Cabinet Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake Announces Drab to Fab Kitchen $25K Contest

Smith Mountain Lake, VA (January 26, 2016) – The Cabinet Gallery of Smith Mountain Lake, in collaboration with Smith Mountain Building Supply, invites homeowners to end kitchen envy with a $25,000 grand prize Drab to Fab Kitchen Contest beginning February Outdated-Kitchen-Makeovers-Idea-with-wooden-floor1st through March 31st.

The grand prize winner, who will be announced May 1st, 2016, will receive a full kitchen remodel to include new cabinets, appliances, countertops, floors, backsplash and lighting from the product lines of the contest sponsors: The Cabinet Gallery, Interiors by Kris and Ferguson. All existing kitchen cabinetry in the grand prize winners home will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

“We are really excited about this contest,” stated Kelly Cass, VP of Operations for Smith Mountain Building Supply, “It not only supports local Habitat for Humanity locations but it gets area residents excited about the possibility of a complete kitchen remodel for free! A major upgrade to your home on us!”

Contest submissions will be accepted from February 1st, 2016 through March 31st, 2016 via the contest website at www.drabtofabkitchen.com. Entries must be in video format. All entries are subject to the rules and regulations outlined on the website and the homeowner must live within 60 miles of Smith Mountain Lake.

From the submissions, three finalists will be chosen on Monday, April 18th and official representatives from the contest will visit each home to look at the kitchen in person. Out of the finalists, a grand prize winner will be selected and announced on May 1st, 2016, via the contest website and other media outlets.

For more information, please contact Morgan Kreutz, Marketing Director for The Willard Companies at 540-721-5288.

About The Cabinet Gallery: The Cabinet Gallery is a full service kitchen and bath located in Hardy, VA at Smith Mountain Lake. Our designs and remodels attract clientele who crave perfections in not only their kitchens and baths but libraries, offices, entertainment centers and game rooms. The Cabinet Gallery’s attention to detail, unique design features, quality products, craftsman style installations and outstanding service sets us apart from the competition. Whether you are building or remodeling we offer choices for every budget.

About Smith Mountain Building Supply: Smith Mountain Building Supply has served the Smith Mountain Lake area since 1986. Our Westlake Store is located at Westlake Corner on Route 122. Smith Mountain Building Supply offers the widest variety of products to retail and contractor sales customers. We are led by a highly qualified team of professionals, and provide our customers with the knowledge they need for that home improvement project or building their dream home. We continue to build our reputation on serving the needs of our customers with quality, integrity, and service.

Morgan Kreutz

Marketing Director

morgan@thewillardcompanies.com

The Willard Companies

540-721-5288 x102

www.thewillardcompanies.com

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Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate Sales Continue to Improve

Third Quarter 2015 Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate Report September 30, 2015

10577043_761377667254917_7137669619268189686_nOverall, our summer was a nice blend of hot and cool weather with a generous amount of rain during the late spring and early summer which kept the lake near full pond. Summer closed with a six week dry spell with lake water levels gradually declining a total of about 3.5’, but beginning September 22nd and through the end of the month, we received frequent rains totaling ~9 inches that restored lake levels back to full pond. Plans are continuing for the 50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake reaching full pond with many special events and marketing activities scheduled during 2016.

Sales volumes steadily improved during the third quarter led by waterfront homes and condo and townhouse sales. Waterfront homes achieved the highest quarterly sales volume (72 homes) since 2005 and we expect to exceed 2014 sales volume in 2015 by at least 15-20% or a total of 225 -235 homes. Unfortunately, average waterfront home sales prices remain flat. This is reinforced by our sales price versus tax assessment analysis (attached) which continues to indicate that homes are selling, on average, for only slightly more than their current tax assessment. The higher sales volume has succeeded in moving some older inventory off the market, but that inventory has been replaced by many new listings. The IIIQ Quarter ended with over 350 waterfront homes in current inventory. We hope sales continue at higher volumes to reduce the inventory, which ideally should be around a one year supply. When we achieve that inventory level, we expect home prices will gradually begin to increase. The average sales price of waterfront homes sold during 2015 year-to-date declined slightly again with over ~54% of all sales less than $500,000.

