Southwest, central Virginians celebrating first weekend of summer with fun festivities

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(WFXR) — From car shows to scavenger hunts to outdoor movies, concerts, and fireworks displays, communities across southwest and central Virginia are ready to celebrate the first full weekend of summer with a wide range of festivities.

Here is a list of fun events taking place around the region between Friday, June 25 and Sunday, June 27:

Amherst County

Get ready to gather with your friends and family and grab some lawn chairs or blankets because fireworks will light up the sky in the Town of Amherst in honor of first responders starting around 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.


Covington Parks and Recreation will kick off “a Flat Footin Good Time” from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at the Jackson River Sports Complex’s River Rock Amphitheatre.

Three bands will play over the course of Saturday, with New Standard at 3:30 p.m., Crawford & Power at 5 p.m., and Mountain Heart at 8 p.m.

New Standard is a young, high-energy group that plays a mix of traditional Bluegrass and Gospel music, honoring Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and The Stanley Brothers.

Crawford & Power was born of red clay, back roads, callouses, and ingenuity passed down from mash makers. With roots in country, Americana, and southern rock, they seek to spawn a classic country music revival with a splash of sweet iced tea and whiskey. Their unique approach to a fading genre has been lauded as a breath of fresh air amidst the commercialization of sacred American music genres.

Mountain Heart bills itself as a hybrid bluegrass group, of which there are several who have released albums in the last few months. What sets Mountain Heart apart is their instrumentation, notably no banjo or fiddle but piano, guitars, mandolin, and dobro instead from the core group. Electric guitars find their way into the mix as well. Also, all four members are contributing songwriters and harmony vocalists. On Soul Searching the band continues to explore their rather unique sound that marries bluegrass, pop, and roots music. The combination of piano with acoustic string instruments is a rather unusual configuration and it sounds just natural and splendid with these players.

Covington Parks and Recreation


Terrence the turtle is hiding in the River District and it’s up to the members of the River City community to find him and his lookalikes!

The River District Association and the Danville Public Library have partnered up to organize the “Where is Terrence the turtle” scavenger hunt, giving participants two hours to follow clues on the Distrx app, find Terrence’s 10 sea turtle friends, and swing by the library to claim your prize.

The scavenger hunt will be active from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 26. This event is open to all ages and does not require registration. All you need to do is download the Distrx app on your mobile device, select Danville’s River District, click on “contest,” and find the ‘Where is Terrence the Turtle?’ game.


Calling all antique and classic car enthusiasts! On Saturday, June 26, approximately 120 cars involved in “The Great Race” will make a lunch stop in Galax as part of the 2,300 mile race from Texas to South Carolina. Organizers say all of the cars involved are older than 1974, many of them have great historical significance, and some of them are more than 100 years old.

The racers are expected to start arriving in the city at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, with a finish line set up and announcers ready to go at the Farmers Market. The road will be blocked down to Old Town Street, but the race cars will be on display while the racers take their lunch break.

According to the Galax City Tourism Center, hometown heroes “The Crooked Road Racers” — ‘Doc Tom Littrell’ and his wife Faye — with their navigators, Coleman Davis and Nathaniel Donley, are expected to be near the front of the pack.

Car enthusiasts are invited to bring your cars, park along the side streets, and hang around to enjoy the cars. You can also take advantage of the shopping and eating in downtown Galax before “Galax Cruise Nights” start from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday along the Main Street Strip.

Henry County

Bring your chair or blanket out to Jack Dalton Park because Henry County Parks and Recreation is holding Movie in the Park on Friday, June 25. Music and games start at 7:30 p.m. and then the movie — the classic “Karate Kid” — starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Montgomery County

Blacksburg’s Summer Arts Festival Outdoor Concert Series returns on Friday, June 25 with a performance by Nashville recording artist, Jimmy Parker, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The free concert will take place on Henderson Lawn and is open to the public, but attendees are asked to wear masks if not vaccinated.

Pulaski County

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says there will be a car show fundraiser for the Perry Hodge Legacy Fund — named after Sgt. Perry Hodge, who died in a crash back in January — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at Pulaski County High School.

“Perry was very passionate about helping train new law enforcement officers at our local academy and his efforts there were legendary to say the least. (That man could run for days, shoot like nobody’s business and had the patience of a saint when it came to trainees that needed extra help.),” the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook on Thursday, June 24. The money raised will all go towards continuing Perry’s work of helping train new sheep dogs to serve and protect our community.”

The sheriff’s office says all cars, trucks, jeeps, and motorcycles are invited to take part in the car show, but there is a $20 cash registration fee.

The event will offer food, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes.

Roanoke City

Car lovers, get ready to rev your engine for the 20th Annual Berglund Automotive Star City Motor Madness this weekend!

You can catch your favorite car, truck, or motorcycle cruising on Williamson Road on Friday, June 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. for Williamson Road Cruise Night. There will be music and food during the cruise from 10th St. to Hershberger Rd.

On Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., car lovers can check out the Car and Truck Show in downtown Roanoke. Food vendors, automotive displays, and more than 300 cars will be on display throughout the day.

After the car show finishes up, there will be live music, a food truck, and a beer garden at the Virginia Museum of Transportation from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.


Get ready to enjoy music, magic, and Will Smith as a genie during a showing of Disney’s live-action version of “Aladdin” during Movies at Longwood in Salem. Admission is free and snacks will be available for purchase as you enjoy a movie under the stars at Longwood Park. The movie will start at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Friday, June 25.

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