12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival – Nov. 1

SML_Chili_logo-JewelThe 12th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival is slated for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Bridgewater Plaza. Admission to the festival is $5 per person. Children 6 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The festival, sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chili-tasting begins at noon. Last year, more than 2,000 festival-goers enjoyed the chilies in the competition, shopped for a variety of crafts and enjoyed the on-site entertainment.

This year promises even more crafts and entertainment, including Jennifer Rose, the face painter for the New England Patriots football team.

Cooking teams are still forming for this year’s chili festival. If you have a favorite family recipe or you are an adventurous chili-cooking experimenter, then build your team of family, friends, neighbors or co-workers and incorporate your own chili recipe to join the challenge.

Prizes will be awarded for the coveted “Smith Mountain Lake’s Best Chili 2014,” “People’s Choice Chili” and “Outstanding Showmanship” awards.

Registration forms are available online at www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com. Click on the “Chili Cooker” icon to print out an entry form, or call the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at (540) 721-1203 for more information.

Complete details are outlined on the entry form.

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Pirates’ Faire at Smith Mountain Lake Farms

unnamedPirates’ Faire! October 25th
Calling all Pirates & Princesses to the Family Treasure Hunt: Pumpkin Painting, Activities, and Demonstrations, and the Hay Maze! Come dressed like a Pirate or a Princess! $5 pp. Children under 5 Free with a parent. Treasure Hunt for Pirate Facts and Alpaca Facts!
Go through the hay maze and play pumpkin games. Learn how to spin! Spinning demonstrations, Natural Yarn Dying demonstrations and hands-on activities. See the alpacas and learn all about them. Feed them and even hug the babies! Ongoing lectures all day! See you at the farm for Scallywag fun!Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas & GiftsMorewood Rd, Hardy, VA , Across from the Westlake Country Club! 540-719-0281

Please leave your swords at home!

(Reg. Tours resume Oct 26th 12-5 at Smith Mountain Lake Farm Alpacas & Gifts)

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Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

SML_Chili_Fest_LogoName: 12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival
Date: November 1, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Event Description:
Enjoy a full-day event featuring music, crafts and a spectacular competitive chili cook-off, with awards for Best Chili, People’s Choice, and Showmanship!  Held at Bridgewater Plaza, it’ll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake.  Savor the essence of fall with ‘chili…just the way you like it’ at the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival.  This event, slated for Saturday, November 1st, is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and it captures the best of everything with plenty of activity, great chili for tasting, craft vendors, awards and a beautiful lakeside setting
Bridgewater Plaza,
Route 122
Moneta, VA
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, November 1 – 11 am – 4 pm
Contact Information:
For more information – 540-721-1203
$5 Admission
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Howl’oween Bash – Benefit for Humane Society


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Annual Tent Sale at Emerson Creek Pottery – Oct 24 & 25


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Homestead Creamery at Smith Mountain Lake Named Small Business of the Year

homestead2Homestead Creamery in Burnt Chimney has been named the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year. The locally owned and operated creamery that markets its products from the dairy to the table was recognized at the chamber’s 28th annual Small Business Awards dinner on Oct. 2 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The annual awards program showcases the accomplishments of the small business sector which is composed of 95 percent of the area’s business community.

Founded in 2001, Homestead Creamery has marketed its milk directly from the cow to the consumer. Homestead offers a full line of bottled milks, premium ice cream, yogurt, butter, dips and fresh cheeses. “As in years past, the selection committee was faced with a very difficult decision because of the number of outstanding companies represented in the competition,” said Joyce Waugh, president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The Small Business Awards selection committee was impressed

homestead1Homestead Creamery’s story of preserving two family farms for future generations while using modern technology to process their products, and still deliver their products door-to-door for their loyal customers.” A committee of local businessmen evaluates nominees in terms of increased sales, employee growth, staying power, innovativeness and contributions to the community.

To be eligible for small business of the year title, companies must meet SBA small business standards and be at least 3 years old. Previous small business of the year winners include Roanoke Natural Foods Coop (2013), EHS Support Services (2012), Interactive Achievement (2011), Magnets USA (2010), Home Instead Senior Care (2009), Virginia Prosthetics (2008), and Luna Innovations (2007).

