Posted: Thursday, August 07th, 2014

Harvest Days Festival Pony RideCome and celebrate the fall season the first weekend in October at the Annual Harvest Days Festival!

The 19th annual Harvest Days Festival will bring a major celebration to Virginia’s only lakeside town on October 3rd & 4th. The event will reap a list of activities of things to do for the whole family!

Friday Night

2013 Oktoberfest night

Friday night starting at 7pm we will be hosting the Oktobefest Beer Garden, with live music, fall & domestic beer & food. This event will be located at the corner of 5th & Virginia Avenue, till 10:30 pm. Admission at the gate will be $5. Food & beer will be available for purchase with ID. This event is for 21 and over.

Harvest Days Festival Pumpkin Painting Early Saturday the vendors will line the streets facing the storefronts and sidewalks along Virginia Avenue offering seasonal crafts, specialty items, antiques, collectibles and antiquities (items of an era) from 9 am to 3 pm. In addition to the vendors, the one-of-a-kind specialty shops and restaurants will offer specials throughout the downtown area, enjoy our annual fundraising auction along with a host of games & crafts for the kids to participate in and a galore of farm animals to see, & ponies to ride.

Come out and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and the activities that are available. The event is opened to the public and there is no admission charge. This year the festival will continue into the late afternoon & evening, 4 pm-9 pm with the Lake Country last Cruise-in for 2014. Harvest Days Festival is hosted by the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact us or call(434) 374-2436  or check out the schedule of events on our facebook page.


 

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Each year we send out secret judges to rate & award 4 crafters for Best in Show with 1st place , 2nd , 3rd & honorable mention & those three judges go their own way & span 7 blocks to hunt for their favorite display. They rate them for attractiveness of their booth, quality, beauty and difficulty of craft and friendliness of crafter. Below you’ll find this year’s winners.

Wood-Carvings-By-Gamaliel-Tejeda

Gamaliel’s Wood Carvings won first in show awards him with $150, He is from Franklinton, NC

Linda Patrick Studios

Linda Patrick Studios, artwork of watercolors of rural VA, awarded $75, is from Lyndhurst VA

The Reinvented Home

The Reinvented Home, awarded $50 to Darlene Kelly with her Repurposed furniture & accessories, from Beaufort, SC

Colonial Wagon & Wheel

Colonial Wagon & Wheel, Metal Lawn & garden art, awarded Dave Anders Honorable mention of $25 and is from Lancaster, Ohio

 


 

Posted: Wednesday, July 02nd, 2014

Here comes the 37th Annual Lakefest! This year is looking to be a wonderful time of celebration here in Virginia’s only Lakeside Town. Below you’ll find detailed information on some of this year’s happenings; from Helicopter Rides to The Antique Auto Show, and a 5K Run/walk-hosted by the Clarksville YMCA. For registration details and to sign up to participate in the 5K Run call 434-374-5858 or download the application here. Please use the links below and to the left to explore just some of this year’s offerings.

photo by Justin Eubank

photo by Justin Eubank


 

Posted: Tuesday, July 01st, 2014

2014 Lakefest TshirtsThe Official 2014 Lakefest t-shirts have arrived and they are spectacular!  The artwork depicted on the back of each shirt depicts snapshot pictures —the hot-air balloons and the fireworks; Jaqueline Eubanks created the winning Lakefest design.  Each shirt also has the official ADMIRAL Sponsor, HP Logo on the right sleeve, & our new Captain sponsors, Clarksville McDonald’ s logo imprinted on the left sleeve.

The shirts come in a variety of colors—White, Sapphire Blue, Lime, Red, black & Pink, they range in sizes from youth small to adult XXX-large.  Youth shirts are $14 each, adults up to x-large are $18 and XX’s and XXX’s are $20. We also have brought back a limited supply of TANKS, ladies tanks are white & Black and unisex tanks are Lime & Sapphire, sizes & colors vary from small to XL sizes. Get yours before they are gone!

New & exciting this year is the official LAKEFEST branded accessories!! They are available while supplies last!! Water bottles & tumblers are $8 each. Mini water squinter is only $5, and Lakefest decals are $4 for small or $8 for large. Hurry and get yours today!!!

T-shirts & tanks are now available at the Clarksville Chamber Office (105 Second Street), the Virginia Avenue Mall (317 Virginia Avenue), and the Clarksville Town Office (321 Virginia Avenue).  Proceeds from the shirts will help with the various expenses of Lakefest such as live bands, fireworks and hot-air balloons.  The 37th annual Lakefest is scheduled for July 17-19.

