Voted by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2017 as “One of the Top 20 Festivals In The Southeast”, LakeFest (as it is known locally) attracted nearly 60,000 visitors in 2016 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!

  • Antique Auto Show
  • 20+ Food Vendors!
  • 5k Run
  • Fireworks over the Lake
  • Juried Arts & Crafts Show
  • Children’s Entertainment & Activities
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Sand Sculptors
  • Live Bands on Stage

2014 Sand ArtMake this YOUR year to come, CELEBRATE our 40th with us and experience the wonder and fun of LakeFest – you’ll be glad you did! Join us July 20-22nd, 2017.


Firework heartThe 2016 Virginia Lake Festival would not be possible without the generous support of these wonderful sponsors. We salute our sponsors of Lakefest and all their support of the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce. Please click any of the logos below to visit our generous sponsors!

This year’s CAPTAIN SPONSORS are:

Directly benefits over 50 local organizations and service projects including the Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Library, Project Care For, College Scholarships, etc. Fund-raising efforts include weekly bingo games, Brunswick Stews and the Thrift Shop Plus. The latter is open every Friday (9 am-5 pm) and Saturday (9 am-3 pm) and offers a large variety of good quality merchandise. Donations of useable merchandise may be made during the above hours. A dance is held every Friday (7:30-10:30 pm) and provides safe and enjoyable entertainment in a non smoke and alcohol environment. Clarksville Ruritans meet monthly at 7 pm on the third Monday at the Clarksville Community Center. Guests interested in joining the Ruritans are welcome at these meetings.


VETS Logo Vectored Old 021615Headquartered in Clarksville, Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions (VETS), Inc. is an award winning provider of Information Technology, Operations Support, Training, and Back Office support services to numerous government and commercial customers. VETS is proud to call the Clarksville area our home.



McDonald's Clarksville McDonald’s, 434-374-0198



Benchmark133 College Street, Clarksville. Bank services.


101 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville. Overlooking Bugg’s Island Lake. Executive suites, honeymoon suites and king rooms available. Swimming pool – micro-fridges, cable TV. Efficiencies are adjacent to motel. Floating dock, fish cleaning tables, deck overlooking lake, nice beach area. Additional parking for boats with electrical outlets. Free continental breakfast. The Lamplighter Restaurant & Lounge is adjacent to the motel. Across the Lake from Occoneechee State Park. Free wireless Internet access. Sell Hunting and fishing licenses.
Magnuson Hotel on the Lake103 2nd Street, Clarksville. Overlooking Bugg’s Island Lake. Offers 70 rooms with microfridge, in room coffeemaker, hair dryer,iron and iron board, data port and free continental breakfast. Conference room for groups up to 100 people. Outdoor swimming pool for your summer comfort and relaxation. Extended parking with electrical hook-ups. McDonalds and fine dining at the Lamplighter Restaurant & Lounge are within 500 feet. Children 16 and under are free. **Free High Speed Internet Access**


LCS Lake Country Satellite has been serving our community since 1999 and have worked hard to become an Elite Dealer for Exede Internet. From the initial sales call to the installation, quality and courtesy is the key to our success. Be sure to stop by our new mobile office and emergency communications trailer during Lake Fest.


Sentara HZ 142-Black 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston. Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has over 1100 employees and serves acute-care and skilled-care patients, outpatients and long-term care residents. Its acute-care facility, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and has over 100 physicians representing 28 specialties on its medical staff. Sentara Halifax Regional is also affiliated with two family medicine practices in Mecklenburg County.


Lakes Media US 98.3 FM WLUS-FM Clarksville/Henderson/South Boston NC-VA.The Most Country Music, Guaranteed! 95.3 WHLF-FM South Boston/Roxboro VA-NC. Today’s soft rock favorites. Rewind 101.9 South Hill/Norlina/Lake Gaston VA-NC. Enjoy the Greatest Hits of All Time . . . the biggest hits by the greatest artists of the 60s, 70s and 80s, & 1045 the Dan-Classic Hits of the 70s and 80s!


602 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville. Weekly newspaper. Published every Wednesday; circulation 17,800. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Wednesday: 9:00 Am – 12:30 PM Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.


progress 850 E. Second Street, Chase City. The News Progress is published each Wednesday.




