The Dennis Lee Show at Smith Mountain Lake on August 14


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Schedule for Bedford County Fair – August 28, 29, 30

After a 45 Year Hiatus the Fair is Back!

imgresThe Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board (AEDAB), in partnership with the Bedford County Tourism Department, will host its first Bedford County Fair in close to 45 years on August 28, 29, and 30, 2015.

The County Fair, which has been an aspiration of the AEDAB for the past eight years, has finally become a reality with the identification of a suitable location. Curry Martin, owner of Glenwood Oil & Automotive, Inc. in Huddleston volunteered to host the fair on his business property at 2074 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway. Fair organizers aim to benefit the county’s agriculture community, as well as to bring tourists in to the county.

The Bedford County Fair will feature a variety of events to attract all ages and interests, including equine demonstrations on Friday, a youth livestock show on Saturday, and an antique car show and unique animal display on Sunday. The event will feature a series of live bands throughout the days of the fair, with a grand concert Saturday evening. There will be a designated wine tasting garden for local wineries to showcase and sell their products. In addition, Cole Amusements will provide a variety of mid-way rides and attractions for families and children to enjoy.

Bedford County Fair hours will be Friday, Aug. 28, 1 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 30, 1 – 6 p.m. There will be no entrance fee and parking will be free of charge as well. Attendees will only be required to pay for rides and special attractions and for any food or products they choose to purchase.

Fair Schedule

Friday – August 28, 2015
Noon – All Vendors and Exhibits are in Place
1:00pm – Fair Gates and Midway Opens
1:30pm – Plowing and seedbed preparation with draft horses BEA members
1:30pm – Presentation by Bedford Hunt Club
2:00pm – Horse Shoeing Demonstration by Dr. Hilgartner
3:00pm – Bedford Wine Garden Opens
3:30pm – Side Saddle Riding by Heidi Opdyke
4:00pm – Logging with draft horses India Nichols
4:00pm – Equine dentistry talk and demonstration by Heather Hilgartner
5:00pm – Parade of breeds by various people
6:00pm – Bedford Wine Garden Closes
9:00pm – Fair Closes to Public

Saturday – August 29, 2015
8:30am – Check in begins
9:30am – All livestock must be checked in and in place
10:00am – Fair opens to public
10:30am – Beef Showmanship
11:15am – Steer and Heifer Show
12:15pm – Sheep Showmanship
1:00pm – Market Lamb and Ewe Show
1:45pm – Goat Showmanship
2:15pm – Market Goat and Doe Show
3:00pm – Bedford Wine Garden Opens
6:00pm – Bedford Wine Garden Closes
9:00pm – Fair closes

Sunday – August 30, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Cars arrive for car show
1:00pm – Fair opens to public
1:00pm – Antique Car Show Begins
5:30pm – Award Ceremony for Car Show
6:00pm – Fair Closes

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Spring Valley Horse Farm at Smith Mountain Lake

For all the horse lovers, Spring Valley Horse Farm at 1190 Horseshoe Bend Road in 11755896_1070719242972827_2146259242204397279_nMoneta has been a family-owned farm for over twenty years. They train horses, ponies, mules and many more animals. They also provide quality training and lessons in a family friendly environment that promotes responsibility and character. If you are an experienced rider and are looking for the right barn to join, you’ll find Spring Valley Horse Farm is the place to be. Full-care and self-care field and stall boarding is available. They also do many events such as weddings, birthday parties, office parties, parades, or whatever your endeavor may be. Trail rides are available everyday. They have a petting zoo, multiple hay wagons, carts, etc., available for hire.

This video will give you a better idea of who they are and what they do.

For more info please call or text Spring Valley Horse Farm at 540-309-6884!

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Fourth of July Events 2015 – in the Smith Mountain Lake Area

Friday, July 3rd

July4thiconWhere:  National D-Day Memorial Celebrate Independence Day 
Time:  10 am to 5 pm with FIREWORKS at 9 pm  (Rain Date is July 5)
Admission:  Regular Rates.  Enjoy tours scheduled throughout the day at the memorial.  The memorial will close at 5pm but guests can enjoy the fireworks display from Centertown Bedford or Liberty Lake Park.

Where:  Celebrate America at Thomas Road Baptist Church, 1 Mountain View RD, Lynchburg
Time:  5pm
Admission:  FREE
Enjoy a carnival -like atmosphere filled with rides, local food vendors and the biggest FIREWORKS display in Central Virginia at dusk.

Where:  Moneta FIRE-WORX Fest in downtown Moneta, 1123 South Old Moneta RD.
Time:  6 – 11 pm
Admission:  $5 per person.  Children 10 and younger are FREE.
Enjoy live music by regional band the WORX, as well as kids’ activities, an adult beverage garden, food, and FIREWORKS.

