Blandy Farm celebrates changing Ginkgo Grove

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The State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Farm is celebrating GinkgoFest tonight from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Their 3.3 acre collection of 300 trees is the largest grove in the United States and currently in its most vivid golden color.

There will also be live music, food and drinks, Plein Air Art in the Grove, and staff on hand to educate about the history and growth of Ginkgos.

The lighting will be perfect during this time for photography but bring a flashlight for your walk back.

They will also have shuttles from the parking lot to near the Ginkgo Grove .

The trees emit a stinky fruit so it’s recommended to wear plastic coverings over your shoes to not bring the smell home.

Tickets are available here but visitor’s are still welcome during Blandy’s regular public hours.

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47th Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival returns

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The 47th Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival is back at the Frederick County Fairgrounds from 10 am to 5 pm today and tomorrow.

Saturday will feature events like the Classic Car and Hot Rod show from 11 am to 3 pm and the apple pie baking contest at noon.

All weekend there will be live music, kids activities like inflatables, a petting zoo, and pony rides, and everything apples, from apple butter to apple dumplings.

Admission is $10 and free for kids under 10, law enforcement, and military.

Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Winchester’s local charities.

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WoodsTACO Street Taco Festival returns

WoodsTACO Street Taco Festival takes over downtown Woodstock today from noon to 5 pm.

The third annual competition will welcome eight professional and four amateur teams including last year’s winners.

Mary’s Botanitas and Flour & Water Co. were last year’s professional category winners.

The Padilla’s took the crown in the amateur categoty.

The event is free to attend.

Tasting ticket holders will sample and vote on the different entries.

Additional tacos will be for sale for those not participating in judging.

They will also have live music from Junkfood and Ali’s Folklore Mexicano dancers.

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Sunflower Festival returns to Luray

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The 3rd Annual Page Valley Sunflower Festival is tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm at Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park.

The event is part of a partnership between the Page Alliance for Community Action, the Town of Luray, Luray Downtown Initiative, Page County Farmers Association and Page Valley Art Council.

The 1k fun run through the sunflower fields begins at 10 am then enjoy the rest of the day of fun which will include hayrides to the sunflower fields, a petting zoo, live music, and specials throughout downtown Luray.

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SVSGEA Steam Show is back in Berryville

The Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association Steam Show is back in Berryville this weekend.

The festivities started yesterday at the Clarke County Fairgrounds and will continue through Sunday with activities for the whole family.

This year will feature Oliver tractors, Galloway engines, and White trucks.

There will also be live demonstrations, craft and food vendors, and live music from Bryan Sheppard tonight.

This evening will also include the always popular horse pull competition.

Tomorrow will be the second tractor pull of the weekend, with the first having taken place on Friday.

Children under 12 are free and can compete in the pedal tractor pull each day of the show at 2 pm.

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Christmas in July in the Shenandoah Valley

It’s Christmas in July around the Shenandoah Valley!

The Merchants on Main are hosting the festivities in Front Royal with deals in many of the businesses downtown, live music, and a surprise you will have to be there to see.

There will also be a visit from Santa Clause at the Gazebo starting at 11 am.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation are getting in the holiday spirit as well with a showing of The Grinch at Clearbrook Pool.

The movie will begin at 7 pm and only credit cards will be taken at the gate. 

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Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival takes over MSV

The Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival is today from 1 pm – 7 pm at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

There will be numerous local wineries and vineyards represented as well as craft and food vendors.

Live music will be playing all day with 3 different bands including Randy Black and Friends, Spencer Hatcher and The Ol’ Son Gang, and Don’t Look Up Band.

Tickets are $35 at the gate and include entrance to the galleries and gardens including the new Origami In The Garden Exhibit.

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Mayfest returns to Strasburg

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It is Mayfest once again in Strasburg!

The festivities got started yesterday with the Heels and Hops luncheon and music in the Strasburg Square.

Today will feature some of the marquis events like the Duck Race at 1 pm and the parade at 4 pm.

This year has some improvements as well like the free kids zone and nearly double the vendors.

The Strasburg Square and Emporium will have live music starting at 11 am with Souled Out taking the stage at 6:30 pm.

Sunday will cap things off with the Ole Timers baseball game at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

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7th Annual Family Fun Day in Front Royal

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Today is the 7th Annual Family Fun day in Downtown Front Royal as a part of the First Friday’s Weekend.

Fun Flix Friday was postponed yesterday, but today a New Orleans style parade will get things started at 10 am.

They will line up on Luray Avenue and also close portions of Main Street, Royal Avenue, Chester Street, and 3rd Street.

Then stick around for some live music, plenty of activities for the kids, and a crawfish boil.

Many local shops and vendors will also stay open during this event which will wrap up at 6 pm.

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Blandy Farm’s 32nd Annual Garden Fair

The 32nd Annual Garden Fair hosted by Blandy Experimental Farm is back for Mother’s Day weekend.

This year’s event is held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds from 9 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

This plant sale will everything you can imagine from unique plants and trees to gardening accessories as well as experts to provide tips on how to help your plants flourish.

The event will also feature live music and food trucks.

Entry costs $10 per car load with proceeds going to the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm.

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