N-SSA Fall Nationals at Fort Shenandoah. Planned activities for a typical skirmish include children programs (including organized and supervised BB gun matches for kids under 15), dances, cook-outs, concerts. Also trips to ‘Sutler Row’ where vendors display and sell Civil War items. Emergency phone message line (only available during Nationals) 540-888-4334.
October 1-Nov. 2–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: World/Grand National Friesian Championship Horse Show on the 1st-5th; Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia Fall Horse Show on the 4th-5th; Old Dominion Saddlebred Show on the 10th-11th; House Mountain Horse Show on the 11th-12th; 32nd Annual Col. Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships and VADA Fall Competition on the 16th-19th; Blue Ridge Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival on the 25th; Fall Virginia Horse Trials on the 31st-Nov. 2. For times and admission fees call 540-464-2950.
Augusta Expoland events: Tool Sale on the 2nd-4th; Monthly Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 4th; Heritage Promotions Antique Show and Sale on the 10th-12th; Poultry Sale and Coleman Farm Equipment Consignment Sale on the 18th; C’ville-Albemarle KC Dog Show on the 25th-26th; Taste of Home Cooking Show on the 28th; Kids Fun Night on the 31th. 540-377-2552 or 540-943-3976.
History comes to life for the whole family at Silver Lake Mill as you take a walk back in time. The Miller and others share their stories of what it was like to witness the “Burning of the Silver Lake Mill in 1864” and they tell about their lives during the war from 6:30-8:30pm. Admisssion is free. For more information call 540-830-7844.
48th Annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Featuring quilts, artwork, homemade food, antiques, plants/flowers, crafts, music and activities for the whole family. Bring your camper, tent, or sleep out under the stars. Camping is available on the fairgrounds. There are electric and water hook-ups, with suggested donation of at least $25.00. Parking is free and there is no admission charge. 540-433-9993.
“Chili Fest”–Enjoy a variety of savory chilies while filling your day with family fun. There will be pumpkin carving, candy apples to chairlift rides and a family movie night. Season Passes will be on sale, and you’ll want to stop by the gear swap which will help support the Wintergreen Ski Patrol on the 3rd-5th. Then on the17th-19th and 24th-26th we will have our “Harvest Fest”. We’ll end the month with features that are family friendly and Halloween fun with spooktacular activities for all ages. All events are at Wintergreen Resort. 1-855-699-1858.
Hill High Farm at 933 Barley Lane will host Haunted Nightmares. Experience for yourself the supernatural terror each step forward you take. When asked this question: how long they will be at the mercy of the creatures inside, we always respond with “How fast can you run?” 540-667-7377.
October 3-Nov. 1–Luray.
DarkWood Manor, 104 North Hawksbill Street, is a haunted house attraction. This isn’t your father’s old spook house. We don’t recommend anyone under 10 years of age go through, but it is left up to the parents. There are security guards on duty and security video cameras in use. 540-743-2408.