Celebrating summertime! Fun family events scheduled across southwest, central Virginia on Saturday

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(WFXR) — From Hero Day in Appomattox County to a Back to School Celebration in Danville and MEGA Pet Adoption Event in Roanoke, Saturday is chock-full of activities around southwest and central Virginia!

Here is a list of fun, family-friendly events taking place around the region on Saturday, July 31:

Appomattox County

Get ready to grab the family, tie on a superhero cape, and celebrate all your favorite heroes — both local and fictional — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in Appomattox!

Wolfbane Productions, in conjunction with Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation and Virginia Commission for the Arts, will be hosting its first ever ‘Hero Day’ event at the Wolfbane Performing Arts Center.

(Photo: Courtesy Wolfbane Productions)

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds will be used to support local arts programming.

“Hero Day will feature a plethora of activities for kids of all ages: face painting, Jedi training, a dunk tank, meet and greets with characters from Disney to Marvel, games, music, and more! Costumes are encouraged, but are not required. And make sure you come hungry, as local food vendors Blended Soul and Snow of the South Shaved Ice will be selling delicious treats,” Wolfbane Productions said in a statement earlier this month. “Local heroes will be celebrated at the event as well! Educators, historians, law enforcement agents, fire departments, and medical teams from Central Virginia will be on hand to meet and play games with the kids.”

In addition, The Feminine Project — a collective of local women empowering other women — will collect tampons, pads, panty liners, and clean makeup bags to create emergency feminine hygiene kits for women in the greater Appomattox area.

For additional information, you can visit www.wolfbane.org, call the Wolfbane box office Wednesday through Sunday at (434) 579-3542, or email boxoffice@wolfbane.org.

Botetourt County

Botetourt Parks and Recreation and Family Preservation Services will be throwing their first Movie Night in the Park with a screening of “Onward” at Blue Ridge Park in Roanoke on Saturday.

The movie will start around 8:30 p.m., but community members are encouraged to arrive at this free family event early in order to check out the available food trucks and vendors. 

Campbell County

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Cross Road Baptist Church to bring ‘Community Day and Cars for Kids’ to 191 Crossroad Lane in Evington on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“We think everyone can agree it’s been a tough year, and frankly, we miss you guys. Which is why we’ve partnered to bring a fun community event for the whole family,” the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

This event will feature:

  • Classic cars, antique tractors, and motorcycles
  • Live entertainment
  • Jaws of Life demonstration
  • Food trucks
  • Touch a truck with local public safety agencies
  • Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty University Police Department K9 units
  • Door prizes

Meanwhile, the Campbell County Public Library is holding a ‘Summer Reading Grand Finale and Mini Street Fair‘ in Rustburg on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In order to celebrate the “tale” end of summer, the main library location will offer a variety of activities and vendors that will appeal to the whole family.

You can check out a list of all the food trucks, entertainers, and vendors for the fair by following this link.


Ready to celebrate the start of a new school year? Danville Public Schools will be throwing a ‘Community Back-to-School Celebration’ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at 513 Worsham Street.

This event will provide school supplies to more than 500 kids, as well as free food; games inflatables; haircuts; and free sports physicals, but you need to have a school physical form and be accompanies by a parent/guardian.

There will also be Pfizer coronavirus vaccines available to anyone age 12 and older without any out-of-pocket expense, although any age 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. If you would like to receive this vaccine, schedule an appointment by calling (434) 791-4122, ext. 1006/1004. Preregistration is highly encouraged because the first 100 people vaccinated will receive a DoorDash or Uber gift card.

Pulaski County

Saturday marks the final day of fun at the New River Valley Fair in Dublin. Admission is free for children age 6 and under, $3 for children ages 7 to 11, and $7 for everyone else.

The gates will be open from 2 to 11 p.m. that day, with the entertainment lineup featuring Bulls & Barrels, 4EVER Classic Band, and Jimmy “The Boogie Woogie Man” Valiant.

You can learn more about the New River Valley Fair’s schedule and various exhibits, as well as purchase a ride pass, by clicking here.

Roanoke City

Carilion Clinic, PLAY Roanoke, United Way of the Roanoke Valley, and the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are throwing a free ‘Community Health and Outreach Fair‘ at Washington Park Pool in northwest Roanoke on Saturday.

The event — which is taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1610 Burrell Street NW in Roanoke — will feature a wide range of fun and healthy activities, including the following:

  • Health and safety education on topics, such as healthy eating, sun safety, and child/infant safety
  • Hypertension screenings and diabetes risk assessments
  • Information from Morningside Urban Farm and Safe Kids Southwest Virginia
  • Dancing, hula hooping, and games
  • Community art projects
  • Frozen treats from Delicia’s Gourmet Ice
  • Prize wheel

There will also be free COVID-19 vaccines available on site. While walk-ins are welcome, you can follow these links to preregister for the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Meanwhile, animal shelters, rescues, and volunteers from all over southwest Virginia — including the Roanoke Valley, the Alleghany Highlands, the New River Valley, Southside, and beyond — will bring numerous animals to the Berglund Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the “Summer of Love MEGA Pet Adoption Event”

Not only will there be free entry and free parking, but there will also be adoption fee specials for the dogs, cats, and other critters.

The Alleghany Humane SocietyAngels of AssisiClover Cat RescueFranklin County Humane Society Planned Pethood and Adoption CenterFriends of Bedford County Animal ShelterHumane Society of Montgomery CountyMargaret’s Saving Grace Bully RescuePittsylvania Pet CenterRegional Center for Animal Care and ProtectionRoanoke Valley SPCA, and Smyth Animal Rescue are set to participate in Saturday’s adoption event.

Roanoke County

After a pandemic-related delay, Cave Spring High School is inviting parents, alumni, and the general public to attend a ribbon cutting and open house event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, which will also provide the opportunity for people to tour the recently rebuilt and expanded high school.

“We’re’ excited to allow the public to come in and see the newly renovated Cave Spring High School,” said Mike Wray, Cave Spring member of the Roanoke County School Board and CSHS alumnus.

This public celebration was originally meant to take place shortly after the project was completed in fall 2020, but since coronavirus regulation at the time significantly restricted the number of attendees for indoor events, it was postponed.

Meanwhile, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, students and staff are invited to unwrap history found in the time capsule enclosed outside the auditorium 21 years ago. Members of the Class of 2000 are encouraged to spread the word to other alumni and come out to reminisce.

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