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Ferrum Folklife Festival Features Virginia’s Custom Car Heritage

Ferrum-car_historyA rare jewel in Virginia automotive history highlights the Thunder in the Blue Ridge “car culture” area at the 41st Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 25 on the campus of Ferrum College.

The festival’s auto show will feature Slick Patterson’s modified 1939 Ford, the oldest known Virginia-built “custom car,” as well as hundreds of hot rods, race cars and restored antique vehicles.

Patterson began work on his dream car in 1948 after seeing the post-World War II customizing craze in California. His radically modified ’39 Ford won honors and appeared in eight automobile magazines in the 1950s. 

By 1960, however, the vehicle had been sold and forgotten, and it sat rusting outdoors for 50 years, until a complete restoration by Roanoke-area auto-building masters in 2013. Then the car won the Preservation Award at the 2014 Detroit Autorama. 

“Slick Patterson’s Ford broke new ground in Virginia,” said Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Co-Director Roddy Moore. “As our folklife festival shows, traditions are always changing, sometimes slowly and sometimes in a jump. For an instant, Patterson’s Ford was like nothing else cruising up and down the streets of Virginia.”

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival celebrates an array of folk traditions found in Western and Piedmont Virginia, and the festival’s Thunder in the Blue Ridge show — combined with acres and hours of heritage music, crafts, foodways, games, antique machinery and working animal activities — makes for a full, unforgettable family day of regional folkways.  Highlights at this year’s festival include:

•Two special music workshops — -On the Road with Bill Monroe (featuring former Blue Grass Boys trading tales and tunes of traveling with the Father of Bluegrass) and Old-Time Harp Players (masters of the harmonica from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina).

•Three music stages — 21 solid hours of string band, bluegrass, gospel, blues and ballad singing.

•Slingshot masters — Hotshot target shooters from Virginia and North Carolina, plus plenty of slingshots for the public to try.

•Amazing Grace, the movie star trick mule — She acts, she paints, she high jumps, and she can dunk a basketball — just like a mule.

•Wheat threshing and rock crushing demos — The raw power and beauty of dozens of restored vintage tractors, engines and farm/industrial machinery.   

•Thunder in the Blue Ridge car show — 300 vintage cars, customs, street rods, racecars and hot rods.

•Working animal contests and demos — Sheep herding, coon dog water races and treeing contests, and horse and mule weight pulling contests.

•Virginia Championship Coon Mule Jumping Contest — Mule jumping as only mules can.

•Real Blue Ridge folk crafts — From guitar making to tobacco twisting, sales and demonstrations by over 50 heritage artisans from the region.

•Country foods — From Brunswick stew to fried apple pies, over 20 traditional Virginia foods

•Children’s folk games — Old-time play, no battery needed.

•Moonshine still and tales — The cats and the mice together on stage trading stories from the heyday of Blue Ridge “spirits.”

Held rain or shine, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is a true one-of-a-kind event and a full day of family entertainment. Priced with the family in mind, admission is $10 for adults; $5 for youth (6-15); and $5 for seniors (60 and over). Advance tickets can be purchased by check or credit card at 540-365-4412.  Parking is free.

For more information visit www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org, email bri@ferrum.edu, or call 540-365-4412.

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Benefit For Heidi at Smith Mountain Lake


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The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake – 20% OFF EVERYTHING THIS WEEKEND

10670109_777668438941734_2140574814401302759_nThis weekend only October 2 – 5.  20% OFF everything at The General Store at Smith Mountain Lake! No exceptions, STARTS today, Oct. 2nd. Start your Christmas shopping early! Candles, wax vessels, greeting cards, pottery, plastic serving ware for the dock, scarves, jewelry, snack foods and salsas, fabric, patterns, books, notions, SML mugs, hats, mats, personalized engraving while you wait and so much more! See you soon. Oct 2-5! Mention you saw it on The Smith Mountain Lake Show!

Thurs-Friday 9:30-5:30. Saturday 9:30-5:00 and Sunday 11:00-4:00. Everyone appreciates your support!

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Fall Festival at Smith Mountain Lake’s Bridgewater Plaza – Oct. 4th


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