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It’s A Weekend Of Robotics And History

The Southern Virginia VEX Robotics Championship will take place at Halifax County High School, and the 229th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan will be held at The Prizery, and the public is invited to attend both events Saturday. “This will be the first time that South Central Virginia has hosted this Robotics competition, and it will give the people of Halifax County and surrounding areas to see firsthand what students can do when given the right tools to work with,” said Ricky Gordon, event organizer and robotics instructor at the Halifax STEM Center.

The competition this year is called Clean Sweep and will be a combination of football, basketball and soccer that is played on a 12’ by 12’ playing field.

A total of 10 teams from Chesterfield, Gloucester, South Hill and Halifax County have registered for the event that will get under way at 9 a.m.

There is no admission charge.

Meanwhile at The Prizery Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution will host the annual Crossing of the Dan Commemoration program in the Chastain Theater at The Prizery.

The event will feature greetings and the presentation of wreaths by SAR, DAR and other local officials, as well as a presentation by Gary Sandling, vice-president of Visitor Programs and Services at Monticello.

His talk, entitled “Jefferson’s Honor: Histories of the Virginia Invasions of 1781,” will highlight Thomas Jefferson’s challenges as a wartime governor of Virginia.

The permanent exhibit on the Crossing of the Dan will be open for visitations and walks to the actual Boyd’s Ferry crossing site will be available before and after the morning program.

A catered barbecue luncheon in the banquet hall will follow the Saturday program and is available for $12 by paid reservation.

Following the lunch, historians Stewart Dunaway and Jeff Bright will present a program on the events that occurred between the Race to the Dan and the Battle of Guildford Court House.