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Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

morfa-empanadasThe arts & crafts show is juried and the jurors have been kept busy reviewing applications and photographs since early in February. It is a packed house this year with over 200 vendors ranging from Crafts, Food, Non-profits & Retail items. Vendors this year are coming not only from Virginia, but also other states: Florida, Ohio, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania & Georgia.

The crafters have been extremely active in applying for this year’s show. We have lots of new & exciting booths this year, from amazing woodworkings, acrylic and oil paintings, pottery, leather products, birdhouses and garden accessories, carvers and sculptures, personalized jewelry, items to be personalized on the spot, pain relief jewelry, photography, clothing, home accessories and even homemade pet food & attire… just to name a few.

jewelry-collageWe have great things for the kids from treasure mining to Disney characters, face painters, character balloons & water slide, pony & amusement rides.

There will be no shortage of food vendors and we have some new and exciting food trucks vendors this year ranging from baked Argentinean empanadas, Fully Loaded Fritters, South of the boarder offerings, BBQ on Waffles, crab cake sandwich, to our usual Asian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek & your All-American choices too! There will be special items such as along with all the other fair favorites. For the sweet tooth, Sweet Frog is back, along with aa new ice cream vendor Hears the Scoop offering Premium Hand-dipped ice cream, also every kind of funnel cake you can think of which they have evolved into all the toppings and flavors a sugar lover could only dream about. There will be deep fried candy bars, & Oreos to icees, smoothies & popsicles. Cheesecake on a stick anyone? Smell the aroma of kettle corn, popcorn, cotton candy & more! All here on Saturday.

driftwood-fishLake Country Satellite is helping this year with Wi-Fi for the event and US98 & 3WD REWIND will be doing live remotes throughout the day! Disney Characters will be here for a short time from 10:30-1:30, so don’t miss them performing at the United Country Realty Stage. Virginia Avenue from Second through Fourth Street will not re-open at 5 pm so we have about 25 vendors opting to stay until the fireworks, so come on down any time of day. If you want to keep up with all activities, details & more of who is coming to Lakefest, go to our Lakefest Event page on Facebook to view our daily post on updates and information.

waffle-wheelsCheck out all the updates via our Facebook Page or search our website for all the info.


 

Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Enter your antique automobiles in the 23rd annual Antique Auto Show, which will be featured at Lakefest in Clarksville on Saturday, July 22, 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

  • Hard Luck Story
  • Oldest Vehicle
  • Longest Distance Traveled
  • Diamond in the Rough
  • Tom Lilly BEST IN SHOW Award (The most important trophy of the show!)

2015-Antique-AutoAmong 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 434-374-2279 or at the Chamber Office 434-374-2436 or Click Here to Download/Print and return with the $10 fee prior to festival or $20 day of the show. Or it can be mailed out or faxed to those interested in participating.


 

Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

scat-rideThe new ride we plan on bringing for Lakefest is called the SCAT. You are a thrill seeker to take on this one as you are whisked around in high gravity cages that will leave you screaming for more.

Fun Time Amusements Rides has been providing family entertainment for more than 58 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. Usually they bring eight or nine rides, which can range from their Flying Super Spinner, Fun Slide, Jurassic Adventure, Scooby Doo Combo Inflatable, Windjammer Kite Flyer and Rock Climbing Wall & more. 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.

Train Rides

All aboard! No need to get your ticket punched for this train ride— passengers ride for free and there’s no ticket needed. Lakefest’s Fun-Time train will be chugging up and down Virginia Avenue (from 3rd to 7th Streets) on Saturday, July 22, from 9 am-5 pm. Turn-around locations will be at the main stage area (lot connected to 3rd Street) and at the Bank of America parking area (between 7th and 8th). The train holds up to 18 passengers, packages and baby strollers. Give your legs a rest and hop-Treasure Quest sluice 1aboard Lakefest’s Fun-Time Train.

Treasure Quest sluice 1Treasure Quest

Treasure Quest Mining is back again this year and Kids will love this! Treasure Quest Mining is a mobile gem mining and treasuring hunting experience where treasure hunters can sluice for gemstones, seashells & fossilized sharks’ teeth or crack open geodes to reveal the crystals inside. They will be set up near Hite’s on Saturday, July 22.

