Field Day of the Past, one of Virginia’s best-loved events, will be moving to Amelia County to host its 29th annual event, Sept. 17-19. Field Day has the down-home feel of an old-time country fair while providing museum-quality exhibits and preserving and maintaining historic buildings. Tractor pulls, antique machinery, carnival rides, small engine displays, arts and crafts, and sorghum molasses production are all just parts of Field Day. Admission is $15 each day. Children under 13 are free and senior citizens are $10. Go to fielddayofthepast.net for the latest info.
Make sure Winchester is on your list of fall getaways this year. The bustling Old Town walking mall is the vibrant cultural hub of the northern Shenandoah Valley, and the perfect headquarters for experiencing beautiful country drives, family markets, breweries, wineries, orchards and festivals for all ages. Discover the stories of Patsy Cline, George Washington and America’s Civil War, all rooted in Winchester.
This year, the 2021 Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held Sept. 18 and 19 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground Rd., in Clear Brook, Va.
The festival is both family and pet friendly. Festivities include an apple pie baking contest, and, of course, an apple pie eating contest. There will also be a classic car and hot rod show, live entertainment and much more. For more information, go to visitwinchesterva.com
The Culpeper County Economic Development Office and Culpeper Harvest Days Farm Tour Committee are thrilled to host the 24th Annual Harvest Days Farm Tour, Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Fun for all ages, the tour will showcase both traditional and unique farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills that make up Culpeper County. The event includes an array of hands-on activities and demonstrations. The 14 carefully selected farms and ag-related businesses on the tour reflect Culpeper’s agricultural heritage. Download the brochure by visiting culpeperfarmtour.com or pick up a brochure during the event. Go to facebook.com/ culpeperfarmtour for the most up-to-date Farm Tour news and information.
Emporia and Greensville County are stoked on peanuts — the 59th annual Peanut Festival, that is.
All your favorites will be on hand: a car show, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, a parade, live music, tractor displays, golf tournament and all that delicious festival food to which we look forward.
Visit emporiagreensvillechamber.com/virginia-peanut-festival for more info.
SOUTH BOSTON HARVEST FESTIVAL | Sept. 25 – CANCELED
The 30th annual Harvest Festival will have two stages of live continuous entertainment. Skeedaddle the Clown will be with us making balloon sculptures. Marlo the Magician will be doing his magic tricks on the festival streets. Hill City Cloggers will be performing for the visitors. Food for all tastes including When Pigs Fly BBQ and Konopizza, the pizza you eat in a cone. For more info, go to soboharvestfest.com.
The top-ranking sheepdogs and their handlers will qualify for this event that will crown the North American champion at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va. Don’t miss this chance to see the National Sheepdog Finals, which is only hosted on the East Coast once every three years. Go to bellegrove.org for more information.
Come on out to Gobbler Farm, a 190-acre farm featuring greenhouse grown flowers, herbs, mums, pansies, houseplants, succulents and more; 21 Flowerbeds; Retail Shop – The Hen’s Nest – farm and plant themed items; events and workshops; photo shoots; free-range eggs.
In addition to the Oct. 9 festival, Saturdays, Sunsets & Sweets will run weekly through October. Call 540-222-9205 or go to gobblerhillfarmva.com for more information.
This year, an award-winning farm tour will be held again in Fauquier County. Visit any or all of the farms on the tour and enjoy animal exhibits, interpretive tours, demonstrations, farm machinery, cows, calves and hayrides. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit fauquierag.com for the latest information.
On whatever busy highway life has you traveling, take the time to stop in Mecklenburg County. Discover charming towns, splash around in Virginia’s largest lake, enjoy a craft brew, a gourmet meal, take a stroll through historic destinations and wineries, or dance the night away at an outdoor summer concert. You’ll find more of what matters here. Go to visitmeckva.com for more info.
Pick pumpkins at Miller Farms or seek an autumn adventure in Belvedere Plantation’s over-the-top corn maze. Sip decadent wines at one of five wineries during a fall festival or take in the gorgeous foliage in the many historic battlefields. Whether you’re looking for an adults night out or a family-fun, fun expedition, find your fall spot in Spotsylvania County, Va. Go to visitspotsy.com for more information.