Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

image002The third full weekend of each July brings a tourism & economic boost to Virginia’s Only Lakeside Town—Clarksville.

Offering, Free tethered hot-air balloon rides, sand sculpture artists, live bands, hot-air balloons, arts & crafts show featuring 200 vendors, children’s games & rides, antique car show, helicopter rides, & spectacular fireworks event.

What Makes the Event Special or Unique?

  • All activities noted above are open to the public at no charge.  In addition to the various food vendors, our community organizations assist our guests in a variety of ways.  Nearly everyone in the town (population 1,400) becomes involved with volunteering for the event to insure that our guests have a wonderful and safe weekend.  We provide a shuttle service to shuttle people from outlying parking area. Likewise, a train which transports 18 people (including packages & baby strollers) travels up and down Virginia Avenue for those who would prefer to ride than walk.  Our rescue, fire and police departments are instrumental in insuring that everyone has a wonderful, but safe time.
  • Voted by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2015 as “One of the Top 20 Festivals In The Southeast”, LakeFest (as it is known locally) attracted nearly 70,000 plus visitors in 2014 to view hundreds of attractions including hot air balloons, arts and crafts, live entertainment including music and dancing, great local and ethnic food, and the traditional ‘Gathering Of The Boats’ and fireworks show!
  • Largest event in Mecklenburg County & Southern VA.
  • It is a community/county event & is sponsored by Businesses & Organization in the area.

010The 2015 Virginia Lake Festival would not be possible without the generous support of the business community. Most of all the past sponsors of Lakefest have been supporting this event for many years. We really want to let the public know that sponsorship is open to any business or organization that is interested in helping one of the biggest event in our area. This event benefits not only Clarksville, but the surrounding towns as well. When our hotels & campgrounds are full, many visitors have to go South Hill or South Boston to find accommodations. It reaches beyond our town lines and so we hope that those in other towns reading this, will consider being a part of this event. The event is a fundraiser to help promote tourism & visitors to our area, all the money raised, helps pay for the fireworks, sand artist, hot air balloons, bands & all other cost lakefest incurs and anything left over is reinvested into next years events through advertising and TV commercials and all we do to promote the area. We are also looking to add new features to LAKEFEST each year, but all that depends on the money that we can raise from potential sponsors.

Southern VA needs events like LAKEFEST to help tourism & economic growth to our area. So please consider your Business or organization as an official sponsor for this upcoming event.

Levels of Sponsorship

  • Admiral            $8,000
  • Captain            $4,000
  • Commander   $1,500
  • Officer           $1,000
  • 1st Mate           $500
  • Helmsman        $250
  • Deck Hand        $100

Which each level there are increased promotional benefits that your business will receive for your contribution level. Admiral & Captain levels you will be able to have your business logo on the “Official LAKEFEST” t-shirts, but pledges must be in by May 29th. No money is requested until July 1st.  Every contribution helps!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Request a Sponsorship packet by contacting us online or call the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber 434-374-2436.


 

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Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Top20EventsLogo_mediumVirginia 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 38th Annual Event and July 16-19, 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 websitewww.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: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Virginia Love SignClarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce in southern Mecklenburg County, Virginia is set to once again host the LOVE artwork sign at the 38th Annual Virginia Lake Festival otherwise known as LAKEFEST!

The Virginia Tourism Corporation will bring an oversized LOVE artwork to Clarksville on July 15th 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 it will be on display at the pocket park on the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, near the sand sculpture, through July 22nd.

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

“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 have the LOVE back again this year, it was a fun new feature and we feel that it fits with this festival, and we here in Southern Virginia LOVE LAKEFEST! 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! This year, to celebrate Mecklenburg Counties 250th, there will be a boat parade & on Sunday an event called “AFTERFEST” 2015, Tobacco, Taverns & Travelers by the Lake – A step back in time. We want to invite everyone to our free event!

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.


 

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Posted: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Big Lake Flea Market 2015Come to Clarksville, Virginia Saturday, May 9, to the Big Lake Flea Market, for more unique finds and great bargains. Virginia Avenue will be a buzz with a special selection of vendors and downtown merchants offering arts and crafts, fresh produce, antiques, yard sale items and one-of-a-kind treasures. Treat your tummy to delicious tastes including freshly picked strawberries straight from the patch. Come hungry, too, because the best of the food vendors will be onsite preparing your favorites and the local restaurants will offer specials on their menu throughout the day.

DSC00538Vendors will be located on the pavement (in the parallel parking spaces) along Virginia Avenue from 3rd Street to 6th Street. Thus, vehicle parking will be available in the lots of Wells Fargo Bank and behind the Virginia Avenue Mall, plus on the side streets of Downtown Clarksville.

