The Clarke Weekender – June 22 – The MEGA Edition

Clarke County will be a hub of activity this weekend as thousands of bicycle enthusiasts roll into town. This spike in the population of Berryville has meant a wealth of activities for everyone to enjoy. In addition, there are several other regularly scheduled events in the county that all add up to make this a MEGA weekend in Clarke County.

After our first real dose of summer heat, forecasters say temperatures will drop to the mid eighties on Saturday and Sunday. However, the front that is ushering in this welcome relief from the heat may spawn some severe thunderstorms Friday evening so be prepared and batten down those tents over at the high school.

The weekend starts today as festivities kick off for the Bike Virginia Tour. Enjoy!

Friday, as visitors begin to pour into town, stop by downtown Berryville for a two-day wine and beer festival. A wine tasting area will be set up in the Rose Hill park along with great live music. At the same time the Barns of Rose Hill will be holding their outdoor beer garden.  Vendors will be on hand for delicious food and other items.  Enjoy great beverages and fun Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Rather get away from the crowds Friday evening? Try the “Millwood Community Picnic” in the park at the Burwell- Morgan Mill. Bring a dish to share as your admission and  get grilled hot dogs, burgers, fixings, sodas, and other shared dishes. Enjoy live music from local groups including, Chip Schutte and friends, David Banks and company, with Lee King and his gospel group to close out the evening. There will also be raffles auctions and more. Event runs from 6:00 PM to dark. For more information please call 540-837-2252.

Saturday morning don’t miss the weekly Farmer’s Market in Berryville. New items are in season every week so stop by and get some of the best Clarke County has to offer. The market runs from 8:00 a.m. though 12 noon.

Later in the morning dig into farming up to your elbows at the 5th annual HarvFest. The event will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Clermont Farm. HarvFest is a one-day festival celebrating local food, farming, and history. Clarke County’s rich agricultural heritage will be showcased via local food and drink vendors, farming demonstrations, historic tours, exhibits and more . Admission is $5 per person, kids under 12 free. Clermont Farm is at the intersection of Route 7 and East Main Street near Audley Farm.

Get your geek on as the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club holds its annual Field Day at the Clarke County Fair Grounds, off Rt 7 Business in Berryville, from 2 PM Saturday to 2 PM Sunday, June 23 and 24. Field Day involves setting up portable antennas and radio equipment using emergency power and operating around the clock to demonstrate Amateurs’ ability to communicate in less-than-ideal conditions and to provide the general public an opportunity to see Amateur Radio in action. Family friendly and free of charge.

Later in the day on Saturday enjoy some old fashioned fun, food and festivities as the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association holds their annual fundraiser for Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue. This is the 2oth year they have held the event and this will be the LAST YEAR they will be making their famous barbecue. Don’t miss this genuine community event and support a great cause while you’re at it. Features live and silent auctions, fire truck rides, live music and much, much more. The event will be held Saturday, June 23 from 4 PM – 10 PM at the Horseshoe Curve Restaurant located at 1162 Pine Grove Road in Bluemont.

Saturday evening circle back to downtown Berryville for the “BIKE VIRGINIA’S 25th Anniversary FREE PERFORMANCE at Rose Hill Park” Enjoy the outdoor beer & wine garden featuring music by Furnace Mountain. Music starts at 6:30 PM. Admission to the concert is free.

Also Saturday evening, the “Blandy Concert featuring Banana Express” starts at 5:00 and runs through 7:00 PM. BYOB, blankets, and chairs. The cost is $7 per person (free to FOSA Members). For more information please call: 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.

On Sunday seniors get some social time as the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Company holds their annual “SENIOR SOCIAL.” the event runs from 12 Noon till 2:00 PM. at the fire hall located at 131 Retreat Road, just east of Shenandoah River,  A buffet lunch will be served along with music, and conversation for Clarke County residents age 60 and older. RSVP to Louise McCIaughry: (540) 554-8544.

With so much going on you’ll need to stay on your toes to get it all in. So enjoy the summer fun in Clarke County and… watch out for all of those bicycles on the road.




  1. Why so much alcohol ? “Two-day wine and beer festival. A wine tasting area will be set up in the Rose Hill park.” I would think consuming alcohol in the town park would be against the law. I bet if I were tasting my own wine or beer next Tuesday or Wednesday in Rose Hill Park. I would be in violation of a law. I would think the Police would frown on this. After all their job is to enforce laws about drinking or being drunk in public. Now the local government is allowing alcohol to be served in public. Will the town/county be held libel if someone leaves the park drunk as causes an accident?

    • Right Winger says:

      Breathe. They got a permit to serve alcohol. I just hope no cats or dogs will be bothered by the festivities! 😉

      • Who got the permit the vendors or the town ? Who approved the permit to have a field party in the park. I remember reading something about some folks being turned down for a permit to have field party/bash of the bands not long ago. I don’t think they planned on using the town park for the venu. Maybe a farm field some where.

  2. PineGrover says:

    Good for Berryville – I think a Wine and Beer Fest should be an annual event. There’s a plethora of wineries around and this is a good way for them to get out to the local community.
    Good luck to the HSCBA today – it’s A GREAT event for a a great cause – please support this effort!