Saturday, July 4th – Independence Day

  • Event Date: July 4th, 2015 – Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks at Parkway Marina 
  • Live Music By The Worx
  • Activities for the kids including
  • The Parkway Marina Carousel
  • and other Kids Zone activities
  • Great Food and Beverages
  • and Spectacular Fireworks!
  • The Worx goes on stage at 5:30 PM
  • Kids Zone opens at 5:30 PM
  • Fireworks launch at just after dark
  • There is no admission fee
  • Parking is $10 per car load* (proceeds go to the SVFC)
  • YMCA Kids Zone Admission is $5 per kid for unlimited access
  • Parking is limited, please consider car pooling
  • No Pets Allowed, except for service dogs
  • No Coolers, Picnic Baskets, Grills or Tents
  • Alcohol Beverages may not be brought onto event grounds
  • Bring Lawn Chairs & Blankets, but please no tents
  • Rain Date is July 5th, 2015 (Fireworks Only)
  • Fireworks by Master Displays of Roanoke

Sunset Saturday – Fourth of July Edition at Hickory Hills Vineyards and Winery
Where:  1722 Hickory Lane in Moneta
Time:  7 to 10 pm
Admission:  $10 per person
Live music and wine.  Picnics are encouraged.

Independence Day Celebration at Poplar Forest 
Where:  Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge RD
Time:  11 am to 4pm
Tickets:  Admission will be reduced for the holiday.  $15 for Adults and children younger than 15 are free.
Information:  434.534.8120
Poplar Forest will be celebrating the Fourth with fiddlers, acrobats, colonial games and crafts and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Hillcats vs. Salem Red Sox at Calvin Falwell Field in Lynchburg, VA 
Time:  6:30 pm with FIREWORKS following the game.
Tickets:  Visit the box office or call 434.528.1144.
The Hillcats take on the Salem Red Sox for the holiday weekend.

Where:  Centertown Bedford
Time:  5 to 10 pm.  FIREWORKS show starts around 8:30 pm.
Tickets:  $4 per adult.  12 and younger get in FREE.
Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, live music, laser tag and fireworks at this family friendly event.  Bring a blanket or chair for the fireworks.

There will be live music, performed by the local group, “Stealing Home”, whose music includes nearly every genre, from Blues, Classic Rock, and Texas Swing, to most everything in between. There will be laser tag for the kids, along with a giant bouncy house, complete with an obstacle course.

Make sure not to eat supper before you get here as there will be BBQ, Hot Dogs, French Fries, Funnel Cakes, Fresh Lemonade, Kettle Corn, Italian Ice, and much, much more. Thanks to Century Beverage, there will be some adult beverages available, too.

July 4 Red, White and You at Peaks of Otter Winery
Visit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford and stop by the our winery for some of our “Chili Dawg”, apple-pepper wine. We accept D-Day dollars. You may taste 3 for free – $4 for more than 20 and you keep your glass.    Also, Picnic and Visit The National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Museum, Poplar Forest and The Blueridge Parkway.  Visit the farm animals.Info: 540-586-3707.E-mail:

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Independence Day Celebration in Downtown Moneta 2015

Name: Independence Day Celebration – Downtown Moneta

Date: July 3, 2015


Event Description:

Enjoy music by the Worx Band from 6-10p.m., and then see a fireworks show. Food, drinks children’s games and more will be available. Gate opens at 5:30pm. Admission is $5, parking is free. Proceeds to benefit the Moneta Fire Department.

Downtown Moneta
Date/Time Information:
July 3th, 2015, 6-10p.m.
Contact Information:


Admission is $5, parking is free

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photo3Smith Mountain Lake, VA (June 12, 2015) –The Willard Companies, owner of The Water’s Edge, a private 712 acre development that includes an 18-hole PGA Championship course and a private 36,000 sq. ft. country club nestled along 13.5 miles of Smith Mountain Lake shoreline, announced plans to move forward with selling the project. The golf course and country club will also be packaged with a 12,000 sq. ft. gated estate and primary residence of Ron Willard, Sr., president of the company. Ron Willard II, Associate Broker and vice president of the company, will list the properties through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, a Willard subsidiary, for $25 million.

Willard, Sr., one of the leading developers at Smith Mountain Lake, announced his plans to start strategically implementing his retirement and determining a succession plan for the company last fall. According to Christopher Finley, director of marketing and communications for The Willard Companies, “Willard, Sr., honoring a first opportunity given to neighborhood’s homeowners association in the 1990s, initially offered the purchase to the membership in October 2014. The homeowners association formed a committee to study the prospects of buying the club and becoming member-owned, but didn’t garner unanimous support from the membership to proceed.”