Century 21 412 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville. Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. Come for a VACATION and Stay for a LIFETIME! SOVA and Lake Country Specialists for homes and lots both on and off Buggs Island/Kerr Lake, acreage, condos, commercial, plus vacation rentals. Let our TEAM Work for YOU!


Simmons 311 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville. Real estate and long-term rentals. Simmons and Associates Realty have been guiding homeowners to their dreams in Southside Virginia’s Lake Country for more than thirty years. When it’s time to find your home in Clarksville, Mecklenburg County, or anywhere in the Kerr Reservoir-Buggs Island Lake area, it’s time to call Simmons and Associates! Our listings include waterfront homes and home sites, condominiums, homes in the historic towns of Clarksville, Boydton and Chase City, as well as countryside living in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.


VCU-CMH_Web125 Buena Vista Circle, South Hill. Founded in 1954, VCU Community Memorial Hospital (VCU-CMH) is a not-for-profit health care facility governed by a voluntary, elected Board of Trustees. VCU Community Memorial Healthcenter, planned and built by the people of Brunswick, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg Counties. Today, VCU-CMH is licensed for 260 beds and provides a wide array of in-patient services, including acute care and long-term care along with many outpatient programs such as home health, hospice and many others. Since our inception, we have grown to be one of the area’s largest employers with approximately 800 employees, 200+ volunteers and 85 physicians, representing 30 medical specialties, on staff.

This Year’s 1st MATE SPONSORS ARE:


We are a full service floating dock builder serving the Bugg’s Island / Kerr lake and Lake Gaston area. We are located in the town of Clarksville, Virginia on the beautiful shores of Bugg’s Island Lake. We are a US Army Corps of Engineers approved dock builder and can help provide you with information on the dock permitting process. We have complete dock systems on display for you to help with your decision making in finding the right type of dock for your needs. We are always willing to help answer any questions that you may have about finding the right dock for you.


321 Virginia Avenue. Welcome to Virginia’s Only Lakeside Town! Clarksville was the first incorporated town in the county of Mecklenburg. We hold the World’s record for Largest Blue Catfish caught here at Buggs Island Lake/Kerr Lake. We are lakeside the largest lake in Virginia and currently are the only place in the world that have the Hydro glow fishing lights installed on our business bridge for the fisherman.


1002 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville. Home of “Lifetime Free Checking” and other great banking advantages including customer friendly hours.


You’ll Love Banking Here!


Marina 411 4th Street, Clarksville. Serving Clarksville for more than 34 years, the Clarksville Marina offers a Gas dock, slips, general store and Pontoon boat rentals. We also sell new and used pontoon boats powered with Evinrude E-Tec Motors.


HHM Porta Toilet LLC offers premium quality portable toilet rentals, portable sink stations, tent, table and chair rentals for economic rental prices.


Electricity Service Provider.


rudds Located on Buggs Island Lake in Boydton, VA, Rudd’s Creek Marina offers wet slip and covered shed boat storage as well as a gas dock, marine and convenience store.


Picture1Insurance and financial services. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company® is the largest auto insurer in the U.S. since 1942. About one of every five cars on the road is insured with State Farm. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is a mutual insurance company and as such does not have any shareholders. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is also the parent company of several wholly-owned subsidiaries that provide property and life insurance, banking products and mutual funds.


APlus_5-Color-Logo “Your Lakefest Cooling Station located at 402 Virginia Ave. Come enjoy covered seating, misting fans, doggie drinking pools, & sprinklers for the kids.”

8188 Hwy 15, Clarksville, Va…..434-374-9878


Talbert building supply is proud to serve Southside Virginia!  We take into consideration the needs of the local contractors as well as the local home owners and highly value the business from both. Our products range from garden supplies, home cleaning products , automotive lubricants to anything you would need to construct a home.  Please stop in and check us out at 11799 HWY 15 Clarksville, Va 23925.  Monday-Friday 7-5  Saturday 8-12.


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This Year’s Helmsmen Sponsors ARE:

Clarksville Auto Napa
Matthews Sanitation
Moore’s Chevrolet
Preddy Memorial Foundation
Southside Marine