Helicopter Rides

For the last six years, Paul Jackson, Helicopter Pilot, has been flying the friendly skies and giving our Lakefest visitors rides over Clarksville and the Lake. Take advantage of seeing Lake Country from the air this year, it is a memory you will never forget. Rides will be available starting Friday evening, at the Food Lion lawn area & Saturday for most of the day. It is $30 per person to ride.

Helicopter Rides Clarksville Lake FestivalPony Rides

Five Blessings Farms will host their $5 pony rides and two fun bouncy inflatables at the corner of 5th & Virginia Avenue across from State Farm Insurance. Five Blessings Farm is located in Gladys, VA…. They specialize in being your one stop for all of your family fun. They have six ponies to rent, an amazing petting zoo, and four various wet and dry inflatables for all of your entertainment needs. The cost of the inflatables is $7 for two times on the water slide or one on the slide or use the other ticket for the obstacle course, $15 for unlimited on either inflatable.

The Water Wars Booth

Play the ultimate water balloon game! From Warsaw, NC Water Wars is bringing some water balloon fun that you will have fun either as a game or competition–here is how you play: Opponents go to opposing battle stations with buckets of water balloons. Each battle station has a water balloon launcher. Place a balloon in the launcher, pull down on the handle, aim, and fire! Your balloon soars high through the air and comes crashing down on your opponent’s battle station. There are strategically placed slots and holes in the structure that allows the water to come through. You might get sprinkled, sprayed, or saturated, but watch out, retaliation comes quickly! Water Wars will be located in front of Watkins, Cooper, Lyon’s FH.


 

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Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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ADMIRAL Sponsors reps, Kendele Underwood & Josh Glasscock, proudly displaying the VETS logo and all the colors available.

The Official 2017 Lakefest t-shirts have arrived and they are MARVELOUS! Each shirt has the official ADMIRAL VETS INC Sponsor on the left sleeve & two of our Captain Sponsors, Clarksville Ruritans, & AmeriGas’s logo imprinted on the right sleeve.

The 40th edition shirts are s uper spectacular and have even more colors to choose from this year. But some are very limited in quantities, so you must come quickly because these colors won’t last long. Colors—we have a new feature on three of the tees that are in a soft style blend, colors available in soft style are: white, navy blue and “bodacious” berry! Other colors to dye for are our Candy Orange, Scuba Blue, Island Reef, Corn silk, Charcoal Grey! All colors range in sizes from youth small to adult 3xl. Youth shirts are $15 and come in Yellow, Sky & Navy blue, Adult sizes small to x-large are $20 and 2XL’s and 3XL’s are $22.

souvenirs-lakefest-2017-1Tanks are back too in limited sizes & colors. Colors for the Ladies are: white, navy blue, island reef & raspberry- for the men we have white, navy blue & maroon. Get yours before they are gone! Tanks are $20 for regular sizes, 2XL are $22.

T-shirts are now available at the Clarksville Chamber Office (105 Second Street) and the Virginia Avenue Mall (317 Virginia Avenue). Proceeds from the shirts will help with the various expenses of Lakefest such as live bands, fireworks and hot-air balloons.

Souvenirs galore this year for our 40th! Starting with some fun caps & visors with either Clarksville, VA or LAKEFEST in assorted styles & colors! $15 for most styles, $12 for Visors!! We are big FANs of LAKEFEST and we have some super cute ones available along with some totally cool stadium cups, key chains & the official LAKEFEST 2017 light up fidget spinners!! We also have some items from last year still in stock…Bags, towels & water bottles!souvenirs-lakefest-2017-2


 

Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Visitors can come see our community made LOVE sign on display at the pocket park at Virginia Avenue & 4th Street through the middle of August, then it will be moved Lakeside beside our Welcome to Clarksville Sign at the Sunoco A Plus

  • L is for Lake Life, Lakefest and our Love for this town.
  • O represents Clarksville’s history of the Occoneechi Indians and Opportunities here in Clarksville! We hope to capture great memories & visitors’ dreams of visiting again and again (or even that they will want to live here!)
  • V is for our many Visitors that Vacation here in Clarksville and we want you to Value your time with us!
  • E is for wishing Everyone wonderful Experiences. And we have to add our thankfulness for God’s Everlasting Love for us! We are looking forward to our Endless possibilities here in Clarksville! The END.