Willard, Sr. has spent the last 40 years of his career transforming Smith Mountain Lake into a resort area that has attracted people from across the country to enjoy golf, recreation, and resort living. “I’ll be turning 70 next year and I’m ready to downsize, travel and enjoy my golden years,” stated Willard, Sr. He also plans to continue residing in the community post sale as well as part-time in his Naples, Florida home.

According to Willard, Sr., the sale will not affect the golf course and country club operations, which currently employs approximately 75 staff. He added that The Willard Companies plans to continue managing the business until they find the right buyer. “This truly is a prime investment opportunity boasting location, space and value. We have utilized a proven business model that continues to produce a lucrative cash flow,” stated Willard, Sr. The country club is supported by the established residential neighborhoods surrounding the properties, which together account for 450 memberships with potential to grow to 600. As part of the sale, Willard, Sr. said his company would entertain offering a management proposal to partner with the buyer to continue operating the facilities.

The Willard Companies also own both The Waterfront Country Club located in Moneta and The Westlake in Hardy.  Currently, The Water’s Edge is the only entity under The Willard Companies umbrella that has been offered for sale. The exact timeframe for Willard’s retirement has not been identified as the outcome of The Water’s Edge sale will affect Willard’s strategy moving forward. Willard’s two sons, Ron Willard II and Lee Willard, serve as vice presidents and will continue to run its various businesses. “I’m committed to the Smith Mountain Lake community and I will execute an exit strategy that is best suited for my family, the membership and employees,” stated Willard, Sr.

The Willard estate is positioned on 6.3 acres with over 1,235’ of water frontage and boasts Old World Architecture with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, three car garage, guest suite, swimming pool and 3,000 sq. ft. dock with gazebo. The European inspired exterior of the property showcases Arkansas stone, Wood Moulded brick, Western Red Cedar siding, columns, slate and copper roofing, and chimney pots that exceed 200 years old.

The Water’s Edge golf course was originally designed by the late R.F. Loving, Jr., ASGC, a nationally renowned golf course architect. In 2007, the golf course was renovated by golf course architect Richard Mandell and Aspen Corporation. Mandell sought to maintain Loving’s “bunker style” architecture, with geometric rounded edges and serpentine lines. Among the $5.2 million dollar improvements: A1 and A4 bentgrass greens with more manageable playing slopes, updated irrigation system, reconfigured sand bunkers, enlarged free-form tee boxes, and removed trees for playability as well as breathability of the turf.

The Water’s Edge clubhouse features dining and bar areas, men’s lounge, and fitness center. Additional amenities include tennis courts, Jr. Olympic size pool, practice facility, pro shop, 48-seat historic chapel and 36-acre fully equipped equestrian center.

For media inquiries about the sale of The Water’s Edge and Willard estate, contact Christopher Finley at 540-721-5288.


The Willard Companies is the umbrella for Willard Construction of Roanoke Valley, Inc., Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate, The Waterfront, The Water’s Edge and The Westlake golf and country Clubs. The company is involved in country clubs, building, developing, marketing and real estate. The Willard Companies is also affiliated with Westlake Towne Center, Westlake Cinema, Westlake Salon& Spa, The Cabinet Gallery, Window & Door Design Gallery and Smith Mountain Building Supply. Visit online at


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Fly-In at Smith Mountain Lake Airport – June 13th

IMG_0419The SML airport, in partnership with the Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy are hosting a fly-in at the Airport. You can drive in or fly-in to learn more about planes, get a plane ride, grab lunch, see drones or take a turn in a flight simulator. Activities are scheduled between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  Each activity will have a fee to support the Academy but there will also be free fellowship, photo ops and things to see!  Rain Date: June 20, 2015.







Date: June 13, 2015 (Raindate June 20, 2015)

Time: 11am-3pm

Location: SML Airport

Directions from SMLCA: Take 122 North towards Bedford, Turn Right onto White House Rd., Turn Right onto Airport Rd., Airport will be at the end of the road.

Call Chuck Hiltz at 540-355-2089 or email for more information.

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Soul Surfer School – Standup Paddle Board Lessons

Soul Surfer School – Smith Mountain Lake


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‘Aspiring Anglers’ Fishing Tournament – June 13th

stella smbThe Smith Mountain Lake State Park will host its annual ‘Aspiring Anglers’ fishing tournament on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Participants should bring a pole and bucket to the boat ramp from 8 to 8:45 a.m. for registration. Bait will be supplied.

The tournament is open to boys and girls up to age 14. Participants will compete in age groups for first, second and third-place trophies, plus a “Lunker” trophy for the largest fish of the tournament.

Lunch will be provided for anglers. The tournament is free, but parking fees apply.

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Memorial Day Weekend at Smith Mountain Lake

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