Archive for ◊ 2012 ◊

Posted: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Holiday-Open-House-2012Kick off December by attending or participating in Clarksville’s annual Christmas Parade, December 7th 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 Tuesday, November 30, to be eligible for the December 7th 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 Data Center Manager, Dan Lingren with HP! HP proudly supports the Clarksville community and has been an ongoing sponsor of the Annual Lakefest Festival. HP continues to create new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. To learn more about working for HP visit:

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.


  • Registered entries only—deadline November 30th; 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.


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Posted: Friday, November 02nd, 2012

Make your holidays extra special by attending the Christmas in Clarksville Open House on Sunday, November 18th! 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 and Santa Claus will be at Santa Land located in Virginia Avenue Mall, and 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.

Everyone 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: Monday, October 22nd, 2012

2012-Trick-Treat-Clarksville-VAWednesday, October 31st, from 5:30-7pm Downtown Clarksville Virginia will be hosting Trick or Treat the Streets! Over 30 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.

So, come out, bring the kids and enjoy this safe, family friendly environment. See you on the streets!


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Posted: Tuesday, October 02nd, 2012

Pony Rides Clarskville VA Harvest Days FestivalThe 17th annual Harvest Days Festival will bring a major celebration to Virginia’s only lakeside town on October 6th and most activities are free to the public.  The event will run from 9 am to 9 pm, with a host of things to do for the whole family! Please note that Virginia Avenue from 3rd to 7th will be closed from 7 am to 9 pm to accommodate all the activities & safety concerns, during the Harvest Days Festival!

tiger-belly-bounce-danville-vaCrafts, Food, Vendors (9am – 3pm)

Over 50 craft, food & commercial vendors that will line up along Virginia Avenue from 9am to 3 pm, offering everything from fall decorations, baked goods, funnel cakes, antiques, antiquity and specialty items.

Kids Activities (10am-2pm)

Activities for the children will be from 10am- 2 pm, starting at  the corner of 5th & Virginia Avenue, Cornerstone Farms will host their farm of pet friendly animals & pony rides, also there will be a Tiger Belly bounce provided by Fun time Amusement’s from Danville, VA. Chris Williamson, will be offering free hayrides for everyone from 10 am to 2 pm.  In the pocket park located on the corner of 4th & Virginia Ave will be games & crafts for the children. In the craft section for $1 they can decorate a pumpkin, make a memorable fall picture frame or a fall necklace.  harvest day ScarecrowThe game area, kids can purchase a $5 game card that has ten fun games that they play for points and once they finish they add their points up and bring it to the prize table and choose their matching prize. There will also be a sand pile treasure hunt, which is free. For thirty seconds the kids race to fill their bucket up with sand and then look for the buried treasure inside. Bring your kids to the Scarecrow & Sunflower cutout board and take a memorable picture of them and their fun day at the Harvest Days Festival! The scarecrow character board was painted by Ray Cherry, Boydton, VA.

Absolute Auction (Noon-?)

Absolute Auction items for the 17th annual Harvest Days Festival will be going on the “auction block” in Downtown Clarksville Saturday, October 6, at noon.  A total value of over $1600 of superb items have been received for the auction and provided to the Chamber by members—so it will definitely be a “crowd-pleasing event.”

Listed here are the items along with the Clarksville Chamber Businesses that graciously donated towards this auction:

  • Decorative Wall Star, Avenue Floral & Design
  • 4 Mums, Berry Hill Irrigation
  • 2 Piece Pliers Set, Clarksville Napa Auto Supply
  • Two 2011 Lakefest T-Shirts – XL, Clarksville Chamber
  • 2010 – 2012 T-Shirt Pack – Youth Small, Clarksville Chamber
  • 2010 – 2012 T-Shirt Pack – Youth Medium, Clarksville Chamber
  • Two Scented Candles, Clarksville Pharmacy
  • Pair of Snowshoe Lamps, Clarksville Furniture
  • One-Day Boat Rental, Clarksville Marina
  • 2 Small Party Platters, Clarksville Subway
  • Frontline Plus, Dogs 45 – 88lbs, Clarksville Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
  • Men’s XL T-Shirt, Doodlebug’s
  • $20 in Chamber Bucks, Farm Bureau Insurance
  • 2 Wine & Cheese for Two Baskets, Galleria on the Lake
  • $10 Gift Certificate, Great Wall Restaurant
  • Heart-Shaped Compact, Hite’s
  • Blanket, Mecklenburg Electric Corp
  • Foxworthy Book, Wild Turkey Shaker & more, Michael Wagstaff Construction
  • Homemade Afghan, Pathways Herb Shop
  • O’Brien Neoprene Life Vest, Southside Marine & Auto
  • $50 Gift Certificate, the Lamplighter Restaurant
  • $25 Gift Certificate, the Pizza Pub
  • Hair Care Products & $25 Gift Certificate, Your Hair Place
  • Hand painted note cards from Don Hall, Lakeside Gallery
  • Box of Vintage records by JW books
  • Camo Hat with LED Lights, Colleen’s Creations
  • $50 Gift Certificate, Virginia Avenue Mall
  • Framed Oil Painting & Glass dish with soap, Welcome Home Retailer at the Virginia Avenue Mall

Proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s upcoming projects, which include the “Holiday Open House” on November 18, and the Clarksville Christmas Parade slated for December 7. The absolute auction will be conducted at the front entrance of Virginia Avenue Mall, 317 Virginia Avenue.  Preview the auction items on display in one of the Mall’s front windows.

Lake Country Cruisers ~ Cruise In (3pm)

Starting at 3 pm the Lake Country Cruisers will cruise-in to showcase their cool ride for the last time this year from 4 pm to 9 pm, along Virginia Avenue. During the Cruise-in there will be music, performing live on stage at United Country Virginia Realty will be:

Jason Ring will be playing live at the Harvest Days Oktoberfest from 4 to 6 pm, front stage at United Country Realty. “One More Time” will make its way to the stage at 7 pm.

Jason Ring Bluegrass Music VAJason Ring (4 – 6pm)

Jason Ring is known as the “one man blues-country-bluegrass band” and has been characterized by the International Bluegrass Music Association as one of the “Fresh Sounds in the World of Bluegrass” (IBMA, Jan 2008). Along with award winning vocals, Jason can skillfully play almost any stringed instrument including guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobra and bass. Don’t be surprised if he also throws down on a smooth skat including his impressive “mouth trumpet.”

One More Time! (7 – 9pm)

One More Time features well over 100 years of musical experience to bring you a great visit down memory lane.  From Classic Country and Early Rock and Roll, to the best of today.  They even toss in a little Blue Grass and Gospel for good measure!  The lineup of One More Time has many versions, led by Ronnie Newcomb (bass) and Paul Kosiba (lead guitar) the band enjoys playing for many Civic Events, Private Parties and Festivals.  One More Time can be from two to six members depending on the venue.  “Our three piece Gospel rendition of One More Time is truly a rewarding experience, nothing is more fun than playing in a small country church” states Ronnie.  Additional band members include Dick Smiley (piano), Bill Baker (guitar) and Barry Hughes (Drums).

One More TimeOne More Time plays all kinds of Music and their selections are great. You will enjoy the Music and fun On And Off The Stage. There Is Plenty Of Room To Dance And We Hope You Will. If You Like To Sit, Listen, And Watch You Certainly May. If you like Really Good Music and Want to Be Entertained just Come to the Harvest Days Festival from 5 Pm to 9 Pm and Follow the Sounds. Shop-Look-Listen-Dance-Enjoy!! For Booking Information Ronnie Newcomb 434-372-3098, 434-210-1441 or Paul Kosiba At 434-374-8295.