About the LOVEwork Project

  • www.virginia.org/love– features all the LOVEwork with an interactive map so travelers can visit each one.
  • Over the past few years, we have seen over 100,000 visits to the LOVEwork webpage
  • We continue to see great engagement online with thousands of user-generated pictures on Facebook, twitter and instagram featuring the LOVEworks
  • Visitors are encouraged to use #LOVEVA with LOVEwork pictures and share with Virginia Tourism’s social accounts, @visitvirginia


 

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Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

shuttle-bus-1Parking? We get that question a lot here in our office, and to make life a little less stressful for you & the Town of Clarksville during Lakefest we encourage you to use the shuttle service offered to you as our solution for everyone. (View the Shuttle Map here)

This service will help with the age old question of 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. The side streets are really narrow and if you are new to the area, you might not know the best way to navigate around the back roads, even though there are detour signs. Even if you are familiar and live out of town, there will be fewer headaches to park your car across from the YMCA, catch the bus and ride to the drop you off at 8th street. And any time you are ready to head back to your vehicle, a bus will be there within minutes to take you back.

Parking & Shuttle Service

shuttle-bus-2Festival-goers are encouraged to Park & Ride.  Parking is $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. If you want to participate in the night activities you will have to catch the last ride by 6 pm to retrieve your vehicle so you can then just park closer to town after 6 pm.

We are excited to announce that we are again working with the Mecklenburg County Public School division with renting two of their buses – one handicapped accessible – and hiring division bus drivers to operate them.

Sheila Cuykendall, Executive Director of the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce said the chamber traditionally hired a non-local bus service to bring people downtown from the event’s remote parking areas. Last year we wanted to find a way to provide the same service while spending the money locally. She approached the school division about renting two buses – one handicapped accessible – and hiring division bus drivers to operate them. The school board once again approved the request at its last voting session.


 

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Posted: Monday, June 19th, 2017

ATLANTA, Ga. April 28, 2017 – The Southeast Tourism Society has named 40th Annual Virginia Lake Festival “LAKEFEST” one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for JULY 2017.

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Bruce Woerner, Chamber President, Sheila Cuykendall, Executive Director of Clarksville Chamber, Jeff Jones, Clarksville Town Manager

This year’s 40th Annual Virginia Lake Festival is July 20-22, 2017. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: EscapeToTheSoutheast.com and Travel Media Press Room.

For over 39 years, all the activities provided during this event have been free and open to the public. We are very committed to continuing this tradition, although our expenses continue to increase. Our entire community (population 1,400) becomes involved with one aspect or another of this three-day event. Our civic groups are instrumental in lending a hand, as well as our rescue, fire and police departments to insure that all of those attending have a wonderful and safe time. This year we are celebrating our 40 year milestone, and with that our hopes are to enhancing the elements of Lakefest festival goers enjoy so much! More vendor choices, Great music, sand sculpture, fun entertainment for the children, a great show of Hot air balloons, & the biggest Fireworks show to date!!

“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors, residents and travel writers. The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. Nomination forms and deadlines are available at SoutheastTourism.org or by calling 770-542-1523.

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


 

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Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

2017 Lakefest LogoThe Clarksville Chamber is super excited to unveil the Special 40th edition 2017 design for this year’s Lakefest T-shirts. Normally, we hold a contest that begins in January for local artist or participants of any age to submit their design to the Lakefest judges for consideration of the winning logo design for the t-shirts. With a decline in entries over the past few years, we decided that with it being the 40th year we would enlist a few outside professional designers to submit a design to us this year. The few designers that chose to participate have ties to our local merchants with their promotional products.

The 2017 Lakefest Logo Winner of $250 is Dale Moorhouse!

Dale is a graphic designer who has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Pro Graphics has clients across North America, and has been producing artwork for Toby Newcomb of Red Bolt Promotions for the last two years. In 2011, he opened Pro Graphics, which specializes in producing artwork for the promotional & incentive industry as well as designing graphics for print. Dale also creates logos and develops marketing campaigns for business. Dale is known for his professionalism, creativity and patience. He also loves coffee.

Dale MoorhouseLogo was created in Adobe Illustrator and designed to incorporate the boating/music/fireworks aspects of the event. Bright colors convey the ideas of fun and lively.

A five-member judging committee chose his graphic design from a few other contenders. Each submission remains unnamed to the judging committee therefore they don’t know whose artwork it is so that it is unbiased. Dale’s winning design will be featured on the official 40th Annual Virginia Lake Festival, 2017 t-shirts and all other promotional event materials for the July 20-22 event.


