2019 Country Fair & Gathering

Country Fair & Gathering

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 office@sedealicenter.org or call the office and leave your contact information.

Country Fair Contests Winners

Horse Show:

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

Pickled Cucumbers

  • Dill Pickles                               1st Emma Markham
  • Pickle Relish                            1st Emma Markham

Pickled Vegetables                 

  • Squash Relish                          1st Patricia Stevens
  • Christmas Jam                        2nd Patricia Stevens

Pickled Cabbage

  • 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


Root Vegetable

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

This Year's Sponsors:

Sponsor - Al Stroobants

Lone Pine Farm

Sponsor - Coleman-Adams Construction
Bank of the James
Sponsor - Mountain Run Farm
Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
Sponsor - NEA

2 thoughts on “2019 Country Fair & Gathering

  1. Joseph W Wilburn,Jr says:

    I really enjoyed The 2019 Country Fair & Gathering .The Draft Horse was really fantastic.I wish there was more competition if we had more mules to join in the fun.The music was great along with the line dancers.The bluegrass was a real masterpiece of this wonderful event.The food was perfect and the nice whether couldn’t be any better.I had been to this event over the past years so this was among the best.Everyone including myself was happy.The setting was incredible with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a beautiful backdrop.From the botton of my heart Thank you all.

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