The Clarksville Chamber is very excited & thankful to have teamed up with our T-shirt Sponsors for this year’s Lake Festival! Pictured below displaying the official Lakefest t-shirt with their logo on the sleeves of this year’s design, is Holly Elliott of HP and Jayson Jones, swing manager at the Clarksville McDonalds.


 

Posted: Friday, June 20th, 2014

2014 Lakefest RaffleThis year’s Lakefest raffle host prizes that will give the winner many reasons to spend their time outdoors with their family or friends this summer with a great LAKEFEST after party celebration and for many weekends to come.

This set include Four Adirondack Chairs donated by Talbert Building Supply in Clarksville, these chairs will compliment any patio, front porch, campsite or beach front space at your desired location.  Your attention will be centered on the custom made fire pit made right here in Virginia by the Virginia Fire pit company located in Axton, VA. They will be attending as a vendor selling their fire pits at Lakefest, so if you don’t win this one you can get one custom made just for you. Another talking piece will be your LAKEFEST galvanized beverage ice tub & stand, keeping your favorite beverages nice and chilled in the warm summer heat and cooled if you’re near the fire pit grilling your favorite outdoor BBQ or even S’mores for the kids.

Kids aren’t forgotten in this raffle or even the big kids for that matter, the chamber has donated two new “Official LAKEFEST” squirt guns, Lakefest’s first branded toy.

The Chamber also has donated two Lakefest branded Water bottles & two beverage tumblers and you will be sporting two new Lakefest t-shirts also donated by the Chamber.

(We have purchased additional Squirt Guns, water bottles & tumblers and will be available soon for purchase at the Chamber office & at Lakefest while supplies last).

If you’re cooling down in the Lake or Pool this summer, you will love the EZ Lounge Float, donated by Southside Marine & Auto.

It wouldn’t be summer, without a night of camping outside even if yours own backyard, with this Coleman tent you will have no reason not to.  Also included in this raffle are outdoor decorative accessories to make your summer entertaining fun.

So purchase your tickets to this summer fun host of prizes, and when you win, this will be a LAKEFEST you won’t forget!

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win:

  • Four Adirondack Chairs
  • Custom made Cast Iron Fire Pit
  • “Welcome to the Lake” sign, donated by RE/MAX Perspective
  • Galvanized drink Tub and Stand
  • Coleman – 2 person Tent
  • Obrien EZ Lounge Float
  • 3 fish shaped serving dishes
  • 3 Beach Niks- donated by RE/MAX Perspective
  • 2 Lakefest T-shirt
  • 2 Lakefest Tumblers
  • 2 Lakefest water bottles
  • 2 Lakefest Squirt Guns

The drawing will be held on Friday evening during one of the band’s breaks on July 18, at the main stage area (behind Wells Fargo Bank) and you need not be present to win. This raffle is valued at more than $700.

Tickets for the LAKEFEST OUTDOOR SUMMER FUN Raffle are available at the Clarksville Chamber Office (105 Second Street); they are $5 per ticket or three for $12 or six for $20.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Lakefest funds that help to supplement the costs involved with the hot air balloons, fireworks and many other venues of the 37th annual event (slated for July 17-19).  For more information on the raffle or the festival, call the Chamber at 434-374-2436.


 

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Lakefest-Hot-Air-BalloonsLakefest Highlights start on Thursday…Come out and enjoy the beauty of the hot-air balloons! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spend the evening watching the balloons inflate and provide fun, FREE hot-air balloon rides for children 12 and younger. This event is scheduled forThursday, July 17, starting at 6 pm at the Lake Country Business Park located on Noblin Farm Road (next to Clarksville Elementary School).

Hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and ice cream treats will be available, courtesy of MeadowView Terrace. Children’s games, a dunking booth and other activities will be available at the event, too, all courtesy of Halifax Regional Health System. A minimal fee will be charged for the food and activities; however, all proceeds will be donated to the Southeastern Alzheimer’s Association.

With the weather cooperating (pilot can fly only when the wind is less than 10 mph and there are no storms within a 60 mile radius), all activities will continue until dusk. For more information, contact the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at 434-374-2436.