 

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Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Come to Clarksville, Virginia Saturday, May 13, 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.

Big-Lake-Flea-LogoTreat 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.

Vendors will be located on the pavement (in the parallel parking spaces) along Virginia Avenue from 2nd 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.


 

Posted: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

TICKETS are IN and on sale online (left or below depending on your device) for the upcoming Clarksville Lake Country Wine Festival in Clarksville! Moving full steam ahead and keeping our fingers crossed that our plans and hopes of holding the event on the bridge this year will happen we have added new and exciting features to this year’s event held on Saturday, April 8, NOON to 5 pm.

We are hosting 16 Virginia wineries, a selection of craft beer, great food, hand selected artisan vendors and a few local merchants & live music by Jeff Bailey and Brian Parks, Uncorked & Jared Place.

Mecklenburg County Tourism has confirmed with us that the Sea Plane Splash-in will be back again this year.

So mark your calendars and start the morning downtown shopping the stores & dining at our restaurants then stroll down to the Lake Motel to view the Sea Planes and for those who are 21 and over, at high noon the gates to the Wine Festival located this year at second street will open to the business bridge.

You can purchase online(left or below depending on your device) or at the Chamber office, Galleria on the Lake, The Virginia Avenue Mall, Century 21 on the Lake & Cooper’s Landing Inn. Tickets in advance are $25, $30 at the gate, ticket includes a souvenir wine glass. For non-taster/DD tickets in advance are, $12, $15 at the gate.

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


 

Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

BE ROOTED IN YOUR COMMUNITY is our campaign for the 2017 Membership Drive Campaign here at the Clarksville Lake County Chamber of Commerce. Every January we send out well over 300 membership packet applications to partner with area businesses & organizations. In 2016, we had 204 members of the  Clarksville Chamber.

image005Our primary purpose of this Chamber is to our members. Members are “preferred” businesses because they make the commitment to the purposes of the Chamber – to promote civic, economic, and area enterprises. Chamber members promote job readiness for youth, efficient public services, a positive business climate and solid customer service. This  Chamber refers only investing members’ information throughout the year. We make thousands of referrals yearly via telephone, email and person-to-person, In our office alone, we handled more than 17,000 inquiries in 2016—phone calls, emails, social media contacts (Facebook) and people walking through our door, all asking questions and needing assistance with information.

While the media continues to speculate on the future economic conditions that are ahead, let’s keep in mind that the benefits of a Chamber membership far out-weigh the cost–in most cases, the cost is less than 50¢ a day! Can you really afford to have your interest be omitted from one of the biggest community promoters of your business or organization? “Become Rooted and let’s Grow together” in 2017, along with all the other businesses, organizations and or individual that will rejoin or join this year . We are confident that you will realize the value of being part of a  network of businesses & organizations here in the heart of Lake County and the benefits it provides.

We hope you will consider being a part this great “growing” team and we really look forward to assisting you, the visitors & residents and  promoting this great community we all love so much! Join in 2017! Let us help promote your business or special interest! Join and become “rooted” with the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce- working & growing together is all the power we need to Succeed!

Thank you, in advance, for supporting your Chamber and your community!
Clarksville Chamber Director


 

Posted: Tuesday, November 01st, 2016

Christmas in Clarksville Open House 2016Make your holidays extra special by attending the Christmas in Clarksville Open House on Sunday, November 20th! 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.

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: Tuesday, November 01st, 2016

Clarksville Christmas Parade 2016Kick off December by attending or participating in Clarksville’s annual Christmas Parade, December 2nd 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 Thursday, December 1, to be eligible for the December 2nd 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.

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 1st; 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: Monday, October 24th, 2016

Monday, 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!

Clarksville-Halloween-2015Spooky NEWS is that the street will be CLOSED this year, so there be a lot of extra fun this year!!

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.


 

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Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

harvest day ScarecrowFall Plans are Underway!

Come and celebrate the fall season the first Saturday in October at the Annual Harvest Days Festival! Saturday morning, 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 with the Lake Country Cruise-in and our Oktoberfest Beer Garden, this year the event will be Saturday evening instead of Friday. We will have Fall Craft Beer, Music & Food from 8 pm-11:30 pm. at the corner of 5th & Virginia Ave.

Harvest Days Festival is hosted by the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce. For more information call (434) 374-2436.


 

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