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The Town of Luray and Page County host a number of Festivals throughout the year, all focused on providing fun, entertainment and educational programs for the whole family. Since the Page County Fairgrounds are located in Luray, the discussion here speaks of them as being in Luray, although they may be sponsored by other organizations and activities.
New year-round performing arts center! After several years of planning and fundraising, local citizens succeeded in buying the BB&T bank building and converting it into a regional performaing arts center. The BB&T Center for the Performing Arts, at 1 East Main Street, Luray, now features performances by local and nationally ranked musicians and actors, almost every Friday and Saturday night. Visit their web site at http://performingartsluray.org/ to see their schedule of performances and plan on taking in a concert of play while you are in Luray, the Town where the Caverns meet the sky!
Saturday before Mother's Day -- 12 May 2007: Luray's Downtown Initiative (or LDI as it is referred to) is the non-profit foundation undertaking Main Street revitalization, and starts the year off with the Luray Annual Festival of Spring, a one day street faire billed as a free day out of the house for Mom on the Saturday before Mother's Day. Since Luray is only 2 hours from the Washington DC metro area, it makes a great day-trip destination for such outings. The Luray Festival of Spring offers 8 blocks of fun, games, food and crafts down the middle of Main Street from 10AM to 6PM. Art lovers will enjoy touring the Warehouse Art Center and discovering the fantastic diversity of artists and art media displayed in the 5,000 square feet of galleries. Just outside the Warehouse Art Center the Festival sets up the Wine Garden where a paid admission wristband gets you tasting at the 10 or more wineries pouring tastings all afternoon. For those looking for musical entertainment, the Festival provides a changing venue of country, bluegrass, and R&B music throughout the Town all day. Rounding out the Festival, the newly formed organization, Performing Arts of Luray, provided an evening concert at the 2006 Festival, a concert we hope will become a regular feature of the festival.
Town of Stanley Homecoming: The Stanley Homecoming celebration harkens back to the days when family members who had moved away from the area returned to the Town for church, family and civic celebrations in the run up to July 4th. The
Stanley Homecoming offers food, games and fun for visitors from 4 - 7 July 2007, with fireworks at dusk on 1 July.
July 4th: LDI also sponsors the Luray July 4th Family Fun Fest. The 2006 Luray July 4th Family Fun Fest kicked off at 3:30 PM with 8 children's games such as moon bounce, basket ball throw, ring toss, etc. Tickets for the Rubber Duck Races on the Hawksbill went on sale at the same time. Rubber ducks for the first 3 races earned fun prizes for the first 3 ducks across the line, but the 4th race attracted adult attention and loud cheering as adults urged their ducks to be first across the line. The Luray Volunteer Fire Department set up fire hoses, hosted demonstrations and otherwise entertained those who come prepared to get wet! At the same time, local musicians provided music throughout the afternoon and into the evening, when everyone gathered along the Hawksbill Greenway--a 2-mile walking park through the middle of town--to pick a favorite spot to watch the fireworks around 9:00PM. In 2005, the Luray July 4th Family Fun Fest was the surprise of the day. Attendees were surprised by the variety of events and activities provided with so little hullabloo and the fireworks display that evening. The surprise of the day for the 2006 Festival was the Fantastic Fireworks Display! The Town of Luray increased the budget for the display and then signed the contract early enough to take advantage of manufacturers inventory reduction sales just after New Years. So..forewarned is forearmed: Luray is will be hosting another July 4th Family Fun Fest in 2007 and you'll be sorry if you miss it...especially the fantastic fireworks display that evening!18 August 2007: 2nd Annual Luray Triathelon Here's your chance to get involved in one of the most challenging personal tests of physical endurance you can imagine. Swim in Lake Arrowhead, run beautiful country roads and bike fantastic hills and hollows of the beatuiful Blue Ridge mountains. http://www.enduranceworks.net
19 - 25 August 2007: The Page Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair The fair incorporates and offers many of the activities usually associated with a County Fair, but expands considerably by including extensive animal husbandry functions allowing young farmers and animal lovers to compete for prizes. Topping off the Fair, many of the prize-winning animals are sold in a highly competitive auction which draws leading businesses across Page County to buy prime stock. Home maker arts competitions, fair rides, demolition derby, C/W and bluegrass performances all make The Page Valley Adricultural and Industrial Fair a good reason to visit Luray 20 - 26 August 06 for a day-trip or to spend a few days taking in the Fair and the sights, sounds and atmosphere of rural Virginia in Luray, the Town where the Caverns meet the sky!.
6 & 7 October 2007: The Page County Heritage Festival The Heritage Festival is sponsored by the
Page County Heritage Association. The Festival is held at the Page County Fairgrounds in Luray and celebrates life of a by-gone era...an era when steam engines and tractors could be heard across the valley...when rail-spliting competitions served to draw a crowd and help a neighbor...when apple butter simmered in huge constantly-stirred copper kettles, then glopped and hiccuped to signal it had reached the right consistency for canning...when story-telling and neighborliness were important parts of everyones' life. Come see many of those steam engines, taste the apple butter fresh from the kettle (and get some to take home too,) marvel at the handiwork and craftsmanship of Page County crafters. Buy handmade baskets and solid oak piesafes, cupboards, and listen to the music one more time. Come enjoy a ham biscuit, home-made pies and apple tarts.
Tour historic Calendine Mansion, the Mauck Meeting House, the Hamburg General Store and the One-room School House ...all historic properties restored and maintained by the Heritage Association. Plan on at least 2 days, or stay for a week. The fall colors may be starting on Skyline Drive and it is a great time to be in Luray, in Page County in the historic heart of the world-famous Shenandoah Valley and home to Luray Caverns. Plan ahead for accommodations as every bed and breakfast, motel and hotel will be booked up long before 7 Oct and the gates opeing for
The Page County Heritage Festival!