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The Warren Sentinel

Appaloosa Festival features 20 bands this weekend

FRONT ROYAL — Music will be in the air this holiday weekend as 20 bands are set to take Skyline Ranch Resort by storm for the third annual Appaloosa Music Festival. Local band Scythian founded the event after befriending many musicians and observing how good music festivals operate while nationally touring for 15 years, Appaloosa Media Manager Brian Lohmann said. They combined their connections with other bands and took the best aspects of their favorite festivals to create Appaloosa. The music offerings will be ìeclecticî and include bluegrass, folk, Celtic, klezmer, and country tunes. Headliners will be Scythian, Eddie from Ohio, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Humming House and the Six-String Soldiers. The festival has grown every year, with about 3,000 attending the inaugural event, about 5,550 last year, and the expectation of about 7,000 this year, Lohmann said. Most attendees come from the Virginia, with large numbers from Warren County and surrounding areas, he said. Past festivals have also attracted many people from North Carolina and New York.

35th Camp Fantastic underway at 4-H Center

FRONT ROYAL — Camp Fantastic is just like any other camp, with several kids standing along the bank of a lake at the Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center Tuesday casting their lines in the fishing derby. The one difference between this camp and the usual summer getaway is that every attendee is a cancer patient. Even though five-year Camp Fantastic veteran Tara has not yet had any bites, she was "still having fun" and fishing remained her favorite activity of the week. Although Tara said some of her camp pals have died, she loves coming back to see old friends and make new ones because everyone is "fun and generous."

Singer Lauren Alaina performs Friday night

FRONT ROYAL — Rising country music star Lauren Alaina is set to take the stage at the Warren County Fair tonight. Front Royal native Ryan Jewel will warm up the stage at 7:30 p.m. for the award-winning Alaina. A Rossville, Ga., native, Alaina ascended to fame in 2011 during American Idol's 10th season. She was the runner-up to winner Scotty McCreery.

Dragon-boaters get ready to row - Humane Society fundraiser takes to river Saturday

FRONT ROYAL — Boats will glide across the Shenandoah River this weekend in an effort to raise money for the homeless animals of Warren County during the 4th Annual Waggin for Dragon races. The event is the Humane Society of Warren Countyís largest fundraiser. Last year, the record for money raised was set at about $42,000. Fourteen teams are signed up to participate in this yearís races, which will kick off Saturday shortly after a 9:15 a.m. opening ceremony at the Front Royal Golf Club boat landing.

Regional jail to rent space out to Prince William

FRONT ROYAL — The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail recently added a new revenue stream by renting unoccupied bed space out to a nearby overcrowded jail. Inmates from the Prince William County Adult Detention Center will soon be transferred to RSW Jail, per a Friday agreement between the two facilities, according to RSW Jail Superintendent Russ Gilkison. Prince William County inmates will stay at RSW Jail at a cost of $33 per day, Gilkison said. The RSW Jail can hold about 560 inmates, and has a current occupancy of about 330. The agreement does not stipulate that RSW must accept a certain number of Prince William inmates and Gilkison estimates it will take on between 10 and 20 transfers.

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