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A weekend celebration of all things fall
SoVaNow.com / October 02, 2013Oktoberfest, Chili
Cookoff, PAWS Parade, street festival and so much more on tap
Downtown Clarksville will be a happenin’ place Friday and Saturday, as the town celebrates all things fall with food, drink and entertainment.
The fun begins Friday afternoon from 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Virginia Avenue Mall, where Clarksville’s best cooks will vie for the title of Champion of the Mecklenburg’s Finest Chili Cook-off — as voted by the residents of Clarksville.
The winner, for the last three years, has come from the ranks of laws enforcement. This year three individual cookers are aiming to wrest the title away.
Entries are still being accepted, said event sponsor Barb Martin. For more information about the cook-off, contact Martin or Mary Horn at Virginia Avenue Mall or call 434-374-5949.
A $2 ticket buys you tastings of each chili entry, as well as other food offerings. Tickets also allow you one vote for your favorite chili. Martin is encouraging everyone to vote “early and often.” For an additional $1 per vote, “you can stuff the ballot box” while helping a local charity — all of the proceeds from the event are donated to the winner’s favorite local charity.
Nothing says fall like an Oktoberfest celebration. This year, Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce is bringing the party to Clarksville on October 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with its own Oktoberfest Beer Garden.
Beverages supplied by the Blue Ridge Beverage Company will include a variety of craft beers, such as Wood Chuck Fall Cider, Belgian Pump Kick, and Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Food, including four types of sausage, will be provided by Dockery Branch Farm of South Hill.
You can’t have a beer garden without music, adds Clarksville Lake Country Chamber Director Sheila Cuykendall. Double Shot Acoustic Band from South Hill will perform at Oktoberfest. Their playbook includes classic rock, blues, funk, and a little bit country.
Admission is $7 and limited to those who are age 21 or older.
Do you have the best-dressed dog around? Do you and your dog look alike? Is your dog unique? If so, why not enter the Give Me Shelter Paws on Parade, a fundraiser for the Lake Country SPCA planned for the morning of October 5.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; the entry fee is $25 per dog. The parade follows at 10:00 a.m., with voting at 11:00 a.m. The judges are the visitors at the Harvest Days Festival.
Each entrant will receive a commemorative photo with his or her dog.
After the parade, the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate the beauty of autumn in downtown Clarksville with the Harvest Days Festival, where over 50 vendors from specialty stores to food purveyors will be selling their wares.
For the kids, there’s a bounce house, games, a petting zoo and hay rides.
The Absolute Auction begins at noon in front of the Virginia Avenue Mall, where items valued at over $2,200 will go on the auction block. Savvy bidders know they can view the merchandise in advance at Virginia Avenue Mall. Some of the items up for auction include a Fishing Rod & Reel from Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle, a lawn and garden sprinkler from Berry Hill Irrigation, and a one-day pontoon rental boat from Clarksville Marina, a $25 gift certificate from Morningstar’s Bed Bath & Curtain Outlet, and a $20 gift certificate from the Pizza Pub.
The day ends with your choice of three events.
Starting at 4-9 p.m. Clarksville will host its final Cruise-In of the season. There will be music, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes, as well as a chance to see vintage cars and unique machines, both old and new, as they line Virginia Avenue.
From 5-8 p.m., there’s the Concert for Backpack Buddies at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 111 Sixth Street. $12.00 buys BBQ dinner while listening to country music, old and new, performed by Seventh Son, a men’s choral ensemble from Charlotte, N.C. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Jean Crowe at 434-210-2596. All proceeds from this event will be used to buy food for children who otherwise would go without.
At 7:30 p.m., the doors open at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center for the showing of “Play On,” a comedy about the disasters that befall a community theater group as it attempts to stage a play written by a novice playwright. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The Clarksville Community Players box office, located in the Fine Arts Center, is open Monday - Friday from noon-6 p.m. For more information, call the Clarksville Community Players at 434-374-0058.
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