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South Boston News / July 25, 2018
Another Lakefest is in the books. Cooler weather once again drew record crowds to the three-day event in Clarksville.

Now in its fifth decade the Virginia Lake Festival, thanks to the efforts of Sheila Cuykendall and the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber, employees with the town of Clarksville and the many volunteers, showed why it is consistently ranked one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

On Thursday Brenda Fariss said more than 600 kids received tethered balloon rides, nearly twice number from the year before.

Despite clouds, the balloonists took flight Saturday morning as runners crossed the Business 58 bridge into downtown Clarksville for the YMCA 5K and Fun Run. This year’s winner with a time of 17:30.1 was Bluestone High School cross country track star standout Frank Csorba. The first place for female runner went to Kayla Royster who posted a time of 21:49.5.

Several 70 and over runners posted impressive times among them Everett Mounts, 73, who finished in just under 30 minutes to take home the first place trophy for his age group.

By 9 a.m. Saturday the streets were filling with visitors who came ready to shop, spend time with Disney characters, peruse antique cars and enjoy the food from the wide variety of food trucks that lined the street. A few brave souls even took their turn on the mechanical bull.

The celebration officially ended Saturday, as it always does with an awe-inspiring fireworks display, but the party continued til the wee hours with live music at the Lamplighter, the Pizza Pub, and Coopers Landing Inn and Travelers Tavern.

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