Year-to-date condo and townhouse sales have improved and are equivalent to volumes we experienced for the full years of 2013 and 2014. The year-end sales volume should be the best we have seen since 2006, but average sales prices continue to be flat for this market segment. The volume of waterfront lot sales remains low, but average sale prices have increased and are the highest we have seen since 2009. As we indicated previously, this may signal that buyers who are interested in designing and building their own, personalized lake home may be coming back into our market. We also continue to see a modest increase in average sales prices of water access homes which is a good sign for our market.

Most Franklin and Bedford County property owners have now received their 2015 real estate tax bills. These tax bills are due and payable to the respective Counties by December 5, 2015. We expect the new reassessment notices will be forthcoming within the next few weeks. From initial indications, we expect Franklin County reassessments to be in line with the assessments conducted four years ago in 2011. We are in the process of capturing 2015 waterfront home sales data versus current tax assessments for Franklin County to compare with the new 2016 assessment results when they are available. Overall, sales prices for the 158 waterfront homes sold in Bedford and Franklin Counties during the first three quarters of 2015 averaged 2.5% above their current county tax assessments.

Team Fansler continues to focus on meeting the needs of every client with our unmatched services, knowledge of the lake real estate market and attention to detail that we provide on every transaction. We look forward to working with you soon!

Tom Fansler, Realtor, ABR, GRI Eric Fansler, Realtor, GRI

Luxury Home Collection Specialists

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Tom’s Cell # 1-540-871-8355, Email – numb1hokie@aol.com

Eric’s Cell # 1-540-871-8655, Email – efans@aol.com

Toll Free @ 1-800-858-4653

www.TEAMFANSLER.com

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Fall Festival at Bridgewater Plaza – Oct. 3

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Franklin County Agricultural Fair Event Schedule – Sept. 23 – 26

September 23-26, 2015 brown star Franklin County, Virginia

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Schedule of Events

 

Admission

$5.00  Ages 12 and Up
$2.00  Ages 5-11
FREE   Ages 4 & Under
Rides Require a Separate $10 Wristband

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
SENIOR CITIZEN NIGHT (Sponsored by Runk & Pratt) – $3 OFF ADMISSION!!!
ALL DAY EVENTS: MIDWAY, LITTLE CRITTERS PETTING ZOO & PONY RIDES, EXHIBITS, COMMUNITY EXPO, AND THE FANCY PIGEONS OF WIRTZ

4:45 PM GRAND OPENING CEREMONY (FRONT GATE)
5:00 PM FAIR OPENS
5:30 PM DOG SHOW (LARGE SHELTER)
6:00 – 6:30 PM “KOUNTRY K-9” SHOW
6:00 – 10:00 PM DUSTY HUNDLEY (AMPHITHEATER)
7:00 – 7:30 PM “DIALED ACTION” BMX STUNT SHOW *
10:00 PM FAIR CLOSES

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
STUDENT NIGHT – FREE ADMISSION!!!
ALL DAY EVENTS: MIDWAY, LITTLE CRITTERS PETTING ZOO & PONY RIDES, EXHIBITS, COMMUNITY EXPO, AND THE FANCY PIGEONS OF WIRTZ

5:00 PM FAIR OPENS
5:30 PM SMALL CRITTERS AND POULTRY SHOW (LARGE SHELTER)
6:00 – 6:30 PM “KOUNTRY K-9” SHOW
6:00 – 9:00 PM THE HARWELL GRICE BAND (AMPHITHEATER)
7:00 – 7:30 PM “DIALED ACTION” BMX STUNT SHOW
10:00 PM FAIR CLOSES