 

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

2014 Lakefest Auto ShowEnter your antique automobiles in the 20th annual Antique Auto Show, which will be featured at Lakefest in Clarksville on Saturday, July 19, at Century 21 On the Lake (412 Virginia Avenue) and the lawn areas adjacent to realty office. Great trophies will be made in the categories of

  1. Hard Luck Story,
  2. Oldest Vehicle,
  3. Longest Distance Traveled,
  4. Diamond in the Rough and
  5. The most important trophy of the show; Tom Lilly BEST IN SHOW Award.

Among those who have registered their vehicle in the show, there will be two prizes of $50 each that will be given away that afternoon.

To register your vehicle for the show, complete a registration form (available at Century 21 On the Lake or at the Chamber Office or Click Here to Download/Print) and return with the $10 fee prior to festival or $20 day of the show. The application can be mailed out or faxed to those interested in participating. For more information about registering your vehicle for the show, contact Century 21 On the Lake (434-374-2279) or the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce (434-374-2436) or HERE.


 

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Paul Jackson, Helicopter Pilot, has been flying since June 2006. His generosity supports such organizations as:

  • Trucker’s Parade for Cancer, Charlotte County & Nelson County, Va.
  • Farmville Chamber of Commerce
  • Ruritan Club of South Hill Va.
  • Phenix Volunteer Fire Dept.

Helicopter Rides Clarksville Lake FestivalHe also spearheaded the fun fundraisers of a Golf Ball and Easter Egg Drop for numerous organizations.

Paul has been flying excited children and adults in helicopter rides at Lakefest for four years now. He and his Helicopter were recently featured on the popular reality TV show:  “Lizard Lick Towing”.

You will see Paul flying over the beautiful Buggs Island lake most any weekend in his green & gold Helicopter (his preferred means of travel). Be sure to give him a wave when you see him hover over.

We are lucky to welcome back Paul Jackson to Lakefest again this year! Take advantage of seeing Lake Country from the air! It is a memory you will never forget.


 

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

EuroBungyWhat does Flying Super Spinner, Scooby Doo, Thomas the Train, Fun Slide, Jurassic Adventure, Windjammer Kite Flyer and Rock Climbing Wall mean to Lakefest?  Too much fun!

Back in by popular demand is the  Euro-Bungy trampoline jump which provides acrobatic heights and flips to exhilarate little daredevils.

The trackless tram will be running the streets again Saturday 10am-5pm.

To give an extra boost to the entertainment possibilities in Clarksville for Lakefest weekend, the Chamber has contracted with Fun Time Amusements of Danville to insure rides and games for all ages will be available.  A total of nine activities will be in Clarksville for all to enjoy.

Fun Time Amusements has been providing family entertainment for more than 55 years and they plan to bring a wonderful array of rides and games that will enhance the main stage area adjacent Third Street (access at the corner of Third and Virginia Avenue) on Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night.  Most of the rides and games will be located on the grassy lot adjacent to the area.

The company’s top priority is that of safety for their patrons and their guests.  Safety mechanisms on all rides are constantly monitored on an on-going basis, and the rides are inspected by Virginia State Safety compliance.  Likewise, they perform their own electrical and safety checks before equipment operation and then, the State of Virginia’s safety officials’ follow-up with their inspections.  In addition, employees of Fun Time Amusements who will be operating the rides are experienced and specially trained on an on-going basis.  Besides the rides, Fun Time Amusements will also provide two “prize every-time” game booths that will be well stocked with prizes for the young and the young-at-heart.   Games will be dart balloon bust and kids fishing game.  As always, we will have cotton candy, candy/caramel apples, popcorn, sno-cones, and fresh lemonade.


 

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
(Click Here to View, Print and/or Download the Parking & Shuttle Map)

Parking? We get that question a lot here in our office, and to make life a little less stressful for Clarksville during Lakefest, the Chamber has hired a shuttle bus from Carolina Livery-Mobility Solutions. This service will  help with the age old question on where to park? This way you don’t have to worry about being stuck on the side street with all those others trying & hoping to find a spot nearby.

Parking & Shuttle Service—Festivalgoers are encouraged to Park & Ride.  Parking $5 per vehicle; there is no charge to ride the shuttles to and from the festival.  Parking will be at the Lake County Business Park, on Noblin Farm Road.  The Shuttle will run from 8 am until 6 pm.


