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  • HILLSVILLE — For the past two years, the Christian Family Fun Day (CFFD) event in Hillsville has provided a safe and fun environment where everyone is welcome.

    For some, the event — set to return for a third year on Sept. 20 — is a fun place to mingle with the community and enjoy the free games and entertainment. But for others, the experience is much more profound.

  • When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Despite high winds and rain clouds, Joyfest, the annual “friend-raiser” for Joy Ranch Home for Children in Woodlawn, brought in an impressive crowd on Sept. 6. Guests were treated to helicopter rides, face painting, games, bounce houses and plenty of food. Performances included the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and Brad & Rebekah. The weather kept the planned hot air balloons from flying.

  • WOODLAWN — Joy Ranch is anticipating a large turnout for JoyFest, the Christian home for children’s annual “friend raiser” this weekend.

    “We’ve promoted it more intensely than ever, and we’re getting a good response,” says Brent Carrick, Joy Ranch Development Coordinator. “We’ve added some new attractions to our already exciting lineup, and it has greatly boosted interest.”

    The event is taking place Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

  • HILLSVILLE — Frilly-dressed princesses of all ages graced the stage for the 2014 Miss Carroll County beauty pageant at the Carroll County Agricultural Fair.

    Judges had the difficult decision of presenting awards to a selection of the contestants, aged from birth through 19 years old.

    This year’s Miss Carroll County winner is Bethany Welch, a contestant who also practices the science behind beauty as an employee of 58 Salon in Woodlawn. She is also a Skills USA award-winner, having earned a skill point certificate in nail care.

  • HILLSVILLE – The annual Carroll County Agricultural Fair gets underway Aug. 20 and continues through Aug. 24 on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market in Hillsville.  
    Registration for exhibits will be Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with judging to follow.
    The fair will provide a variety of events for the entire family.
    Brinkley Entertainment from Walnut Cove, N.C., will provide carnival rides and shows during the fair.

  • The second annual Galax Rhythm, Brews & Vine Fest is coming Aug. 2 to Grayson Street, featuring 12 breweries and five wineries, along with four bands and two food vendors.

    The downtown festival will run from 2-8 p.m.

    The festival is being put on and sponsored by the Galax Downtown Association, Creek Bottom Brews and Macado’s.

  • HILLSVILLE — Bill “Doc” Copeland was chosen as July’s Citizen of the Month by Laurel Fork Council Member Greg Yonce at Hillsville Town Council’s July 14 meeting.

    “I find it very fitting that Bill Copeland receive the Citizen of the Month for July, as this is the month that Bill is retiring,” said Yonce as he presented the award to Copeland that evening.

    The Danville, along with his wife and three daughters, moved 90 miles west over the mountains to Hillsville.

  • Mike Dees is exactly the person you’d want to show you how to perform a difficult exercise move or figure out a complicated craft step: vigorous and competent, but also friendly and patient.

    In repose, he has a glow of health and the appearance of stored energy waiting to be used with steady economy: he’s at rest, but not because he needs to be.

  • Sophie Haga, 12, of Galax represented Virginia as the statewide winner of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which invited children to develop tasty, affordable and healthy lunches.

    Sophie, who will be starting seventh grade this fall at Galax Middle School, submitted a healthy lunch recipe for Chia Chicken Pitas that won her a seat representing the Commonwealth at the First Lady’s annual Kids’ State Dinner.

  • The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce held the 10th Annual Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship on July 18-19, which also serves as Virginia’s official barbecue contest.

    The Galax competition is a qualifying event for three national contests — Memphis In May, Kansas City Barbecue Society and the World Food Championship.

    Here are this year’s winners:

    KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY

  • Watch a slideshow of photos from July 4, 2014, parades in Hillsville, Independence, Galax and Fries. By Patrick Smith, Shaina Stockton and Shannon Watkins.

    http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/2014-independence-day-parades

  • INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence wants to focus on recognizing and thanking veterans for their military service during its annual Fourth of July celebration, which the town will host Friday.

    To commemorate Independence Day, the town will offer a parade, themed “Thank You for Our Freedom,” followed by family activities, food and free concerts in the Independence Town Park until a fireworks finale commences at 10 p.m.

  • “The Crooked Road Racers” sounds like a forgotten team from 1971’s “Cannonball Run,” but it isn’t. Led by Galax dentist Dr. Tom Littrell in a 1928 Model-A Ford Roadster highboy, they’re competing in the Great Race, a controlled-speed endurance road rally by vintage, antique and collector cars.

  • HILLSVILLE –– Everyone deserves a second chance. For Albert Fulp, it only took something in the neighborhood of 70 years.

    Fulp, an 86-year-old R.J. Reynolds retiree from Winston-Salem, N.C., and Kathy Delp, a 56-year-old close friend from Galax, were among the 150 or so who were provided another opportunity to attend the formal dance that circumstance may have prevented them from enjoying as teenagers, as Galax-Carroll County Relay for Life held its inaugural Second Chance Prom recently at Carroll County High School.

  • The Galax Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival will be held this year from June 23-28 at Felts Park, with rides provided by Michael’s on the Midway.

    Gates open at 5 p.m., followed by the bingo and the carnival at 6 p.m. Bingo will have a 50 percent payout for each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on Saturday night for qualifying players.

    Fireworks will be held on June 28 at 11 p.m. and again on July 4 at 10 p.m.

    The Great American Duck Race will also be held on July 4 at 10 a.m. in Chestnut Creek. Tickets are $5.

  • “Memories on Main” car show in downtown Galax proved quite a draw for vintage, antique and custom car enthusiasts this year. Along with the cars, entertainment was provided by local group Loose Strings, along with food, book and license plate vendors.

    On hand to greet showgoers was Michigan’s Scott “Scooter” Strenzel, a car magazine journalist and author of the “Scooter’s Garage” column, who was there to give out a special award and write articles about the event and various articles on display.