Rich Valley Fair
Where: Rich Valley Fairgrounds
When: Going on Now
The 80th Annual Rich Valley Fair and Horse Show is in full swing at the Rich Valley Fairgrounds. Events are scheduled every evening this week with Bull Riding on Friday, August 1 and the Open Horse Show and Youth Day on Saturday, August 2. A full schedule of events is available at www.richvalleyfair.com. We are proud to be a continuing sponsor of this outstanding community event, which is staged by the Rich Valley Agricultural and Fair Association.
Virginia Highlands Festival
Where: Abingdon, VA
When: August 1 - 10
The Virginia Highlands Festival was started in 1948 by Robert Porterfield, founder of the Barter Theatre, as a simple one-week festival to showcase Appalachian arts and crafts. It has grown to be one of the major festivals in the Southeast. This years Festival is the 66th and it officially begins August 1 and continues through August 10. A calendar of Festival events and other Festival information are available at www.vahighlandsfestival.org
Honaker Girls Win State! Off to Florida!!
Where: Ft. Myers, Florida
When: July 26th - 30th
The Honaker Girls’ Junior League Softball Team won the Virginia State Championship and are off to Florida to represent the state of Virginia in the Southeastern U.S. Regional Tournament July 26th – 30th in Fort Myers, Florida. All our best to these outstanding athletes!
Where: Rural Retreat Lake Pool
When: August (Date TBD)
The next “Dive-In” Movie at the Rural Retreat Lake swimming pool will be in August. On “Dive-in Movie nights, pool staff transform the pool into a swimmable movie theatre. Children two and under are admitted free and there is a $4 admission price for everyone else. Contact
Wythe County Parks & Recreation at 276.228.4500 for date, time and details.
4-H Horse & Pony Club Meeting
Where: Smyth County Extension Office
When: August 7
The Smyth County 4-H Horse and Pony Club will meet Thursday August 7th at the Smyth County Extension Office at 6:30 PM for learning, riding, and hands on events with equine from local communities. Levels of learning are from elementary to advanced. Participants must be at least in the 4th grade to participate in this club. For more information, contact the Smyth County 4-H Office at 276-783-5175 or Club Leader Julia Jones at 276-782-8888. Participants do not have to own a horse.
Crooked Road Youth Music Series
Where: Heartwood in Abingdon, VA
When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays
The Crooked Road Youth Music Series features youth music performers and showcases venues of the Crooked Road region. These events, along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month, are hosted at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway at I-81 Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at thecrookedroad.org and at heartwoodvirginia.org.
D.A.R.E Golf Tournament
Where: Holston Hills Community Golf Course, Marion, VA
When: August 22
The Smyth County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E Golf Tournament is set for Friday, August 22 at Holston Hills Community Golf Course in Marion, VA. Information is available at 276-781-2332.
Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer
Where: Damascus, VA
When: July 25 & 26
The Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer raises awareness and much-needed funding for research for all rare cancers is set for Saturday, July 26 with a kickoff dinner Friday, July 25. The event has raised over $375,000 in just three tears. You can help. To find out how, go to
Battle of Saltville
Where: Saltville, VA
When: August 15 -17
The 150TH Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Saltville will be observed August 15 -17 at the Old Battlefield on Well Fields Road in Saltville, VA. This historic battlefield re-enactment is nationally famous. Information is available at www.saltville.org and at
Song of the Mountains
Where: Downtown Marion, VA
When: August 2nd
Another great Song of the Mountains Concert and taping for public television at the Lincoln Theatre in Historic Downtown Marion, VA happens Saturday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm. The Crowe Brothers are featured, along with Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, A Deeper Shade of Blue, Annabelle’s Curse and Mipso! songofthemountains.org
2014 Bano Bash
Where: Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA
When: August 23 & 24
2014 Bano Bash 2014 will be held August 23 & 24 at Hungry Mother State Park. Bano Bash is the major fundraiser for the Eric AlbanoYouth Soccer Foundation in Marion. The annual event is filled with team and individual sports competitions and proceeds go to support youth soccer and college scholarships for high school seniors.
Check out www.banosoccer.com
Smyth County Jam
Where: Chilhowie Lions Club
When: Monday Evenings
The Smyth County Jam is a musical event that showcases musicians and singers in the surrounding area while teaching musicianship and encouraging the development of new talents. Jams are held every Monday at the Chilhowie Lions Club. Details at smythcountyjam.com