So, hit the streets early (vendors will be ready at 8:00 a.m.) and make your plans to spend a fun day in Virginia’s only lakeside town.


 

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Posted: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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April 11th, Noon ~ 5pm

9th Annual Lake Country Wine FestivalCome out and enjoy the CHEERS of Clarksville’s Ninth annual “Lake Country Wine Festival” in beautiful Clarksville on the Lake.  This year’s event will host 14 Virginia wineries, great food, live music by Jeff Bailey and Brian Parks, and the opportunity to see friends and meet many new ones.  Relax on historic lawns in downtown and taste nearly 100 varieties of fine Virginia wines and speak with those who have made these vintages possible.  Back again this year we will host a beer tent consisting of three craft brews, one from each of the following micro-breweries:  Sunken City, Chaos Mountain Brewery & Legend Brewing Company.

Clarksville Wine FestivalTickets are now on sale online*, the Chamber of Commerce, Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern, Century 21 on the Lake and Galleria on the Lake, A & K Dock Service, and Virginia Avenue Mall. Tickets in advance are $20, $25 at the gate, ticket includes a souvenir wine glass.  For non-taster/DD tickets in advance are, $10, $15 at the gate; the event is for those 21 years of age and over only and it is a ran/shine event.  Ticket includes a souvenir wine glass.

*PLEASE NOTE: Additional $1 processing charge applies to online purchases. Online ticket purchases will not be sent to you by mail, the tickets will be held at the WILL CALL table at the front gate. Upon purchase you will receive a confirmation email. Tickets are non-refundable.

All festival proceeds will benefit the Town’s Chamber of Commerce and will go towards future projects.  For more information, contact the Chamber or 800-557-5582.

Southern Virginia Wine FestivalWineries attending this year’s Wine Festival are:

  • American Way Country Wines, Chase City
  • Annefield Vineyards, Saxe
  • Bright Meadows Farm, Nathalie
  • Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Fincastle
  • Greenwood Vineyards, Vernon Hill
  • Hilltop Berry Farm & Winery, Nellysford
  • Mattaponi Winery, Spotsylvania
  • Preston Ridge  Winery, Martinsville
  • Rebec  Vineyards & Winery, Amherst
  • Rosemont of Virginia Winery, La Crosse
  • Sans Soucy Vineyards & Winery, Brookneal
  • Stanburn Winery, Stuart
  • The Homeplace Vineyard, Chatham
  • Three Sisters of Shiney Rock, Clarksville
  • Tomahawk Mill Winery, Chatham

Danville Distributing Company will be offering a selection of craft beers from the following Virginia Breweries:

  • Chaos Mountain Brewing, Callaway
  • Legend Brewing Company , Richmond
  • Sunken City,  Hardy

The Craft beer will be sold by the bottle/glass, it is not a tasting venue. Tickets for beer will be sold at the booth for $4.

Live Acoustical for Lake Country Wine Festival

Jeff & BrianWine Festival musical favorites, Brian Parks and Jeff Bailey will be performing live acoustical music at the Ninth Annual “Lake Country Wine Festival” on April 11, from noon-5 pm in Downtown Clarksville.  Parks and Bailey have roots to Lake Country, as they both grew up in Chase City; they have been playing music together for more than 12 years.  Their music genre goes from Van Morrison to Bob Segar to the Allman Brothers—the best of rock, blues, and pop.  Both are accomplished musicians with their vocals and both play guitar; Brian also plays harmonica and saxophone.  Not only will they entertain those at the Wine Festival with their music, they will also entertain with their jokes and fun-loving conversations—these fellows really like to have a good time.  They perform monthly in Raleigh and Cary, as well as performing locally in Clarksville and South Boston, and South Hill.


 

Posted: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Clarksville Lakefest Logo ContestCould your wallet use an extra $250? Consider putting your talents to work for the 2015 Virginia Lake Festival (Lakefest) and become the winner of the reward. The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce encourages area artists to enter the winning logo design for the 38th Lakefest that is scheduled for July 16-18, 2015.

In addition to the cash reward, the winning artist will have their design featured on the official 2015 Lakefest t-shirts and on brochures, flyers and other media promotions of the three-day event, plus be promoted in area newspapers for their accomplishment.

Those wanting to enter the contest may download an entry form here, pick up an entry form at the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, 105 Second Street, or pick one up at the Virginia Avenue Mall or call the Chamber and one will be mailed to you. For artwork designs to be considered in the judging, original and signed entries must be delivered to the Clarksville Chamber Office or submitted by mail to the Lake Festival Committee, P.O. Box 1017, Clarksville, VA, 23927, no later than March 13th, 2015. For more information call the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at (434) 374-2436 or contact us.


