Organizers for the inaugural Greene County Farm and Livestock Show are getting ready for the event, which takes place in Ruckersville from Aug. 8-10.
Rhonda and Robby Houchens are just two of the many who came together to create a venue where children could still show livestock since there would be no fair this year. Both of their sons showed animals at the fair for years and they were delighted with the more than 15 kids and roughly 40 animals are going to be shown at the show on Aug. 10.
With permission from Carroll Morris at M&M Salvage to hold the event on his property on U.S. Route 33 east near Ruckersville Elementary School, a group of dedicated volunteers got to work.
“We’re very grateful for the property and that Carroll Morris is letting us use it,” Robby Houchens noted.
First they created a non-profit 501(c) organization. There will be no rides because of the large expense and insurance that requires. The goal is to keep it an agricultural fair.
There will be music from many different bands, including the beloved Deanes, and demonstrations, such as beekeeping, blacksmithing and equestrian, as well as livestock and farm demonstrations.
A vintage antiques and artisans market will coincide with the event and they’re still accepting vendors for that. There will be kids’ activities and demonstrations relating to agriculture, as well as hayrides. Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District will have information related to its programs and the U.S. Department of Labor will be there will information about the 2020 Census. The Greene County Lions Club will perform eye screenings, as well.
There will be a car show at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10 and people can sign up in advance or register that day for a small fee.
An antique tractor show and tractor driving competition will be set up on Aug. 10, as well.
Young Farmers will be there selling food, too, as a fundraiser for them.
Additionally, there will be a rabbit and poultry show, with information online.
A farmer’s market will be held Aug. 8-10 with numerous vendors participating.
Steve Colvin, local animal expert and owner of Colvin’s Animal Damage Control, will be there Aug. 9-10 with amazing displays of the wildlife you can find in Greene County.
Have a hunting dog you’d like show? Mike Gregory is helping put together this event. Types of dogs allowed in the show are beagles, coonhounds, bear hounds and foxhounds. There will also be a kids’ show and if a kid needs a dog to show, one will be provided. Cost is a donation for this fun event.
Both Houchens said Doug Whitmarsh, Frank Morris, Margie Hendrick, Tony Morris, Dayton Haugh, Mallory Lamb, Cliff Braun and Amanda Morris have all worked hard to make the event a reality, as well as the parents of the kids showing and the kids themselves.
“We have gotten a lot of county support, as well as sponsorships,” Rhonda Houchens said. “The county has really come behind us,” Robby Houchens agreed.
The point of the event, of course, is showing and selling the animals the youths have worked hard with all year. Gary Vance will serve as auctioneer and buyers are welcome to attend the show at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10.
Rhonda Houchens, who grew up in Greene County, said she showed animals growing up and those were some of her best memories.
Visit https://greenefarmandlivestockshow. org for information and schedules as the event gets closer, as well as on Facebook. Vendors are still welcome to sign up, as are participants in the shows, except the livestock show as the deadline for that passed earlier in the spring.
The free three-day agricultural event will be held at 13510 Spotswood Trail, Ruckersville, about one mile from the intersection of Routes 29 and 33.