The 43rd annual Pasture Party was held last weekend at Fairfield View Dairy Farm on Route 231 in Somerset. Thousands of visitors attend the annual event that features antique steam and gas engines, live music and entertainment, demonstration, competitions, food and a variety of vendors. 

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosted its fourth annual The Best of Virginia in Orange Chili and Brewfest Saturday at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Participants enjoyed more tastings from more than a dozen regional breweries, a peoples’ choice chili contest, cornhole tournament and m…

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) hosted the 13th annual “Taming the Wilderness” living history event at Ellwood Sunday, Sept. 29. Throughout the day, crafters and artisans offered demonstrations of building trades, homemaking skills and everyday expertise required to settle and survi…

It’s been a dry summer, but you’d never know it from the bright, beautiful flowers on display during the Dolley Madison Garden Club’s Centennial Zinnia Show. Gardeners from across the region entered individual flowers, flower arrangements and photos of flowers in the show, held on Saturday a…

The 43rd annual Pasture Party was held last weekend at Fairfield View Dairy Farm on Route 231 in Somerset. Thousands of visitors attend the annual event that features antique steam and gas engines, live music and entertainment, demonstration, competitions, food and a variety of vendors. 

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James Madison's Montpelier celebrated the 232nd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with full day of events Saturday, Sept. 14. The presidential property welcomed guests for guided trail walks, visits with Mr. Madison in the home, archaeology programs, tours of "The Mere Distinction of Colo…

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 44th annual Orange Street Festival Saturday, Sept. 7, with hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors. Businesses, civic and community organizations and food trucks lined the streets downtown with live music at both ends of the street. 

Orange County TRIAD, in conjunction with Virginia State Police, held a vehicle identification number etching event Aug. 10 at the Orange Volunteer Fire Company. The State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) trailer was on-site and special agents provided the free chemical etchings on…

A severe summer storm ripped through Orange last Thursday evening, toppling trees and utility poles in a stretch from Rapidan Road, north on Route 20 and down Lahore Road. Power was knocked out at homes and businesses as roads and streets were littered with limbs and debris. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with other law enforcement and emergency services agencies, hosted a National Night Out activity Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Booster Park. Participants had a chance to meet local police, fire and EMS officers, explore emergency vehicles, learn about…

The Avis Beasley Community Outreach Group and Black Market Sundays hosted a free school supplies and ice cream event Sunday, Aug. 4, on Cobb Street in Gordonsville. The group distributed 70 bookbags and supplies to nearly 100 children and their families. For more information on the group, vi…

Thirty local children participated in 4-H Cloverbud Camp last week at the Northern Piedmont Center in Orange. Hosted by Orange Cooperative Extension, the camp’s theme was based on Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” This year’s camp focused on environmental education and appreciation. One day, campers l…

Thousands of Orange County residents and visitors from throughout Central Virginia filled Booster Park Saturday evening for the seventh annual Playin’ in the Park Independence Day celebration. The event featured talented local musicians, games, food trucks, a touch-a-truck activity and a fir…

Blue Run Baptist Church, Barboursville, celebrated its 250th anniversary with a family and friends day service Sunday, June 23, at the historic church on Route 20 between Somerset and Barboursville. Organizer Bernice Washington said she was pleased with the turnout and the program. Nearly 12…

This year’s Orange County Fair is widely considered one of the most successful in recent memory. Good events and good weather brought nearly 5,000 to the fairgrounds on Old Gordonsville Road June 19-22. This year’s fair was themed, “Big Dreams in a Small Town.” 

The Orange County African-American Historical Society partnered with James Madison’s Montpelier to present the 12th local Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 15. Juneteenth is a celebration of art, history, music, food, faith and family. “Juneteenth” marks the day the last enslaved people …

American Legion Post 156 hosted its annual Memorial Day service Monday, May 27, at the post on Newton Street in Orange. Following patriotic selections from the Orange Community Band, post commander Alan Drinkwater welcomed dozens of veterans, patriots and friends to the program and offered r…

Orange County High School Principal Kelly Guempel conferred 376 diplomas Saturday morning during commencement exercises at Porterfield Park in Orange. Students in the Class of 2019 were freshmen when Guempel arrived at the school four years ago. "I love you," he told the graduates, "and my m…

On Saturday, a perfect day for wandering around fields and forests beneath a bright sun, Rep. Abigail Spanberger talked conservation and agriculture at James Madison’s Montpelier. Spanberger, who represents Virginia’s 7th District, praised Montpelier’s first-ever “Eco Rodeo” for promoting en…

Thousands of visitors filled the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company fairgrounds Saturday for the seventh annual Gordonsville Famous Fried Chicken Festival. Once again, Vincent Seal and Stephanie Terrell of Home Fried took first-place honors in the fried chicken competition. Taste of Hope (l…