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65th annual Page Valley Fair kicks off Monday

LURAY — Ferris wheel rides, funnel cakes and fun will be on display next week during the 65th annual Page Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair. Above all, there'll be “family,” said this year's first female president of the Page Valley Fair Association Louise Mauck. Festivities kick off on Monday with “Kids Night,” when all school-age youth, seniors 60 and up, servicemen and women and veterans will be admitted free. Each night of the six-night event features fan favorites, including nightly grandstand events, midway eats, treats and entertainment, 4-H showcases and exhibits.

Final installment of ‘Voices for the Children’ set for Monday - Nine compete for top prize at fair

LURAY ― Nine local singers will take center stage on Monday during the grand finale of the “Voices for the Children” competition. Sponsored by the Caverns Shrine Club, the finalists from Page County and surrounding areas will vie for a shot at a top prize of $1,000 during the final installment of the six-part, monthly series. Since kicking off in March with a showcase event, 18 singers have competed each month, rotating between Luray and Page County high schools. Audience voting began in April, before the first round of eliminations ― determined by both audience voting and a panel of judges. Proceeds raised through the events benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The network of 22 nonprofit medical facilities across North America provides treatment to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal chord injuries and cleft lips and palates. Each patient is provided services at no cost, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

Temporary campground approved at Lake Arrowhead

LURAY ― The town is proceeding with plans for a temporary campground at Lake Arrowhead after the Page County Planning Commission unanimously recommended that a special use permit for the project be approved. The Page County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the request last Tuesday during a joint public hearing that drew one speaker. The temporary event campground will include 35 sites within 1.75 acres of the 134-acre park, according to the county's acting zoning administrator Tracy Clatterback. The campground will be utilized during four annual events ― Swim Fest Luray, the Luray international and sprint triathlons and the Shenandoah Half Marathon ― over a collective period of no more than seven days each year, to help accommodate athletes in town for the events.

Hazzard Nation descends on Page County

LURAY ― Page County was transformed into Hazzard Nation this past weekend, as “Cooter” made his “last stand” and more than 20,000 visitors took in the excitement off Route 211 to catch festivities ranging from the clatter of Civil War re-enactments, airborne BMX bikes and WWE wrestlers, roaring car stunts, masked superheroes and monster trucks. The two-day event served as the final installment in more than a decade-long series of events in celebrates of the 1980s television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Between Saturday and Sunday, the final “DukesFest” installment saw 30,000 people walk through admissions lines, according to event organizers, though that number represents guests who attended both days. In total, said organizer Alma Viator, between 20,000 and 23,000 people from at least 43 states and 11 countries attended “Cooter's Last Stand,” nearly doubling Page's population for two days.

‘Cooter’s Last Stand’ expected to draw 20,000

LURAY ― Duke fandom will descend on the Valley this weekend when 20,000 visitors from almost every state and beyond convene in Page County for “Cooter's Last Stand.” As of Monday, 17,300 tickets had been sold for the two-day event that celebrates the 1980s hit television show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” according to event organizer Alma Viator. With a final “push” in sales expected in the days leading up to the event, Viator said a count of 20,000 is likely between Saturday and Sunday. Event-goers will head out from 42 states and 11 countries for what is being billed as the final installment in more than the decade-long “DukesFest” series. Previous events have been held in Bristol and Nashville, Tenn., as well as Rappahannock County.

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