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HaliFair: ‘The’ Summer Event

“The” event of the summer will be held this Saturday at the Halifax County Fairgrounds, located off Hwy. 360 behind the South Boston Speedway.

HailFair, is a benefit festival for the 100th anniversary of the Halifax County Fair and will be held from noon to 10 p.m.  Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

A celebration of local arts, crafts and horticulture, HaliFair will feature approximately 20 artists in a diversity of mediums along with classes and demonstrations by the Southside Master Gardeners Association and Southside Botanical Gardens and Environmental Educational Center. 

Special attractions include a Race Teams Expo featuring drivers and cars from the South Boston Speedway, cruise-ins of fire trucks, classic cars and motorcycles, sky-divers at sunset, and 10 hours of continuous live music by six bands.

The event will open at high noon with a “grand entry” by horseman Chandler Hughes and mounted riders.

Classes and demonstrations by the Southside Master Gardeners Association include “make your own” rain barrel ($40 fee which includes  the barrel, nozzle and all supplies); “make your own” hypertufa container ($5 fee to cover materials); and demonstrations on composting, vermiculture (worm farming) and tool sharpening (small garden tools sharpened free). 

Pre-registration for the two-hour rain barrel class is recommended, phone 434-517-1551.  To participate in the hypertufa class, bring gloves and a container to be used as a mold (cardboard box, plastic container, etc.).

Charles Stallard, president of the Southside Botanical Gardens and Environmental Educational Center, will present talks on the value of community gardens, lawn care in Southern Virginia, daylilies in the landscape and the value of public gardens.

Music on the Main Stage includes performances by Hugh Vaughan (R&B), The Hagar’s Mountain Boys (Bluegrass), Donnie Beadles and The Hot Damn! Band (blues); 6th n Main (beach and Motown), The Panel Alarm (folk), and The Glenn Brown Band (indie-rock).

A complete schedule of all events is available online at www.halifairva.com.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from 11:30 to 10. Vendors include Cinnsational Cinnamon Buns, When Pigs Fly Barbeque and Maynard’s Catering Services.

Admission is $1 per person. Children, six and under, will be admitted for free.  All admission monies and proceeds from the event to benefit the Halifax County Fair 100th anniversary.

HaliFair is sponsored by Cherokee Brands, LLC, Glerin Business Resources and WHLF 95.3.