15th-annual Claytor Lake Festival to be held June 9 in Dublin
The 15th-annual Claytor Lake Festival will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 (rain or shine) at the Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin.
Activities will include arts, crafts, and food vendors, a wine tasting, fire-truck display, car show, fishing tournament, fireworks, live music entertainment, and more.
The Old Dominion Historical Fire Society’s Antique Fire Truck Drive In will begin at 10 a.m. The fire trucks are a treat for youth and adults alike. The historical society has been preserving and collecting fire-fighting memorabilia, including trucks, manuals, photographs, records, and books important to the history of fire-fighting, since 1979. For more information on the Old Dominion Historical Society please visit their website at odhfs.org or email email@example.com.
The Annual Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will not be a pre-registration for the car show this year. The $15 entry fee will be collected at the state park entrance checkpoint. There will be 10-12 categories with voting by car show participants. Categories are Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Muscle Car, Best Custom, Most Original, Best Modified, Best Engine, Best Street Rod, Ladies’ Choice, Best 50’s, Best Modern Production and Best Rat Rod. All entries will receive dash plaques, and category winners will receive trophies. This year the festival has a beach theme, and participants are encouraged to decorate accordingly if they would like.
The Everett Lee Yearout, Jr. Adult/Youth Fishing Tournament and Essay Contest will begin at 7 a.m., with the presntation of awards and trophies in the afternoon. A Coast Guard Auxiliary Helicopter Landing and Static Display will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a Search and Rescue at 1:15 p.m. Flying Aces will have remote-control airplanes, cars and trucks performing tricks and stunts all day. There will also be information booths on the Friends of Claytor Lake and the Claytor Lake Sailing Association, plus limited “Sailboat Rides.” The Pulaski Fresh Farm-To-Table will be on site to promote a local foods economy in Pulaski County and the region.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a wine tasting featuring Virginia wineries, including Attimo Winery in Christiansburg, Virginia Mountain Vineyard in Fincastle, Homeplace Vineyard in Chatham, and Stanburn Winery in Patrick Springs.
There will also be a mini-performance of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma” at 11:30 a.m. by the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. The musical will be performed at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre through July 1. Live beach music entertainment will include Uptown Trio from 12:30 to 3:30; Part Time Party Time Band from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Southern Nights from 7:30 p.m. till after fireworks by Grucci at dusk.
Arts, crafts, and food vendors, including children’s activities, will be on site throughout the day. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the festival’s arts and craft show this year, please contact the Fine Arts Center of the New River Valley at 980-7363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parking fee is $10, or $5 if you bring five cans of food to be donated to a local food bank. The parking fee encourages carpooling or use of shuttle. Shuttle buses will run from Dublin Walmart starting at 6 p.m. with return service after the fireworks. Boy Scout Troop 249 will be helping with parking and food donations.
The festival is coordinated by Claytor Lake State Park, Claytor Lake Festival Committee, and the Fine Arts Center of the NRV. Sponsors include Pulaski County, Appalachian Power, Food City, Bath Fitters, Draper Aden Associates, Lowe’s of Pulaski County, and Martin’s Pharmacy.
– Submitted by Donna Rorrer, Fine Arts Center
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