 

Posted: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

2015-Volunteer-Fair-ClarksvilleHeld at the Clarksville Community Center, 103 Woodland Drive from 10am to 2pm and Absolutely FREE!

  • Have you ever wondered how to get involved in helping others?
  • Have you wanted to make a difference but don’t know where to start?
  • Are you sure you know all the different services and programs that are available in Clarksville and/or Mecklenburg County?

You are invited to attend the Volunteer Recruitment Fair to learn about volunteer opportunities that are waiting for you. Plus learn about all the different services that are being offered in your community. Come and learn more about your community and how you can make a diffeerence in making it a better place to live.

VolunteersContact the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce here or call 434-374-2436


 

Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

B and W Carriage Buffalo Junction VAMake your holidays extra special by attending the Christmas in Clarksville Open House on Sunday, November 23rd! Downtown merchants have made special plans to be open from 1-5 pm and help you to wrap up your holidays with one-of-a-kind special gift ideas, discounts and refreshments. In addition, carolers will be strolling along Virginia Avenue singing your holiday favorites. Santa Claus will be at Santa Land located in Virginia Avenue Mall. Take a ride down Virginia Avenue in a horse drawn carriage, provide by B & W Carriage, of Buffalo Junction. Downtown Clarksville will be shining in its beautiful splendor of the holidays that take you back to Christmas of yesteryear.

Christmas in Clarksville VAEveryone is invited to come out and enjoy what Downtown Clarksville has to offer for the holidays. Remember that when you spend your money here, 1% of your tax dollars go back into our community!  SO…SHOP MECKLENBURG FIRST!


 

Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Clarksville Christmas ParadeKick off December by attending or participating in Clarksville’s annual Christmas Parade, December 5th at 6:30 pm. What’s more fun than marching December in with a Christmas Parade, cant think anything? Me either. So come enjoy the floats, bands, & see Santa in his sleigh!

It’s time to register for the Clarksville Christmas Parade ENTRY FORM must be received in the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber Office by TuesdayDecember 4, to be eligible for the December 5th event.  We are seeking participants—beauty queens, businesses, community clubs, organizations, churches, antique vehicles and others interested in making this the best parade to date.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be….Lake Country SPCA & Jr Grand Marshal is Harrison Walker!

The parade will be fun-filled with no competitions and each entry is required to adhere to the parade regulations below.  The parade is hosted and sponsored by the Clarksville Chamber and the Town of Clarksville.  For more info, contact the Chamber at (434) 374-2436.

RULES & REGULATIONS

  • Registered entries only—deadline December 2nd; NO Santa on any entry, Line-up format is provided when registering is completed.
  • All entries must be decorated in a Christmas theme for the Holiday and abide with these parade rules and regulations
  • No candy may be thrown from entries; walkers alongside may hand candy to the children.
  • No sirens, horns or air-horns may be used.
  • Drivers of all entries must have a valid driver’s license.
  • No entry may halt the parade (only exception will be marching bands).
  • Participants must be in line by 6:15 p.m. sharp; specific line-up location is provided with the registration form.
  • The Parade Committee reserves the right to reject any and all entries for any reason before and during the parade.  No inappropriate actions or displays will be tolerated.

Please be aware that Highway 58 Business will be closed to truck traffic (trucks will need to utilize the Highway 58 Bypass) from 6-8 pm.  During this same time, Virginia Avenue (2nd to 9th Streets) will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6-8 pm.  So parade preparations may be completed, parallel parking along the parade route will be eliminated beginning at 5 pm through the duration of the parade.


 

Posted: Wednesday, October 08th, 2014

Clarksville Halloween 2014

Publication1Friday, October 31st, from 5:30-7pm Downtown Clarksville Virginia will be hosting Trick or Treat on the Avenue! It’s a the safe & fun way to Trick or Treat and great way to load up on those sweet treats! Over 40 merchants and civic organizations will be participating and most will be all dressed up in their costumes and handing out treats from 2nd Street to 8th Street.  All children up to age 12 are invited to this Spooktacular event; each must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Please, no masks are to be worn by those 12 years of age or over.

Clarksville-VA-HalloweenNew this year, we will have an outdoor movie night, starting at 7:30 pm, at the corner of 5th and Virginia Avenue. We will be featuring the movie, Monsters University Inc., more details to come.


 

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Posted: Tuesday, September 02nd, 2014
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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!

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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.