford University’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Mike McGuire, will be hosting basketball camps on the campus of Radford University this summer. Mike McGuire Basketball Camps is committed to providing an educational and fun experience for all ages and abilities. Basketball camp is a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in many ways and we hope you will want to join us at Radford University this summer!

Astro Camp
AstroCamp Virginia Science & Adventure Summer Camp! The rolling hills of Staunton Meadows and Lake Harvey create a unique summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 8-14! AstroCamp Virginia is a science and adventure summer camp located in Clover, Virginia. Campers come each summer to make memories, have fun, and get hands on science and astronomy training while participating in a variety of activities from the scientific to the fun! AstroCamp is a STEM program that pushes campers to deepen their science understanding by participating in space explorations, playing in our state-of-the-art labs, build and launch rockets, and have time nearly every night to use our large array of telescopes to explore the night skies. For those seeking more adventure in their summer camp experience, one of our biggest draws is our motorsports program. Campers can get behind the wheel of our karts or off-road vehicles and strap in for the ride of a lifetime. After the track, campers can enjoy other outdoor adventure activities from swimming, hiking, mountain and BMX biking, craftsmanship and art, and take in our nightly events that change every summer. See more details of our program by clicking here. Campers come to AstroCamp Virginia from all over the country and even internationally to live for a week in our serene and beautiful camp setting. Participation in AstroCamp Virginia programs are open to everyone regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, sex or disability.

GEMS Camp - Girls Empowered at Mountain Shepherd
GEMS are Girls Empowered through exploration of seven survival priorities: positive mental attitude, first aid, shelter, fire, signaling, water, and food. During a five-day overnight experience, GEMS learn the practical skills associated with each priority. Girls also discover the parallels between each survival priority and their lives in the “front country.” GEMS gain an appreciation for their natural and social surroundings through fun — and deceptively educational — activities such as night hikes, team-building games, and biodiversity studies. After five days, GEMS leave with confidence and compassion, knowing more about themselves and how they interpret and interact with their world.

Jo Eloe Productions Camps
In 2017,LoCo Arts’ Summer Shakespeare camp joins forces with JoELoe Productions, LLC to present Hamlet. 8:30am-5:00pm    This week-long theatrical experience provides an opportunity for young thespians to collaborate with an experienced instructor to produce a fun and inventive reimagining of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy! Students will learn the fundamentals of acting and theatre production as they grow into a close-knit cast, and build their confidence onstage! The group’s hard work will be showcased at a matinee performance in the unforgettable, historic Newport Community Center theater on July 15, 2017. Family and friends are invited to the post-production, pot luck cast party. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Camp VA Jaycee
Camp Virginia Jaycee serves children and adults with special needs in an outdoor camping environment. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:3 and there is a Certified Health Care Provider on duty at all times.

Visit our website for updates on things to do in the New River Valley. Thinking about buying or selling a New River Valley VA Real Estate, Call your local expert Desi Sowers 540-320-1328

Adventures in the New River Valley: Bark in the Park

by Desi Sowers

The Human Society of Pulaski County is hosting Bark in the Park at Randolph Park in Dublin this Saturday June 3rd 10 AM-3 PM.  Come out and enjoy a day of fun with the whole family, including your pet! They will have over 30 vendors, food, entertainment, games, and a lot of fun for the whole family! We will also have cats and dogs from the animal shelter onsite available for adoption!

*All dogs brought to the event must have proof of rabies vaccination and be on a leash.*

Admission is $1. Ages 5 and under free.

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