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Discover Fauquier August 2018
Your Business
in Action
~ Sarah Smarrelli
A Busy Summer for Local 4-H Members
Fauquier 4-H Feathered Friends hosted their 1st Annual Poultry Show and Auction on June 2
at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds with licensed poultry judge Mike Wiski, who traveled from
Delaware to judge the event. Raising a total of $955 profit for the club, the show included 16
market pens, four broilers, eight pekin ducks, and four turkeys presented by six participants:
Mallory, Bethany, Garrett, and Whitney Norman, and Meredith and Caroline Lawrence.
Bethany won champion duck and reserve champion turkey, and Whitney had the champion
turkey. Caroline raised the reserve champion duck, while her older sister Meredith had the
champion and reserve champion broiler, and the champion and reserve champion of show.
4-Hers Lizabeth, Faith, and Donna Miller also participated by making BBQ sauce that was
sold during the event. The
Feathered Friends 4-H
Club thanks show sponsors
and supporters: CFC
Farm and Home Center
(Warrenton), Rankins
Hardware, Tractor Supply
(Marshall), and Southern
States (Calverton), and the
Lawrence family.
In addition, 4-H members
attended camp at the 4-H
Center in Front Royal,
where they enjoyed shooting sports, canoeing, fishing, baking, rocketry, doll making, and
more. They also had a daily theme that many dressed up for and nightly activities such as
dances, movies, and box car races. Finally, several 4-H members attended 4-H Congress,
where Sophia Stoernell was named an All-Star, while Kailee Sullivan and Meredith Lawrence
were named delegates for the National 4-H Congress.
Each summer, 4-H hosts the annual Farm to Table camp, which is also open to non 4-H
members. Camp participants will learn about healthy living and cooking, where food comes
from, and will tour a dairy farm and bakery. To sign up, visit
programs/4h-summer.html and click "registration for summer workshops."
For more information about any of these events or about 4-H, contact Sarah Sisk at
Relay for Life Raises Money & Awareness
Despite being forced inside due to weather, the Fauquier Relay for Life event--held
June 9 at Fauquier High School--was still a resounding success with 36 teams, 270
registered participants, and $90,600 raised overall. The final fundraising amount will be
available soon, as donations continued to roll in through August 1.
As the signature
event for the
A m e r i c a n
Cancer Society,
Relay for Life
raises money
and awareness
for cancer
research and
prevention. It
also celebrates
caregivers and
survivors. Local
teams work to
raise money all year long through various fundraising activities and direct donations.
At the event, the team members set up "indoor campsites" and walked laps around the
gym all night long. For more information, visit, or send
an email to Sammi Hawkins at
Earning Your GED--The Bridge to a Brighter Future
In late May, the Piedmont Regional Adult
& Career Education Program (PRACEP)
hosted ceremonies for graduates
who earned their high school diploma
equivalency and have stepped on the
bridge to a brighter future. These students
are on their way to either post-secondary
education, a technical skills career, or
employment with local school systems--as
is the case for students of the PluggedIn
Virginia program. Through this intense
career-pathways program, eight graduates
earned their GED diploma, along with
certificates in soft skills, CPR and first
aid, Microsoft
digital literacy, and an educational paraprofessional certification. The eight
education paraprofessionals have all received job offers at local schools.
Available free to anyone who is at least 18 years old in the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier,
Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock, the PRACEP offers classes for GED preparation and
English classes for speakers of other languages. There is a small fee for books, but students
are not required to purchase books to attend classes, which are held two to three times
per week during day and evening hours at various locations in each of the five counties. In
addition, there is no defined timeline to earn the GED. Once students register for class, they
can remain in the program for as long as they need to meet their goals, whether it's weeks or
years, as long as they attend class regularly. For more information, visit
John Marshall Birthplace Park Celebrates 50 Years
Open since June 1978, the John Marshall Birthplace Park is Fauquier County's first public
park and is frequented by an average of 4,500 visitors each year. The park celebrates
the accomplishments of John Marshall, who was born and raised in what was then called
Germantown, near modern-day Midland. Marshall was a Culpeper Minuteman during the
Revolutionary war and studied law at the College of
William and Mary. He represented Fauquier County
as a member of the Virginia State Assembly, served
in U.S. House of Representatives, and is most well-
known for his 34 years of service as Chief Justice of
the Supreme Court during John Adams' presidency.
In the most famous decision of his tenure--Marbury v.
Madison--he established the right of judicial review.
The John Marshall Birthplace Park has a one-mile trail
that ends at a commemorative marker and small picnic area. The trail--part of the Virginia
Birding and Wildlife Trail--is also popular for birdwatchers. More information on birding at the
park can be found at The park is open daily from dawn to dusk,
and the trailhead and parking lot are located on Route 649/Germantown Road in Midland.
Parks & Rec Host Family Fun Day at Vint Hill
Don't miss the family fun at the second annual Family Fun Day at Vint
Hill, hosted by Fauquier County Parks & Recreation, on
22, from 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. With a variety of events, there's sure
to be something for all ages to enjoy, including live music, inflatables, a
rock climbing wall, laser tag, face painting, make-and-take crafts, and food
concessions. The Parks & Recreation Department is also recruiting volunteers for the event,
as well as sponsors at various levels. For more information, send an email to
eastparks@, or call Melissa or Jimmy at (540) 428-3768. You can also visit http:// for more information and sponsorship forms.
BOB Delivers Reading, Art, Music, and Movement Across the County
by Katie Schmidtmann
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, hundreds of children and families gathered
together to celebrate the joy of reading and the places it can take you. With Fauquier County
Public School's Books On the Bus (BOB) summer program, every child received a free
book in addition to participating in movement, music, and art activities as well as enjoying a
healthy snack. Designed to encourage a love of reading from a young age, BOB visited five
locations every week, including the John Page Turner
Community House in The Plains, Marshall Community
Center, Eva Walker Park in Warrenton, and the Marsh
Run Community and Cedar Lee Middle School,
both in Bealeton. With fitness instructors from the
Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF)
teaching movement games, LAMP Mobile organizing
unique art projects, and Crescendo Music and Allegro
Community School of the Arts facilitating interactive music experiences, there was an activity
to please every child, no matter the age. As of mid-July, BOB's Summer Adventure had
already hosted more than 1,000 visitors since beginning its travels on June 12.
As the summer comes to an end, so does BOB's Summer Adventure, but that doesn't mean
the reading and fun have to stop. BOB will continue to visit a variety of school and community
events throughout the year to give away free books. Find out about BOB's next stop by
following him on Twitter @BooksBus or by sending an email to