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the Eastham fam­ily as our un­der­writ­ers.”

Ben Venue Farm is pop­u­lar site of the an­nual Old Do­min­ion Hounds Point-to Point Races, and is lo­cated at 98 Ben Venue Road.

“Fire depart­ment mem­bers are ex­cited to be able to con­tinue with or­ga­niz­ing this an­nual event and an­nounce our new lo­ca­tion,” says Leake. “The cel­e­bra­tion not only rec­og­nizes our coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence, the event fa­cil­i­tates a joy­ous at­mos­phere for fam­ily, friends, or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses.”

Leake points out that the July 4th fes­ti­val has at­tracted up­wards of 4,500 peo­ple, pro­vid­ing un­sur­passed op­por­tu­ni­ties for Rap­pa­han­nock and other lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to dis­play their goods and max­i­mize fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“The event also al­lows the lo­cal vol­un­teer fire and res­cue com­pa­nies to en­joy part­ner­ships with one an­other,” Leake says.

“The event pro­vides fun and ex­cite­ment for all ages,” he adds, rat­tling off live music by the Gold Top County Ram­blers, Bobby G. and Friends, Ben Ma­son, and Founders of Cerulean; along with an­tique cars and trac­tors, lo­cal non­profit dis­plays, chil­dren’s games, face paint­ing, moon bounces, a Medi-Vac He­li­copter dis­play, food and much more, con­clud­ing with bril­liant fire­works at dusk.

In fact, the fire­works are con­sid­ered among the most spec­tac­u­lar of any ru­ral county in the state.

“The event is work in­ten­sive and sup­ported by ev­ery mem­ber of the Sper­ryville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment,” ob­serves Leake. “And be­cause of in­creas­ing costs as­so­ci­ated with putting on an event of this mag­ni­tude, con­tin­ued un­der­writer sup­port is needed each year in or­der to sus­tain the event at its cur­rent level.

“Very spe­cial thanks goes out to our cur­rent un­der­writ­ers: The Eastham Fam­ily (Lind­say, Heidi, Is­abel and Ben­nett Eastham) and Ben Venue Farms, Ap­ple­ton Campbell, B&B Sig­nal Com­pany, Cheri Woodard Realty, Gib­son Ren­tal, Greg Wil­liams Tree & Land­scap­ing Ser­vice, Greve Foun­da­tion, Hamp­ton Inn War­ren­ton LLC, Pepsi-Cola of Cen­tral Vir­ginia, and Union Bank & Trust.

“Their con­tin­ued sup­port al­lows the ci­ti­zens of Rap­pa­han­nock County and its neigh­bors to en­joy fel­low­ship and cel­e­bra­tion in our beau­ti­ful county.”

Be­sides Leake, the 4th of July Com­mit­tee con­sists of Gary Set­tle (Chair­man), Greg Wil­liams, Richie Burke, Chucky Jenk­ins, Richie Lil­lard, and Larry Grove, who will likely pull up to the cel­e­bra­tion in his an­tique Ford Mus­tang con­vert­ible.

Gates to Ben Venue Farm open at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 4th (rain date July

5). Fire­works com­mence at dusk. Ticket prices: Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion $25 per ve­hi­cle; Tail­gat­ing $50 per ve­hi­cle, which pro­vides an awe­some view of the fire­works and en­ter­tain­ment, as well as ad­di­tional space at the rear of the ve­hi­cle for an 8x8 tent.

Cor­po­rate Spon­sor­ship at this later date is $550, which in­cludes a prime space on the in­field large enough for a 20x20 tent, re­served park­ing along­side the in­field, and spe­cial recog­ni­tion dur­ing the event. For un­der­writer/ cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Gary Set­tle at 540-987-9333.

For ven­dor in­for­ma­tion call 540-987-8124 and ask to speak with Richie Burke. For com­plete in­for­ma­tion on the 12th An­nual Rap­pa­han­nock County 4th of July cel­e­bra­tion visit www. sper­ryville­


This year’s fire­works will mi­grate from Sper­ryville to Ben Venue.

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