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Posted: Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Enter your antique automobiles in the 19th annual Antique Auto Show, which will be featured at Lakefest in Clarksville on Saturday, July 20, 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 1) Hard Luck Story, 2) Oldest Vehicle, 3) Longest Distance Traveled, 4) Diamond in the Rough and 5) The most important trophy of the show; Tom Lilly BEST IN SHOW Award. Among 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 or at the Chamber Office) and return with the $10 fee prior to festival or $20 day of the show. The application can be mailed out or faxed to those interested in participating. For more information about registering your vehicle for the show, contact Century 21 On the Lake (434-374-2279) or the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce (434-374-2436) or HERE.

Bob Murphy, an organizer of the antique auto show is shown with two vehicles that he will be entering: on the left is a 1937 Ford, which took part in the July 2010 Dupont Registry, was the “Good Guys” pick at Myrtle Beach this year and it also won the PPG award in York, PA. Car on the right is a rare 1972 Buick Grand Sport Convertible–only 39 were made. Other organizers of the auto show are Lise Burnett, Glen Burney, and Jackie Lilly. The late Tom Lilly, husband of Jackie Lilly, originally sponsored this show.


Posted: Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Helicopter Rides Clarksville Lake FestivalPaul Jackson, Helicopter Pilot, has been flying since June 2006. His generosity supports such organizations as:

  • Trucker’s Parade for Cancer, Charlotte County & Nelson County, Va.
  • Farmville Chamber of Commerce
  • Ruritan Club of South Hill Va.
  • Phenix Volunteer Fire Dept.

 He also spearheaded the fun fundraisers of a Golf Ball and Easter Egg Drop for numerous organizations.

 Paul has been flying excited children and adults in helicopter rides at Lakefest for three years now. He and his Helicopter were recently featured on the popular reality T.V. show:  “Lizard Lick Towing”.

 You will see Paul flying over the beautiful Buggs Island lake most any weekend in his green & gold Helicopter (his preferred means of travel). Be sure to give him a wave when you see him hover over.

 We are lucky to welcome back Paul Jackson to Lakefest again this year! Take advantage of seeing Lake Country from the air! It is a memory you will never forget.


Posted: Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Beginning on the early morning of July 18, Alan Matsumoto and his friends will start their creative adventure in making a “larger than life” sand sculpture for the 36th annual Virginia Lake Festival.  Starting with several tons of sand…Matsumoto and his fellow sculptures begin the process of making a creation from the ground up.  It is fascinating to watch them work and attempt to figure out exactly what the ending result will be.  He may give some helpful hints along the way…

Matsumoto served as a structural engineer in Vancouver, Canada for 19 years and has been professionally sand sculpting fulltime now for 21 years.  He currently lives in Roanoke, VA.

He shared the World Champion Sand sculpting title my teammates for seven years straight, held a Guinness World Record in sand sculpting, and has appeared in various media including National Geographic magazine and on the NBC Today Show.  Matsumoto has also been the National Snow sculpting Champion of Canada and twice Champion of Province of British Columbia.

His professional sand sculptures have been seen in more than 24 State Fairs
and more County Fairs, malls, and festivals from Florida to Alaska and
Hawaii. He has created sand sculptures in other countries and cities that include Perth, Melbourne, Sydney Australia, Luliang, Sanya China, Johannesburg South Africa, Venice Italy, Aruba, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Quebec City.  In 2010 he was called to carve snow for the NBC Today Show during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Be sure to stop by and check out his work starting Thursday morning, July 18 and stop by often to check on his progress until he finishes up the project on Saturday, July 20, around noon.

Alan and team in 2010 at the 33rd annual Lakefest


Posted: Sunday, May 19th, 2013

What does Flying Super Spinner, Scooby Doo, Thomas the Train, Fun Slide, Jurassic Adventure, and Rock Climbing Wall mean to Lakefest?  Too much fun!

WindjammerThe newest addition this year is called the Windjammer Kite Flyer.  It is a family ride adorned with brightly colored lights that has six hang glider type chairs that whisk you up, down, and around mimicking a flying effect.

The trackless tram will be running the streets again Saturday 10am-5pm.

To give an extra boost to the entertainment possibilities in Clarksville for Lakefest weekend, the Chamber has contracted with Fun Time Amusements of Danville to insure rides and games for all ages will be available.  A total of nine activities will be in Clarksville for all to enjoy.

Fun Time Amusements has been providing family entertainment for more than 55 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.  Most of the rides and games will be located on the grassy lot adjacent to the area.

scoobie2The 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.  Likewise, they perform their own electrical and safety checks before equipment operation and then, the State of Virginia’s safety officials’ follow-up with their inspections.  In addition, employees of Fun Time Amusements who will be operating the rides are experienced and specially trained on an on-going basis.  Besides the rides, Fun Time Amusements will also provide two “prize every-time” game booths that will be well stocked with prizes for the young and the young-at-heart.   Games will be dart balloon bust and kids fishing game.  As always, we will have cotton candy, candy/caramel apples, popcorn, sno-cones, and fresh lemonade.


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.


Posted: Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

2011 Lake Festival LogoThe Official 2011 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; Michael Jancart of Nelson created the winning Lakefest design.  The front of the shirts boast the firework graphic surrounded by the words “Virginia Lake Festival, Clarksville, Virginia’s Only Lakeside Town.”  Each shirt also has the Clarksville Ruritan logo imprinted on the left sleeve, which reflects their Lakefest 2011 Captain Sponsorship.

The shirts come in a variety of colors—white, black, yellow haze, grey ice, and azalea 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.


Chris and Stephanie Bailey recently brought their two daughters to the Clarksville Chamber and the foursome picked out their favorite Lakefest t-shirts. Pictured from left to right: dad Chris, daughter Elena, age 5; daughter Annelise, age 9; and mom Stephanie. Chris is the financial advisor at the Edward Jones Investments in Clarksville and he also serves as secretary on the Chamber’s board of directors. For best selection of sizes and colors—shop early and secure your favorite ones.

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 34th annual Lakefest is scheduled for July 14-16.