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
ALL DAY EVENTS: MIDWAY, LITTLE CRITTERS PETTING ZOO & PONY RIDES, EXHIBITS, COMMUNITY EXPO, AND THE FANCY PIGEONS OF WIRTZ

4:00 PM FAIR OPENS
5:30 – 10:00 PM BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN GARDEN TRACTOR PULLERS(LOWER FIELD)
5:30 PM SWINE, SHEEP, AND GOAT SHOW (LARGE SHELTER)
6:00 – 6:30 PM “KOUNTRY K-9” SHOW
6:00 – 9:00 PM FCHS FFA ALUMNI CHAPTER TRACTOR DRIVING COMPETITION (OUTER FIELD)
7:00 – 10:00 PM TRUE CADENCE (AMPHITHEATER)
7:00 – 7:30 PM “DIALED ACTION” BMX STUNT SHOW
10:00 PM FAIR CLOSES

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
ALL DAY EVENTS: MIDWAY, LITTLE CRITTERS PETTING ZOO & PONY RIDES, EXHIBITS, COMMUNITY EXPO, AND THE FANCY PIGEONS OF WIRTZ

OPEN HORSE SHOW (GINTHER FARM, 3128 SONTAG RD, ROCKY MOUNT)            9:00 AM
12 NOON FAIR OPENS
12 NOON LLAMA / ALPACA SHOW (LARGE SHELTER)
12:00 – 6:00 PM SWVA ANTIQUE TRACTOR & GAS ENGINE ASSOC TRACTOR PULLERS (LOWER FIELD)
12:30 – 1:00 PM “KOUNTRY K-9” SHOW
1:30 – 2:00 PM “DIALED ACTION” BMX STUNT SHOW
3:00 – 3:30 PM “KOUNTRY K-9” SHOW
3:00 – 6:30 PM TRIPLE RUN (AMPHITHEATER)
4:30 – 5:00 PM “DIALED ACTION” BMX STUNT SHOW
5:00 PM BEEF AND DAIRY SHOW (LARGE SHELTER)
5:30 PM HANDSOME MAN BEARD AND MUSTACHE CONTEST (COMPETITION TENT)
6:00 – 6:30 PM “KOUNTRY K-9” SHOW
6:30 PM LADIES FRYING PAN TOSS (COMPETITION TENT)
7:00 PM WEEKLONG YOUTH COLORING CONTEST JUDGING (COMPETITION TENT)
7:00 – 7:30 PM “DIALED ACTION” BMX STUNT SHOW
7:00 – 10:00 PM THE JODY PYLES BAND (AMPHITHEATER)
11:00 PM FAIR CLOSES

 

Prices, policies, programs, schedules, attractions and entertainment subject to change or cancellation without notice. No Rainchecks. No Refunds. No weapons, guns or knives allowed at the event. The Franklin County Agricultural Fair and/or County of Franklin reserves the right to refuse admission.

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FREE Homestead Creamery Ice Cream – Tuesday, Sept. 22nd

The Discovery Shop at Smith Mountain Lake is celebrating their 11th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd.  Come help them celebrate and get FREE Homestead Creamery Ice Cream from 12pm to 2pm for Discovery Shop Patrons!!! Happy Birthday Discovery Shop! The Discovery Shop is located at 400 Scruggs Road, Moneta, VA.

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at the Discovery Shop, Moneta, VA

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Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival – Sept. 26 and 27

You are invited to the following event:

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

LakeWatch Plantation
14374 Booker T Washington Hwy
Moneta, VA 24121View Map

DON’T PAY “AT THE GATE” TICKET PRICES – PURCHASE NOW!
Taster Tickets – $25
Non-Taster Tickets – $20
(At the Gate, $30/$25)

VIP Tickets – $125

We hope you can make it!

Cheers!
Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

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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.

LibertyFest 
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: appleseed@earthlink.net.

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