Oktoberfest Biergarten, English translation-Oktoberfest Beer Garden

Its what’s new & brewing this year in the front lawn of Century 21, 412 Virginia Avenue, for 21 years of age and older. ID will be needed to get into the gate. The cost is $7 at the gate, which includes a cup & an Oktoberfest bottle Koozie. There will be great selection of Fall & German beer available for $3 a bottle or glass. On tap we will have Oktoberfest Ales, Leinenkugel Lager, also featuring a brew from the Wild Wolf Brewery, a Virginia brewed beer. By the Bottle we will have- Wood Chuck Fall Cider, Spaten Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Pumpkin & Magic Hat Hex Ourtober. Lots of choices to Oom Pah-Pah about and relax with friends. Hoffen, euch dort zu sehen! Hope to seen you there!

Clarksville VA Local Restaurants

All the Local Restaurants will be open and ready to fill any taste bud or appetite. In the mood for some German food! The Lake House Restaurant & the Lamplighter Restaurant are both in the Oktoberfest spirit and offering these German Specials!

The Lake House Restaurant Specials are: Bratwurst cooked in beer & smothered cabbage, Sauerkraut Balls & sweeten your tummy with German Apple Strudel or German Chocolate cake & featuring an Oktoberfest beer special.

The Lamplighter will be serving these specials: Sauerkraut Mit Rippchen Mit Kartoffel Puffen (German Spareribs with sauerkraut & potato pancake), Bratwurst on bun with Grilled Peppers & Onions, served with German Potato Salad. And German Beer will be offered.

The following restaurant Chamber Members also invite you & your family in: Clarksville Subway, Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern, Gino’s Italian Restaurant, Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, McDondald’s, The Pizza Pub, The Lake House Restaurant

Harvest Days festival is coordinated by the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Clarksville Chamber, 374-2436.


Posted: Friday, August 17th, 2012

Come and celebrate the fall season the first Saturday in October at the Annual Harvest Days Festival! 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, 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 Cruise-in & local music talent to dance too. Harvest Days Festival is hosted by the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce. For more information call (434) 374-2436 and/or see our fact sheet/application.

Clarksville VA Harvest Days Festival 2012


Posted: Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

This year’s 2012 Lakefest Juried Arts & Craft show winners from July 21st are:

Best in Show ~ Leland Williams

Leland Williams of Crescent City, Florida-Oil pastels on sandpaper of wildlife, landscapes and still life subjects

2nd Place ~ William Hunter & Kathryn Nioy-Cukier

William Hunter & Kathryn Nioy-Cukier of Sole Artist from Arden, NC. Crystalline Pottery & Artwork

3rd Place ~ Randy Chapmen

Randy Chapmen-Happy Scraps of Fuquay Varina, NC. Welded Metal art creatures (click this image to visit

Honorable Mention ~ Fred Cartwright

Fred Cartwright of South Hill, VA. Metal Artwork


Posted: Thursday, July 05th, 2012

The Official 2012 Lakefest t-shirts have arrived and they are spectacular!  The artwork depicted on the back of each shirt has two major Lakefest components—the hot-air balloons and the fireworks; brother sister team Kaleigh Gilliland & brother Matt of Clarksville created the winning Lakefest design.  The front of the shirts the has a hot air balloon graphic surrounded by the words “35th Annual Virginia Lake Festival, Clarksville, VA.Each shirt also has the Clarksville Ruritan logo imprinted on the left sleeve & HP Logo on the right sleeve, which reflects their Lakefest 2012 Captain Sponsorship.


The Clarksville Chamber is excited & thankful to have teamed up with two CAPTAIN Sponsors for this year's Lake Festival! Pictured above displaying the official Lakefest t-shirt with their logo on the sleeves of this years design, is HP manager, Paul Krysiak and President of the Clarksville Ruritans Club, Julie Ames.

The shirts come in a variety of colors—Red, White, Blue, Lime Green, Violet & Orange and they range in sizes from youth small to adult XXX-large.  Youth shirts are $12 each, adults up to x-large are $16 and XX’s and XXX’s are $18.