 

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

SANDY FEAT - ENO 2010One of the events major attractions to Lakefest each year is the Sand Sculpture. We wait for almost three whole days to figure out what great work of art will be carved out of that huge pile of sand. The attraction located in the Pocket Park, located at the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, near the LOVE sign.  Back this year is Ed Moore who was here in 2012 and has been the main sand artist for Lakefest for many years. Ed is  the Founder of Sandy Feat sand sculpture group, grew up to be an architect. But he never gave up on his childhood pastime, which resulted in ever more complex creations, from elaborate castles built on beach vacations to the scores of sculptures he has cut into blocks of wet sand since founding the professional sand-sculpting team Sandy Feat 24 years ago

He has a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, is a N.C. State University Residence, lives in  Raleigh with his wife, Sally Moore. The Moore  family has a long history at N.C. State, where he, his father and one of his sons all earned degrees. Moore says his father would often recall a tradition there from the 1920s called “Rush the Grand,” in which groups of students would take the trolley downtown to the Grand Theater. (Later called the Ambassador Theater, it has since been razed.) A large enough group would overwhelm the attendants, allowing the students to get in free.


 

Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Top20EventsLogo_mediumThe Virginia Lake Festival, held the third full weekend of each July in Clarksville, Virginia, was again chosen as “One of the Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society.  This year’s event marks the Town’s 37th Annual Event and July 17-19, promises to be the event not to be missed.

Since 1985, the Southeast Tourism Society has published the Top 20 Events.  Each month, hundreds of the best events across the Southeast compete to be named a Top 20 Event.  Southeast Tourism Society publishes the list of winners quarterly and sends the list to over 800 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution prints the Top 20 Events as a regular quarterly feature of its travel section, and the Top 20 Events has recently been featured on the New Orleans-based radio show “Travel Talk Radio,” just to name a few.  The combined circulation runs into the millions.  The Top 20 Events are also listed on the Southeast Tourism Society website www.southeasttourism.org and on their consumer website www.escapetothesoutheast.com.  The Top 20 Events pages are consistently among the most visited pages on the STS sites.

The Top 20 Events represents the best festivals the Southeast has to offer.  Events that win this honor benefit from the widespread exposure and prestige that being named a Top 20 Events affords.

Founded in 1983, the Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to the promotion & development of tourism to its member states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The membership includes state travel offices, attractions, hotels, motels, resorts, convention & visitors bureaus, airlines, car rental agencies, newspapers, magazines and other travel related organizations.

 


 

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Clarksville-Lakefest-2014-SignageIf you’re driving downtown and drive by the Clarksville Fine Arts Center and look to the right you might have already noticed the newly updated, brightly colored welcome sign featuring two of the Virginia Lake Festivals highlights on the sign. The old sign was dated & showing some wear (it had been up since 1997) it had been moved to its current location in 2005, the sign used to be located near the town docks and in 1995 was at the corner of 2nd and Virginia Avenue where McDonalds is now.

We wanted to add something to it, so tourists or any passer by would see it. This event brings upwards of 60,000 people to this town each year and we really wanted something that reflects the beauty of this festival into the sign. The Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks are fan favorites. This sign also displays our Admiral and Captain sponsors & logos for a full year for their sponsorship of the Virginia Lake Festival.

The sign design, photographs & construction was provided by Justin Eubank owner of Signs & Designs & Photography by Justin Eubank.

Sheila Cuykendall, Executive Director of the Chamber, Betty D’Ornellas, president of the Chamber and Administrator of MeadowView Terrace…Proudly displaying the Top 20 award & the New Lake Festival host & sponsor welcome sign.  This year’s festival is scheduled for July 17-19


 

Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce in southern Mecklenburg County, Virginia is set to host the LOVE artwork sign at the 37th Annual Virginia Lake Festival otherwise known as LAKEFEST!

VA Love Art Clarksville

Visitors are encouraged to take a family picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter, using the special hashtag ‪#‎LOVEVA ‪#‎LAKEFESTVA.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation will bring an oversized LOVE artwork to Clarksville on July 17th as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. The artwork, which is 16 feet long and more than six feet high, is part of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and promotes the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visitors can come see the LOVE when it arrives July 17th and will be on display at the pocket park on the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, near the sand sculpture, through July 20th.

“Our iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand is about love – pure and simple, and has been for more than 40 years,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “We are excited to share the LOVE at locations throughout the Commonwealth where so many people can enjoy being a part of it. It reminds us that Virginia is an ideal destination for families looking to completely connect on a Virginia vacation.”

