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.
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.
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.
It all started with the Clarksville Chamber, Town of Clarksville and some members of the community who were on a quest to have our very own LOVE sign. The Chamber had rented one from Virginia.org the last two years as part of our tourism attraction at the Virginia Lake Festival. But it made more sense to create our own because, well, we LOVE Clarksville & Lakefest! So in January it was presented to the board that we make this a Town & Chamber project but it was important to all that the community help us with the ideas. We began asking the locals to submit their ideas and designs. We also encouraged them to incorporate current and historical items of importance to the culture of Clarksville. Once we received the submissions the Chamber board of directors voted on the four best choices for each letter and then we posted a public poll for each letter. The selected winners of this poll now represent our very own LOVE sign!
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.
Visitors can come see the 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
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
We are finally ready to cast out! Tickets are now on sale for our 2016 LAKEFEST Raffle!
Our angling skills netted us a great catch of prizes which we hope will bait you into buying tickets! There are no fish bones about it, that one winner is going to be hooked up with over $1300 in prizes! Everything in this raffle is filled with items most of us either are already “hooked on” or considered a must have that will lure you into buying tickets, whether you want all the items for yourself or have a special someone in mind to gift it too.
We all love the summer & the best way to cool down is time on the water. This raffle comes equipped with great water toys that the whole family will enjoy, from the 6 x 12 Paradise Pad donated by A & K Dock service, to keep your drinks on ice a floating bobber cooler, along with plenty of kids items for the beach or water. Hooked on Lake Life? We have Lake life accessories donated by Hite’s. Also a GPS Navigator for land or water donated by Southside Marine & Xtreme Life Jacket by Clarksville Water sports. Love to shop…who doesn’t, well the Chamber and Karin Kuhn both have hooked you up with $200 in CHAMBER bucks, which can be redeemed at over 20 of our Chamber merchants. So whether you want to shop or dine you have a choice where to spend your $200. We all love Disney princesses & Star Wars, the kids will love the Disney characters included in the raffle as well. Also included is merchandise that will be a great accessory to anyone’s home…from wall décor, donated by Grandfather’s Country Creations & Hall’s Art Gallery, to a Swan creek Candle donated by Charlotta Howell, fish themed cutting boards donated by H & E Enterprises, copper fish bone art, gift basket of Meck Electric apparel donated by Mecklenburg Electric, as well as his & her Buggs Island tees & hat set. Lastly, cute fishing lure earrings made locally and it wouldn’t be LAKEFEST without our Hot air balloons, so included is a handmade wooden wall art of a Hot air balloon, made by Traci Watson of 2 Mermaids Cottage painted with our theme this year…“Hooked on Lakefest”
Tickets are $5 each, three for $12, or six for $20 and the great thing is you do not have to be present to win. The winning ticket will be drawn Friday, July 15th at the end of Opening Ceremonies around 9:30 pm. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit projects of the Clarksville Lake County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the Chamber at 434-374-2436. or stop by the office and view the items.
We want to say a special thank you to all those who contributed to this year’s raffle, all other items that weren’t donated where purchased locally by the Chamber of Commerce.
Join, Get plugged in & Stay Connected, is our campaign for the 2016 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 2015, we had 205 members of the Clarksville Chamber.
Our 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 18,000 inquiries in 2015—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? Join the “Force” in 2016, and the force is you and 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 “force” (team) and we really look forward to assisting you, the visitors & residents and promoting this great community we all love so much! Join in 2016, great it will be.
Let us help promote your business or special interest! Join forces with the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce- Us, working together is all the power we need to Succeed!
Stop by 105 Second Street, Clarksville or call and we will more than happy to send you a benefits packet, 434-374-2436
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