T-shirts 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 35th annual Lakefest is scheduled for July 19-21


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Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

4th-July-Clarksville-VAShow your patriotism to the great United States of America and salute our Veterans—by being a participant or a spectator at the 2012 Independence Day Parade in Clarksville On the Lake! This year’s event, sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, is slated for Historic Downtown Clarksville on July 4, at 11 am.

Entry categories include floats, antique cars, trucks and tractors, golf carts, fire trucks and bands, plus, all area youth are encouraged to decorate their vehicle of choice—tricycle, bicycle or battery operated mini-vehicles. Each entry into this year’s parade must be decorated in the patriotic theme and the first 1,000 participants and attendees will receive an American flag upon arrival. Parade applications may be printed by clicking HERE —there is no fee to register or participate; requested date for application return is June 30.

Immediately following the parade, everyone will be treated to free hot dogs and soft drinks, compliments of the Clarksville Ruritans. For more details about the parade and the cook-out, contact Ruritan Committee Chair Charles Lee at or call 434-374-0794.


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Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Here comes the 35th 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. Please use the links below and to the left to explore just some of this year’s offerings.

photo by Justin Eubank

Juried Arts & Crafts Show
Antique Auto Show
Sand Sculpture Artist
Helicopter Rides
Games & Rides
Free Kids Balloon Rides
Friday Night’s Live Band – The Konnection Band
Saturday Night’s Live Band – Eric & Laurie and Hicksboro Station
Lakefest IDOL Competition
T-Shirts (coming soon)

Lakefest Fun for Two Raffle
Shuttle & Parking Information
Schedule of Events


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Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Lakefest 2012 RaffleThis year’s Lakefest raffle is a host of prizes that will open up Buggs Island lake in a whole new way to 1 lucky winner!

This year’s “Lakefest Raffle ~ Fun for 2 at the Lake” , valued at over $600, includes:

  • 2 Potomac RAM X Kayaks with paddles
  • His & Hers Life Vests
  • 2 Buggs Island Beach Towels
  • Mini-cooler
  • 2 Hands Free Beach Chairs

The drawing will be held on Friday evening during one of the band’s breaks on July 20, at the main stage area (behind Wells Fargo) and you need not be present to win.

The person holding the winning ticket will win all of the gifts in the “Lakefest Raffle ~ Fun for 2 at the Lake”.

Tickets are $5 each, $12 for three and $20 for six. You can purchase tickets at the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce, 105 2nd Street. All proceeds will benefit The Chamber’s future projects.


Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

2012 Lake Fest Arts CraftsThe arts & crafts show is juried and the jury has been kept busy reviewing applications and photographs since early in February. Artists this year are coming from not only Virginia, but also other states–Florida, Ohio, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Georgia. The crafters have been extremely active in applying for this year’s show. Water ink, acrylic and oil paintings…even face painters, pottery, leather products, birdhouses and garden accessories, carvers and sculptures, jewelry made from bicycle spokes, items to be personalized on the spot, blown glass jewelry, photography, clothing, home accessories and even pet attire–just to name a few.

What are some of the food vendors on tap for this year? As of this moment, we have more than 20 food vendors…only two of similar offerings are approved by the jury…thus, there will be an extraordinary amount of variety. In addition to the typical festival foods such as polish sausages, gyros, blooming onions, kettle corn, coated nuts, deep-fried candy bars/cookies and funnel cakes with your choice of toppings…the ethnic choices will include Caribbean–jerk chicken, shawarma, stuffed grape leaves; Mexican–fajitas, quesadillas, burritos; vegetarian offerings, Seafood–shrimp, Mahi Mahi, crab cakes, and calamari; Thai choices–Satay, vegetable cakes and spring rolls; Items to cool one down on a hot summer day…fresh squeezed lemonade, smoothies and icees, frozen drinks such as Pina Colodas and Bahama Mamas, snowcones, homemade ice creams and old fashioned floats.