“We are thrilled to add this new highlight to the festival this year! Everyone who has been to LAKEFEST, LOVE’s it! There is so much to see and do, from the hot air balloon show, to 5k run, antique car show, amusement rides for the kids, to great entertainment, 150 arts & craft vendors, food galore & Fireworks! We want to invite everyone to our free event! Having the LOVE sign will be something new & fun and we also see it and an opportunity to promote tourism to our area.” said Sheila Cuykendall, executive director of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2010, tourism generated $19 billion in revenue, supported 204,000 jobs and generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit www.Virginia.org to learn more or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

Photo provided by Virginia Tourism Corporation (Virginia.org)


 

Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Live on Stage July 18th: Josh Rogan

Josh-RoganThe music is Americana. Blues. Rock and Roll. And a dream. Not just an American dream—a universal dream, to be free, exchange stories, share music, to ride the open road. A dream of getting there, wherever there may be. But perhaps Rogan says it best himself, “Having a dream keeps you going, that’s for sure. If you have something you want and you don’t have it yet, it gets you up every day.”

Josh Rogan is true grit, living the love he sings. His music is rock roll soul with a near constant message: you’ve got to dream to make it happen, and it ain’t nothing if you don’t believe. It is about the emotions we share, it’s about down-and-out and up-and-up, it’s about freedom, fear, hope, passion, thrills and the beauty of the open country. Ben Sellers at Cville Weekly says Rogan’s “dark bluesy rock might just as easily have hopped from the same rail that carried Elvis into Memphis, or drifted ashore in the same Baha tide that produced Chris Isaak.” Rogan’s first two albums contained a gritty, hard-driven rock and roll sound. With his latest, At the End of the Day, he has tapped back into his acoustic blues roots and plays heart-felt, wrenching soulful original tunes. The album tells the story of his life with songs resurrected from a childhood of adventure and story-searching. The last track Scottsville Rain is a combination of old and new with an updated song written on a train in Spain as he sailed around the world on a tall ship at seventeen. It begins with a personal recording of a thunderstorm falling on beer cans at his house in Scottsville, Virginia. Rogan’s songwriting has a simple style where the silence is as important as the notes. The songs are about loss, longing, love, and the pain and joy of being human. He sings with a compassion that says I understand the feeling and I’ve been there too.

Performing live on Stage July 19th, 11 am to 2 pm: Celeste Kellogg & JRyan!

VIRGINIA LAKE FESTIVAL POSTERSinger/songwriter and top 40 finalist on X-Factor. J.Ryan received 4 yes’s from the judges including SIMON! J. Ryan is a 14-year-old singer-songwriter from the south & is a guitarist, and musician.

Opening for J.Ryan is Celeste Kellogg, an Actress, Songwriter and Nashville Recording Artist. Like many kids she started singing in her church and school choirs. It didn’t take long for her to realize this is what she wanted to do. A few years later, Radio Disney was holding auditions for a NEW Tween Pop Group called RD7 and she made it. They opened for Raven, The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and the Cheetah Girls. It didn’t stop there, she also performed an hour long show at the Kelly Clarkson, Addicted To Love Tour.

 Performing live on Stage July 19th: The Green Boys!

Green-Boys

The Green Boys are a four-piece band based out of Richmond, Virginia. Equally mislabeled as bluegrass, folk, or honky-tonk, the boys sometimes mention the idea of being a part of a “country-revival”. It’s a half-serious notion that nonetheless approaches the crux of the band’s complex sound. The Green Boys are led by brothers Sean and Ryan Green, each a songwriter coming from and delivering very different lyrical and melodic styles. Yet like the Louvin, Delmore, or even today’s Avett Brothers, the distinction between the two voices is grounded by a blood harmony, their edges blending towards a commonality.

Rounded out by the talented Mike Emmons and Zack Miller, the band’s live show is a trek through low-tempo lap steel melancholies, banjo and mandolin barnstorming, and jug band sing-alongs. All the while, their well-honed hooks tend to catch the ear. The Green Boys flirt with many genres, yet the focus never strays far from their goal. The melody, the lyric, and the feeling assembled into the band’s small contribution to what they feel is a national revival of a simple ideal: the songwriter is the singer, the sound is the way it feels, the words, simple too, are the way it was and is.

The Green Boys released a self-entitled EP in 2010 and will release their first full-length album in early 2013. They have shared the stage with artists such as Southern Culture on the Skids, NO BS Brass, Jackass Flats, The Hot Seats, Frontier Ruckus, Spirit Family Reunion and Folk Soul Revival. They have played many prominent regional venues and frequent the Virginia festival circuit including a 2012 first-place finish in the Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival band contest.


 

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