Thank you to everyone who came out to the Country Fair and Gathering on Saturday. It was a beautiful day in Sedalia!
The 2019 Country Fair was blessed with moderate temperatures and a bit of a breeze, a nice summer day for horse show exhibitors, demonstrators, and fairgoers alike to enjoy being outdoors in the country. The arena rumbled under wagons, the hoofs of big black horses, and the scampering feet of dogs and the sheep they herded.
Musicians Catherine the Great, East Bound, and unannounced guests Dale and Robert Overstreet kept the pavilion upbeat and didn’t seem to bother the chickens at all. FFA brought sheep and goats, sold mums, and generally added to the life of the Fair.
LT Skinnell demonstrated forging, and vendors offered good food and a wide variety of merchandise. Doug MacLeod set up his camp with its ancient artifacts in the lower meadow, showing kids how to weave yucca into mats and to use primitive bows and arrows. Mark Angelini and John Fluger carved wood into spoons and animals. Children wore out the playground and ate Italian ice. The Pollinator Garden hummed brightly in its beds, and the Angelinis explained plans for next year’s sustainable vegetable garden.
2020 will be the first year in many decades that hemp can be legally grown in Virginia. Bedford County Extension Agent Scott Baker, and Chris Wood, who grows hemp for oil at Peaks of Otter Hemp, addressed agricultural issues of growing hemp for fiber and medicinal oil.
Doris McCabe thanked the Al Stroobants Foundation for the solar micro-grid it awarded the Sedalia Center, and Mark Howard and Shane Tyree of Powermark Electrical, who designed and installed it, gave impromptu tours of the system. 2019 is the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Counter Ridge School, the original incarnation of the Sedalia Center. Alumna Deborah Reeves spoke of the history of black children’s education in northern Bedford County, reminding the audience of the milestone that the building of Counter Ridge marked: a school with indoor plumbing, a cafeteria, and a kitchen where the lunch ladies cooked from scratch. A school that gave a child a sense of dignity and the opportunity to advance. And gave the Sedalia Center a history it can be proud of.
September 7, 2019
Starting Time: 10:00 am (Gates open at 8:00 am)
Admission: $5 per adult. Children 12 and under admitted free.
Draft Horse, Mule & Donkey Show
Entry Fee: $10.00 per class
Awards: Ribbons 1st – 6th
All proceeds benefit Astride with Pride therapeutic riding program (a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization for children and adults with disabilities)
Counter Ridge / Sedalia Primary School Reunion
Before it was the Sedalia center, the counter ridge school and later the Sedalia primary school sheltered and educated many Bedford County residents. Alumni, family, friends, and neighbors are invited to come out, get together, and celebrate this Bedford county institution that has always been a gathering place and center for the area.
The Sedalia center has collected some historical background on Counter Ridge. We invite anyone with artifacts, memorabilia, information, and memories to bring them to the center so they can help reconstruct and reinvigorate the school’s history.
Please contact Doris Mccabe through the office email email@example.com or call the office and leave your contact information.
Country Fair Contests Winners
Winners will be listed soon.
- Red & Yellow Tomatoes 1st Emma Markham
- Mr. Stripy Tomatoes 1st Emma Markham
- Tomatoes 1st Christy Boone
- Tomatoes 2nd Christy Boone
- Tomatoes 3rd Christy Boone
- Dill Pickles 1st Emma Markham
- Pickle Relish 1st Emma Markham
- Squash Relish 1st Patricia Stevens
- Christmas Jam 2nd Patricia Stevens
- Chow-Chow 1st Emma Markham
- Red Chow-Chow 1st Emma Markham
- Speckled Sussex 1st Charlie Moser
- Serama Rooster & Hen 2nd Charlie Moser
- Buff 1st Madison Cocke
- Silver Lace Wyandotte 1st Charlie Moser
- Polish Frizzle 1st Bob Curfiss
- Phoenix Rooster 1st Rachel Cocke
- Dark Brahama 1st Emily Cocke
- Sex Link 1st Emily Cocke
- Silkie Rooster 1st Ava Curfiss
- Gray Silkie 1st Emily Cocke
- Lone Bale 1st Elaine Lee
- Maria in Snow 2nd Elaine Lee
- Three Flowers 3rd Donna Owen
- Marked Wire 4th Elaine Lee
- Two Cats 5th Donna Owen
- Curve to the Peaks of Otter 6th Elaine Lee
- Apple Pie 1st Doris McCabe
- Jicama Pie 2nd Larry Freeman
Jicama 1st Larry Freeman
- Charleston Grey 1st Donald Steen
- Heirloom Organic 1st Doris McCabe
- Brown Eggs 1st Stormie Shelton
- Colored Eggs 1st Stormie Shelton
- Easter Eggs 1st Emily Cocke
- Small White Eggs 1st Madison Cocke
- White Eggs 2nd Stormie Shelton
- Farm Fresh Display Eggs 1st Emily Cocke