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Horses plow at last year's Old Farm DayEach year it seems all of Fluvanna anxiously awaits the first Saturday in October.

That’s when Old Farm Day comes to Pleasant Grove.

This year’s event is the 17th time people will gather to celebrate Fluvanna’s farming heritage.

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Fluvanna Fire and EMS providers are working together better than anyone may have imagined, according to the final report of the Virginia Fire Services Board.

After spending two days on site visits and innumerable hours researching how Fluvanna provides fire and emergency services, the report had many suggestions for improvement.

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John MayJohn May’s property near Central Elementary School is host to three barns filled from dirt floor to wooden rafters with anything one would need to run a farm.  That is, if you wanted to run a farm in 1930.

Numerous seeders, planters, shellers, plows and buggies – dusty and rusty with age – pack ever inch of roof-covered space.  Occasionally May points out something strange – an antique dog treadmill, an ice saw, or a fireplace grate made from old wagon axels.  Remarkably, at 90-years-old, May remembers the story behind each piece.  Turning towards three buggies buried in the back, he points out one that was owned by a British Lord, another he picked up at a used car lot, and yet another he brought to an Amish family in Ohio to repair.

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Tom Frost at the 175th anniversary celebrationCunningham Methodist church celebrated its 175th anniversary on Sept. 30. More than 146 people attended the service and homecoming luncheon. Pastor Tom Frost and his congregation reminisced about the history of the church built in 1837.

A memory board provided the history of Cunningham’s 175 years. Items on display included a pocket Bible (1839) that belonged to Lucy Ann Jones; a hymn book (1899) belonging to Annie L. Jones; a lawn party ticket from Sept. 17, 1891, and a picture of the church taken in 1916.

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Tasting at the wine festivalThousands poured into Starlite Park to have wine poured into their glasses.

The rain held off Saturday (Sept. 29) for festival goers to enjoy tasting, music and each other at the second Fluvanna Wine Festival.

First, the wine tents were so crowded there was no getting to them to ask how things were going. It appeared things were going well.

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