The Clarke County Weekend Planner

The premature heat wave we saw this week has passed leaving a beautiful weekend of sunny weather with temperatures forecast in the mid eighties. Clear skies with only a chance of thunderstorms means we will have great weather to get out and enjoy the weekend. Here’s what’s going on in and around Clarke County.

Roar into the weekend with the the Interstate Truck Pull tonight at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. This raw power event is sponsored by the Clarke County Young Farmers (CCYF) and money raised goes toward scholarships and other local charities. Gates open at 4 and   events begin at 7. Admission is $10.00 for adults and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

Saturday, start off early with a visit to the Clarke County Farmer’s Market. More fruits and vegetables are coming into season each week. Last week had beautiful Swiss Chard, a variety of lettuce and plenty of baked goods and barbecue. Stop by and start the weekend with a local harvest. The market runs from 8-12 noon in Berryville.

Saturday is also shaping up to be a philanthropic extravaganza as three local organizations hold fundraisers in Clarke County.

First the Lone Oak Tavern in Boyce, VA will be hosting an all day benefit for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Saturday starting at 9:30 AM. Festivities include a “Poker Run” with a breakfast buffet, an outdoor Beach Party, a pig roast, live music and much more. For complete details visit their event listing here.

Also the local Relay for Life event will be held Saturday at Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville, Va. The event will start at 4:00 p.m. with a survivor’s walk, followed by a care givers walk.   A Kids’ Walk will also take place starting at 5 p.m.   The luminary ceremony will take place at dusk.   Relay For Life teams will set-up camp around the track and will hold a variety of fund raisers throughout the event.   Activities during the two day event include kid’s activities, face painting, music, food, and much more. Admission is   $10 and is payable to American Cancer society.

Grab some dinner and win a basket as the Clarke County Little League holds a Longaberger Basket Bingo & Spaghetti Dinner at the Clarke County Ruritan Building at the fairgrounds. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner from 3:00-6:00. The cost of the dinner is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids 12 and under. Bingo Games start at 7:00. Funds raised by the event go to support the   Clarke County Little League.

Speaking of baseball, the Winchester Royals will play their first home game of the 2011 season Saturday Night. The Royals play at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester and will face the Strasburg Express at 7:00PM. General admission tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Senior Citizens (60 & Over), $2.00 for Youth (6 To 12 Years) and Free for kids under 6. It’s a great way to experience local baseball.

It will also be a great weekend to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Sky Meadows State Park will be holding a local National Trails Day event from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Saturday. Activities will include: trail maintenance/clean up and a special hiking presentation by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. Bring clippers, swing blades, rakes and gloves and wear appropriate clothing & footwear. The first 40 volunteers will receive a FREE National Trails Day T-shirt. All volunteers will receive a free lunch, water, and energy bars.

Also this weekend has been designated as Free Fishing Days in Virginia. No fishing license of any kind will be required for rod and reel fishing in freshwater or saltwater, except in designated stocked trout waters, on these days. Plan some time to go fishing and boating.   Learn more from DGIF here.

To close out a busy weekend join parents and educators as Clarke County High School holds the Senior Baccalaureate Service and Senior Recognition Night, Sunday, June 5 2011, beginning at 5:00 PM. The service will be held at the Johnson-Williams Middle School auditorium.

Sponsored by the Clarke County Ministerial Association, the Baccalaureate Service is a community celebration of the 2011 graduating class.   A centuries old tradition, a baccalaureate offers a time to reflect on the accomplishments of high school and look forward to a future after graduation.

Directly following the Baccalaureate Service is the Senior Recognition Night at 6:30 p.m., also in the J-WMS auditorium. Each year scholarships from colleges and local organizations are awarded.   This year, over 90 organizations and schools will be awarding scholarships to students of the 2011 senior class.

So enjoy the beautiful weather and enjoy Clarke County.