You are invited to enjoy the nearly 200 vendors that will be in place on Virginia Avenue on Saturday, July 21, 9 am-5 pm. The street will be closed to traffic from 4 am until midnight.


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Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

LAKEFEST IDOL Performance set for Saturday, July 7th


Signal Boosters of NC is proud to sponsor the 2012 Lakefest IDOL Competition

On June 8th, over 60 people came out to see the 13 contestants audition to move onto the next round in the first annual Lakefest Idol.  The winner  of the July 7th competition will get to sing the first song at the Virginia Lake Festival Opening Ceremonies on July 20th at 7 pm.  Everyone is invited so.. come & VOTE for your favorite contestant!

They are all competing  for the title of the First LAKEFEST IDOL Winner.  Here is your Top 11:

  • Lauren Blue
    Tappahannock, VA
  • Jessi Lee Covington
    Clarksville, VA
  • Kayson Flynn
    Chase City, VA
  • Alannah Garcia
    Clarksville, VA
  • Zachary Glasscock
    Clarksville, VA
  • Adrienne Hudson
    South Hill, VA
  • Jessica Lawson
    Skipwith, VA
  • Maddie Scott
    Semora, NC
  • Amy Shearin
    Clarksville, VA
  • Gary Watkins
    Clarksville, VA
  • Heather Wilson
    Chase City, VA

You don’t want to miss this amazing night from solo performances to group numbers, plus your chance to vote for your favorite acts!
All proceeds benefit future projects of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce & Clarksville Community Players. For more information call 434-374-2436.


Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Eric-Laurie-Hicksboro-StationLive and on-stage on Saturday night at the 35th Annual Lakefest in Clarksville will be one of the finest bands around—the premier party band in the Carolinas and in Virginia—Eric & Laurie and HICKSBORO STATION–  They are your Professional Live Entertainment…Playing Country, Rock, R & B, Oldies.

This dynamic DUO and Hicksboro Station have played many venues throughout the region and has opened for many national acts including Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan, Darryl Worley, Rodney McDowell, T Graham Brown, Exile, Confederate Railroad, Ty Herndon, etc. .

HICKSBORO STATION BAND (HSB)- The talented group currently consists of Percussionist, John Wrenn – Bass Guitarist/vocals, Kenny Lynerd – Lead Guitarist, Joey Miller, along with Laurie Wilson (Lead Vocals and Keys) and Eric (Lead Vocals and Rhythm guitar). Eric and Laurie and HSB continue on today, playing professional energetic performances with the band as well as performing as a duo.

Don’t even chance missing one of their songs—the live performance will start at 7 pm on July 21 on the main stage (entrance at 3rd Street and Virginia Avenue).  Wear your dancing shoes, bring your lawn chairs, and prepare yourself for a super evening of musical entertainment.  Food and beverages will be available on the site.  The show is open to the public with no admission charge.


Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

the-konnection-bandThe Konnection Band—one of the East Coast’s most favorite party bands, will be live and on stage at Lake Friday night show, July 20, starting at 7:30 pm.  This band has performed for thousands and will entertain you with a variety of music including Top 40, Rock, Country, R& B, Beach and Oldies.  The band has been featured at numerous festivals and has shared the stage with many national and regional acts including The Charlie Daniels Band, Delbert McClinton, Exile, Diamond Rio, Ray Scott, Jim Quick and Coastline, The Fantastic Shakers, Craig Woolard Band, and the Chairmen of the Board.  The band is comprised of Mike Brooks, Melvin Carroll, Fred Donn, Brian Ramsey, Sonny Edwards, Kevin Knight.

Come out and get “konnected” with this band and with your friends.  Wear your dancing shoes and bring your lawn chairs (you’ll need to rest once in awhile!).

Location of the main stage area is directly behind Wells Fargo Bank.  Also, available nearby will be various food vendors and children’s rides and entertainment. For more information, contact the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at 434-374-2436.


Posted: Monday, June 25th, 2012

Lakefest 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 for Thursday, July 19, 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 or HERE.