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South Boston News / July 24, 2019
Another Lakefest is in the books, and it was a sizzler.

Despite the extreme heat, the 42nd annual Virginia Lake Festival was a resounding success, says Clarksville Lake Country Chamber executive director Sheila Cuykendall, who pointed to the crowds that packed on Virginia Avenue early Saturday morning, the complete sell-out of souvenir T-shirts and the balloon pilots that were able to launch both Friday and Saturday morning.

Disney characters Jasmine and Aladdin, jugglers, balloon and improv artists Just Joey and Professor Twist wowed the kids at the UCVR stage. Over at Food Lion, fans lined up to have their picture taken with Steve Ray Tickle from the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners show or soar over the town riding in Paul Jackson’s helicopter.

YMCA Director Malyka Walton said she was both surprised and pleased the high temperatures did not deter the 160-plus runners who participated in the YMCA Lakefest 5K and fun run early Saturday morning. She was especially happy that the turnout this year was higher than the year before.

Finishing first place overall was recent Bluestone High School grad and cross-country standout Frank Csorba. He ran the 3.1 mile race in just over 17 minutes. The first place woman was Laura Howes. The winner of the kids fun run was Nathan Chessman, who was running his first race.

Several new artists and crafters made choosing winners in the juried art show difficult, but prizes were awarded to Owl Hollow Creations of Virgilina, first place, Left of Center Pottery from Forest, second place, and J&M Crafts of Millersburg, Pa., third place. Honorable mention went to Plans of the Heart/Tots for Jesus of Waynesboro.

Three happy winners took home prizes from the Lake Country Chamber raffle. They were Karin Kuhn, winner of the beach toys, Shirley Bolling, winner of the patio furniture and Pam Taylor, winner of the fishing gear.

While weather kept the balloon pilots grounded Saturday evening, the fireworks show went off without a hitch, marking an end to the 42nd annual celebration by Buggs Island Lake.

Cuykendall said she plans a short respite before planning begins anew for the 43rd Lakefest.

Town Manager Jeff Jones said visitors told him how much they enjoyed this year’s festivities, and suggested they should plan a return visit in October when the town holds its annual Harvest Days festival. That event will take place Oct. 5 along with the final Lake Life Live concert of 2019.

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