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Aug. 8-16 Fair Enough Manassas

Aug. 22 You Gotta Lovett Vienna

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Get your fair fill at the Prince William County Fair, the largest county fair in the Commonwealth. Oh, there are the expected thrill rides, arts and crafts, and live music, but there’s also much more, from diving dogs to chainsaw art to lawn mower racing. Seriously, can you bear to miss it?

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Who doesn’t love Lyle? His wit and wordplay belie a much more sophisticated soul than you might expect from a country boy. Considering the four-time Grammy winner’s multi-genre songbook and His Large Band, the beloved “Cowboy Man” and Texas’ official State Musician has big, broad appeal. At Wolf Trap’s Filene Center.

July 23-27 FloydFest Lite, Ferrum

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Just 30 miles from the original, FloydFestPLUS! offers a more grown-up version of the beloved bacchanal down the road. FloydFestPLUS! offers overnight accommodations in a Ferrum College dorm, shuttle service to and from FloydFest, breakfast at the campus dining hall and convenient parking, as well as tours of the Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum. Elevators, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and easy access to campus fast food vendors make FloydFestPLUS! just the right additive for FloydFest purists.

July 11, 13, 16 Oh! An Operatic Susannah Charlottesville

July 19-20 Three Festivals in One Surry

July 26 Crabby Competitors Virginia Beach

Susannah certainly wasn't the first mountain girl to dream of going "beyond them mountains where the folks talk nice an' the folks dress nice," but she's surely among the best loved. Ash Lawn Opera’s performance of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah captures that slice of American mountain culture, presented by the seasoned theater company approaching its fourth decade. At the Paramount Theater.

Go nuts and pig out at the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, when Surry celebrates its most prominent products all at once. More than 100 artisans and musicians will entertain for two days at Chippokes State Park, giving fest-goers a relaxing breather between munching. In case your tastes don’t run to any of the above, there will be local food vendors too, providing plenty of alternatives.

Can you train a crab to compete? Find out at the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge, when more than 300 “crabtestants” line up oceanfront to find out who's the fastest. Crabs—er, entrants come from around the country to compete in the Crustacean 500. There are other competitions, like the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant, for those whose racing days are past.

...claimed tap dancing as an American art form, it was practiced in its purest form in the mountains of Appalachia. See what all the racket is about when the Appalachian Hoedowners bring their authentically American clogging to Big Walker Lookout & BW Country Store. Pull up a lawnchair. It’s free!

Aug. 8-10 doin' doah fest, Luray Do-ah favor for someone you like, and take them to Doah Fest, three fun-filled days of music between the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Headliners include Tauk, The Good Thing, Emma Leigh and others. Days begin with meditation (optional) and end with nightly bonfires (also optional), with lots of music and art in between. Tickets are $40.

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Aug. 30 Before Fred and Ginger... Wytheville


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August 2014 Virginia Living  
August 2014 Virginia Living  

The magazine for Virginia lifestyles and culture.