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F.C. Ag Fair Seeks Competition Exhibits

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

i1qu4F WFRANKLIN COUNTY - The fourth annual Franklin County Agricultural Fair (FCAF) scheduled for Sept 13-16 seeks to showcase agriculture-related skills and highlight the most prized locally-grown produce and locally-made products in the region. From fresh vegetables and fruit to jams, pumpkins, quilts and more, the fair is featuring the best of the best in homegrown local talent.
Of convenience to participants, the entry day for dropping off competitive exhibits has been extended from one to two days. Entries will be accepted on Sunday, Sept 10 from 2-5 pm and on Monday, Sept 11 from 3-7 pm at the Franklin County Recreation Park – site of the 2017 fairgrounds. The event will allow participants to enter in a variety of agriculture related items under three broad division categories (Agriculture Products, Homemaking and Crafts).
Categories which are further broken down by class, include fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, baked goods, canned meats, flowers, quilts and more. Participants may enter items in various categories, but are limited to only one item per class. There is no fee to enter. The top three winners in each class will be awarded ribbons and cash prizes - $3 for first place blue ribbon, $2 for second place red ribbon and $1 for third place yellow ribbon.
“Competitive exhibits are a great way to celebrate local and regional agriculture, and the skills of the participants who grow and create these wonderful items,” said Carol Haynes, extension agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension who is chair of the fair’s competitions committee
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Competitive exhibits are open to participants in and beyond Franklin County. For entry forms, rules and a complete list of categories, please visit FCAgFair.com/attractions/competitive- exhibits/ For questions or more information, please contact Haynes at (540) 483-5161.
To learn more about the fair, please visit the website FCAgFair.com and follow on Facebook @FCAgFAir. For questions, please call (540) 483-3030 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rotary Club Announces 2017 W.W. Naff Jr. Scholarship Recipients

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

EvanOn July 27, the Rocky Mount Rotary Club was very proud to award two  W.W. Naff, Jr. Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Evan Mitchell and Jonathan Iraggi. Both of the recipients
have demonstrated high Character, Academic Achievement, and Leadership.

The Scholarship is for a Franklin County High School senior who plans to attend Ferrum College. The scholarship is for $1,250 and is renewable for four years or a total of $5,000. The selection committee looks for candidates with strong citizenship, civic contributions, leadership, and involvement in clubs, community groups, church, and/or athletics. All of these areas are what W.W. Naff, Jr. felt were important.

 

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SML's Attempt at World Record Fails

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

smlworld record2FRANKLIN COUNTY - The Smith Mountain Lake's attempt to break the record for the "Most People Floating in a Line" will not be placed in the official world record book. 
 
"In reviewing your submitted evidence for Most People in a Floating Line, we require further evidence and clarification. In the YouTube video of the submitted attempt, it appears that participants are surrounded by (and surrounding) guide ropes. Even if not physically connected, in the spirit of the record it is important that no one be touching any of these ropes,"  Guinness officials said. 
 
"Additionally, it appears that some inner tubes may be touching jetskis, which would not be allowed per the guidelines. Finally, a portion of the line appears to be broken in the middle (that is, not connected to the other end on one side). To approve the record per the GWR guidelines, we'll require additional evidence that no one was touching any of the guide ropes, jet skis, and additional high-res photo of the attempt clearly showing a continuous single line of floaters who are not touching anything other than each other."
 
The effort was organized by the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA in August 2016 as a community event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake.  There were 1259 participants and 1251 remained in the water almost two hours while hundreds of organizers, helicopter and drone videographers and photographers and four judges worked to get the proper documentation to satisfy the Guinness guidelines. 
 
At the time of the event, the recorded record was 634.  The record has now been updated to The most people in a floating line consists of 2,088 people, achieved at an event organized by Havaianas and Aqeuo (both Australia), in Cottesloe, Australia, on 26 January 2012.
 
"It took a lot of work to prove this record and we were so close," said SML YMCA branch director Lauren Acker. "Several committee members have expressed that they would like to reattempt this record. Now, I'd like to ask the community! We will work toward a similar event in August of 2018 if there is enough interest," said Acker.
 
Let the YMCA know your opinion on reattempting this record by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or calling (540)721-9622.