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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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Shaun Kenney, executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia. Photo by www.jaltieriphotography.comShaun Kenney, executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a special prosecutor investigating claims that Kenney used his position as former chairman of the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors for his own financial gain.
Special Prosecutor James Fisher said in a letter today (Aug. 15) to Virginia State Police Special Agent Barry Tuggle that, “After a lengthy review, my office has determined that the allegations against Mr. Kenney do not constitute violations of Virginia law, and we are closing our file accordingly.” He added, “…We have determined that Mr. Kenney’s conduct in no way violated any provisions of the laws of the Commonwealth, criminal or otherwise.”
“I’m relieved,” said Kenney when he learned the results of the investigation. “We suspected this was spurious and we received confirmation of that today. Obviously it always hurts to have your reputation questioned in public; I’m just glad that mine had the opportunity to shine through. It has been a distraction for me and my family for some time and now,” he added, “Now we can get back to doing the good work that we wanted to do in the town of Columbia, without that backdrop of small town politics.”
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The Fluvanna County School Board voted Wednesday (Aug. 13) to ask county supervisors for up to $600,000 to replace computers and to maintain classroom technology such as smart boards and computer projectors.
School Board Chairman Camilla Washington said, “I feel this project has been put off for far too long. We need to share the information with the Board of Supervisors so they can understand what we need.”
Washington added that some teachers have computers that cannot even make it through one class period without failing, and emphasized that a reasonable replacement cycle for those computers was necessary.
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Owners Michael and Mackenzie Eurell. Photos by Tricia JohnsonME2, a market and eatery owned and run by father-daughter team Mike and Mackenzie Eurell, has been winning devoted fans among the residents of the Lake Monticello community, and beyond. Located between Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Lake Monticello on Rt. 53, this quaint country store and eatery is swiftly gaining a local reputation as the go-to place for specialty cakes and other baked goods, and for delicious sandwiches and other savory foods to go.
ME2 looks like just another country store from the outside, but once you step inside the doors, there is no mistaking the fact that you are someplace special. Tempting aromas fill the air – the rich chocolate smell of brownies fresh from the oven; the spicy-smoky aroma of homemade barbecue – and if you are lucky enough to be there when the sweet potato rolls are pulled from the oven, you will be taking some home with you. It is an “upper class country store with really good food,” according to Mike Eurell. The cheesecakes, baked by Mackenzie, are a popular favorite among customers. Described by her father as a chef who “likes to play”, Mackenzie makes not only standard cheesecake flavors, but occasionally makes innovative versions that sell out quickly.
Visitors quickly find themselves in conversation with Mike or Mackenzie. Friendly and gregarious, they are happy to explain their menu, talk about their philosophy of cooking, and encourage you to try new things. “We had a customer, a woman who said she didn’t like the taste of maple. Mackenzie had just made maple cookies and I said ‘Just try it!’ She ate three maple cookies before she knew what she was doing - and took a dozen home with her,” said Mike. He added with a grin, “We have customers who say ‘I normally don’t like that,’ and then they come back for thirds and I say ‘I thought you didn’t like that!’ and they say ‘Well, I’ve never had it like that before!’”

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Cyndi Hoffman, Fluvanna county library director. Photo by Tricia JohnsonYour community needs your help. This was the message shared by 15 local government agencies and non-profit organizations who gathered on Aug. 16 at the Fluvanna County Library to host a volunteer fair.
Groups as diverse as Meals on Wheels and the Rivanna Master Naturalists shared space, explaining their missions and their volunteer needs to a steady stream of visitors interested in learning how they could give back to their friends and neighbors.
The needs ranged from simple – both Peaceful Passings and the Fluvanna SPCA, for instance, could use volunteer dog walkers – to more complex; Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity is looking for someone willing to act as a youth coordinator. Some of the groups require specific training and an ongoing commitment of time, such as Fluvanna Fire and Rescue; others need volunteers who simply sign up for a specific date for an hour or so, like the Fluvanna Library, which needs volunteers to read to the children on Friday mornings.
The fair was the brainchild of Cyndi Hoffman, director of the Fluvanna County Public Library, and she was pleased with the turn out. “We’ve had a good response. There has been lots of traffic in and around and hopefully lots of people are getting new volunteers.”
Every group there said that they were happy with the response, and each group had either signed up new volunteers, or had people express an interest in their mission and the services they offer.
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