Community School’s 35th Annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser will be held rain or shine at Elmwood Park. In addition to delicious strawberry desserts, there are children’s games/activities, live musical entertainment, food, arts and crafts vendors. This is a family-oriented festival and all proceeds benefit the Community School. 540-563-5036.
Virginia Horse Center Events: Hunter Jumper Derby on the 1st; Bonnie Blue National Horse Show, USEF rated on the 6th-9th; “Hear the Beat”: 4-H qualifiying show on the 10th and therapeutic riding fund-raiser horse show on the 31st; Old Time Music Jam on the 12th; Spring Dressage Rosinburg event on the 16th-17th. For more information call 540-464-2950.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: The Relay For Life of Harrisonburg/Rockingham is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease on the 1st-2nd. 540-434-3360; On the 25th, Memorial Day Horse Fair and Auction. Equine enthusiasts will enjoy the horses, ponies, miniature horses, tack, etc. Auction begins at 11am and Steve Wingfield’s Victory Weekend Memorial Day Celebration. There will be something for every member of the family as we honor faith, family, and freedom; WVPT Festival of Family Fun on the 30th. This event is free to the public and will focus on literacy, health and safety. New and used books will be distributed and lots of activities planned. Healthy snacks are free and food will be sold for lunches by other nonprofits. 540-434-0005.
Join amateur and professional chefs for a culinary experience you won’t soon forget at the George C. Marshall Museum from 4:30-8:30pm. A live auction will include fabulous items and packages. Taster’s Choice will have a Kentucky Derby theme and will include live viewing of the 141st “Run for the Roses” chance to pick the winning horse, hat competition for the ladies, Kentucky derby inspired food and drinks to enjoy. All proceeds benefit Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center. Admission fee of $50.00 per person. 540-463-7344.
Riverfest- “Year of the Painted Turtle” is a free annual event that takes place river-side at Constitution Park from 10am-4:30 pm, rain or shine. Activities include reptile world shows, stream safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, fish and fun rodeo, farmer’s market, canoe rides, kids arts/crafts, stream electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race. No pets allowed. 540-949-7738.
Chief Charlie’s Kid’s Fish Day from 9am-2pm at Mountain View Park. There will be entertainment, food, fishing and lots of fun. This cost-free event is for children 3-15 years of age. Poles and bait are available to rent. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 540-249-5707.
40th Annual Lexington Road and River Relay. The first leg is a 3.5 mile run. The second leg is a bicycle ride. The third leg is a canoe or kayak course. The fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run. The race starts on Main Street in front of the Rockbridge County Public Library, 138 South Main Street, promptly at 10am. The fee is $125.00 per team or solo participants will be $45.00 540-464-3283.