Fluvanna Review

Aerial view of Pleasant Grove Park. Photos by Lisa HurdleFrom the air, the Fluvanna County fair cut a bright streak of color through the spread of dark green pine trees blanketing the ground. White tent tops lined the gravel path that snaked over the land, and throngs of people moved up and down. But all the sounds of the fair – the strumming of guitars, the bleating of goats, the cheering of contest winners – were drowned out by the rhythmic whirring of helicopter rotors.
Paul Jackson, from Victoria, Virginia, had his Robinson R44 helicopter up in the air most of Saturday (Aug. 23), despite the occasional sprinkle of rain. For $30 per person he’d take up to three passengers into the sky, flying them over the fair at Pleasant Grove, Camp Friendship, Lake Monticello, and parts of the Rivanna River. “It’s been a good response from people,” he said. “I’m glad they asked me to come. If it works out I’d be glad to do it next year.”
Down on the ground the fair was in full swing. Crowds of people gathered around the apple slingshots, the pie-eating contests, and the livestock shows. Over by the dunk tank, Fluvanna celebrities such as Superintendent Gena Keller, Sheriff Eric Hess, and candidate for sheriff Mark Belew took turns plunging and re-plunging into the cold water.
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The newly opened Panda Chinese restaurant has a lot going for it, food-wise that is. If you’re one of the ones looking for décor and ambiance, Chinese red walls and gold Oriental fans, that is not what Panda is all about. The restaurant offers take-out, a few tables set up for eating in, and catering for small or large parties. It is a place for the true Chinese food lover.

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For the first time in decades, Fluvanna is reviving the old county fair.
From the canned goods contest to the tractor show to the prize-winning livestock, the fair will be three days (Aug. 21 to Aug. 23) of pure country fun.
Plus, there’s no admission charge to the event, which will be held at Pleasant Grove. And there will be dozens of fun things to do.
Reviving the county fair grew out of the desire for youth development, said Jonathan Pace of the Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation Department. For example, he said, “4-H needed a place for the kids that raise animals to practice their skills of livestock showing.” To meet this need, parks and recreation partnered with the Virginia Cooperative Office and 4-H to bring back the old county fair.
The fair kicks off on Thursday evening with a Fluvanna County High School pep rally. Then some of the county’s hottest talent will gather at the amphitheater to compete for top prizes in the talent showcase. Friday evening is filled with a 4-H horse show and a performance by local stars Gary Osteen and Beth Brookman.
Running throughout the weekend is the home arts exhibit, which showcases all things “Fluvanna grown and made.” And for the competitive, there’s a chance to win prizes – ribbons, certificates, and cash – in six different categories: canned foods, produce, grains, baked goods, handmade, and crafts. Anyone who wishes to participate should register entries in person on Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.
For those who love horses, A. G. Dillard is offering free Clydesdale carriage rides on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 5 p.m.
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Ian Jackson, of I and J Home Builders talked to the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board at Thursday (June 28) night’s board meeting about more than 30 acres he hopes to buy on the Lake side of Route 618. Jackson said he plans to build homes that would cost between $190,000 and $200,000.

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Nate Szarmach won first place and best in show.The Fluvanna Art Association made their yearly sojourn to Fluvanna County High School recently to judge this years’ works.

Nate Szarmach took best in show for his large scale painting of an elderly couple walking through a garden. This same painting won first place in the advanced student category. Szarmach was touted as the one to watch by his former middle school art teacher Margie Kritzer. Current FCHS teacher, Diane Greenwood has also helped him to develop his talent. Add a comment

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