Community Garden Art Class

Thanks to the generosity of Bedford Community Health Foundation and its vision of community health as encompassing more than hospitals and medicine, the Sedalia Center was able to offer a class in watercolor still life painting to volunteers in a Master Gardeners pollinator garden project at the Center. Funding for the class was included in a grant award for the installation of the garden, a joint project of the Sedalia Center, BCHF, and BAMGA.

The class, led by well-known Bedford artist Revelle Hamilton, was a basic introduction to watercolor painting; its subject matter the flowers and plants in the eight beds of the garden, which was planted this season in beds built by Eagle Scouts from Troop 638, which meets at and is sponsored by the Sedalia Center.

Expanding the domestic art of horticulture to an exercise in the fine art of watercolor painting is a first step in developing a broad-spectrum arts culture at the Center rooted in the connection of all creative endeavors. Annis McCabe founded the Sedalia Center “for the Art of Living and Living Arts,” casting a wide net to allow imagination to inform both work and play.

Ms. Hamilton introduced the class to the mysteries of the color wheel and provided a chart that help students figure out how colors combined. Students arranged hardy annuals from the garden’s beds in vases and worked under the artist’s guidance. The room hummed with focused energy, and everyone learned a lot and produced a finished painting.

Ms. Hamilton’s Floral Still Life class was a smashing success, and it happened because community members worked together to produce an opportunity for learning and immersion in the arts that would otherwise not have been available.

Please consider becoming a sponsor! For more information visit our Become a Sponsor Page.

2019 Country Fair & Gathering – Highlights

For the 2019 Country Fair & Gathering Event Details, click here.

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.

the Winners

Horse Show

Coming Soon



  • 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



  • 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



  • 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




Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
Bedford Community Health Foundation
Bank of the James

Lone Pine Farm

Virginia Commission for the Arts

Al Stroobants Foundation

Thank You for Entering Your Team in our Annual Chili Cook-Off

We look forward to tasting your amazing chili!!

Please remember to submit your Temporary Food Establishment Application/Permit 2 weeks prior to the event. You will need to display this Application/Permit on the day of the event. If you have any questions about the Application/Permit please contact the Bedford Health Department at 540-586-7952 ext. 126 Teams DO NOT have to pay the application fee.

Important Information About the Event:

Your Health Department Temporary Event Permit MUST be sent to the Health Department 2 WEEKS Prior to the Event.

If you have any questions about the event please contact the office at 434-299-5080 or email

2019 Chili Cook-Off

October 19th, 2019

Starting Time: Noon

Admission: $10 per adult, in advance. $15 per adult, at the gate. Children 12 and under admitted free.

Get your tickets by visiting Lynchburg Tickets.

The Event Includes:

Performances by: Rare Form, Pete Turpin, and Mountain Run Band.

Dedication of the Pavilion to Buzzy Coleman. For those of you that don’t know Buzzy passed earlier this year. One of his favorite events at the center was the Chili Cook-Off.

Prizes for People’s Choice, Judges’ Award, and Best Presentation! Prizes to include CASH, 2020 SEASON TICKETS, TROPHIES AND BRAGGING RIGHTS!!!!

Bring a chair, your dancing shoes, and be prepared to sample the areas’ best Chili.   NO Pets. NO Coolers.  Local food and cold brew are always available for purchase.

Enter Your Team

Before Entering Your Team in the competition be sure to read the Rules/Information, Health Department Guidelines, and the Health Department Temporary Event Permit Application. If you have any questions please call the office at 434-299-5080 or email

Your Health Department Temporary Event Permit MUST be sent to the Health Department 2 WEEKS Prior to the Event.

Including contact person, maximum of 4 members, NO exceptions. ***Additional members will have to purchase individual tickets**
You will need to print the Health Dept. Temporary Event Permit Application and mail/ email it to (2 weeks prior to the event). Please bring a hard copy of this permit application the day of the event.
By signing, I agree to abide by ALL the rules and regulations.

If you would like to submit a paper entry form you can do so by clicking HERE.

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Bedford Community Health Foundation
Virginia Commission for the Arts
Bank of the James

Al Stroobants Foundation

Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
Blue Ridge Beverage

2019 Country Fair & Gathering

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)

Things You Need to Know

  1. Entry Fee checks should be made to Astride with Pride. A $40.00 service fee will be charged for all returned checks. 
  2. Sedalia Country Fair, Triple F Farm, Astride with Pride, show management, any members, families, organizers, property owners, volunteers and employees assume no responsibility in case of loss, injury or damage to persons, horses or personal property for any cause and admittance and entries are accepted only on this basis. 
  3. VA Dept. of Agriculture requires all equines on the show grounds to have a current (12 months or less) negative coggins.

Country Fair Contests

Ribbons and small cash prizes for first place in major categories will be awarded.

Poultry Show: Categories will be determined by entries. Poultry must be confined with food and water inappropriately sized cages.

Canning: Canned goods will not be opened, but will be juried according to the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture Guidelines. Categories: Fruit Preserves and Jellies; Pickles (sweet or sour); Vegetables; Fruit;
Specialty Pickling (ex: canned meat, watermelon rind, etc).

Baking: Categories will be determined by entries. Baked goods will be tasted. Judges will consider appearance, texture, and taste.

Fresh Eggs: Eggs may be brown, white, or blue/green. They will be judged on cleanliness, uniformity of size, shape, and texture of shell. No internal inspection will be performed.

Fresh Produce: Garden produce of good quality, or unusual size, or type.

Flower Arranging: Cut flower arrangements combine artistic discipline with natural beauty, and enliven the contest room. The Fair encourages home gardeners to participate.

Photography Contest: Categories are Animals, Rural Life, and Signs of the Times. Please let your imagination guide your photographic eye. Photographs should be framed or mounted on stiff backing that will allow them to be displayed. Adult and Youth Divisions (youth 12 years and under).

You can also mail in your application by printing it here and sending it to: The Sedalia Center, 1108 Sedalia School Rd, Big Island, VA 24526

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 or call the office and leave your contact information.

Become a Vendor at The Sedalia Center

We cordially invite you to be part of the Country Fair & Gathering and other events at The Sedalia Center. Your booth will be a welcome addition and we hope you’ll choose to join us. To find out more information or apply, please visit our Vendor Page.

This Year’s Sponsors

Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
Bank of the James

Al Stroobants Foundation

Bedford Community Health Foundation
Virginia Commission for the Arts

Lone Pine Farm