Huntley Meadows Wildlife and Fauna

Summer sightings at Huntley Meadows include a baby fawn, Red-headed Woodpecker Nest, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Osprey, Hummingbirds as well as Ribbons Snakes. Bring your long lenses and tripods if needed to a morning shoot at Huntley Meadows to see what photo opportunities the wetland might provide. Butterflies and wetland fauna are also a possibility

Shenandoah Photographic Society’s June 15 PhotoFest Swap & Sale – For Info Only

Photo Equipment Swap and Sale – for info only!
Open to both Members and Non-Members

Do you have photo gear you no longer need?

Are you looking for something to fill a gap in your camera bag?

Or, do you just like finding bargains?

If so, come to the Shenandoah Photographic Society’s Photo Equipment Swap & Sale.

If you want to swap or sell, there will be a $10 fee for table space, payable at the door. There’s no charge if you simply want to browse the offerings and maybe take home a prize.
If you’re swapping or selling, bring your old cameras, lenses, filters, lights, tripods, photo books, and other gear, then make a deal.
You’ll be able to swap or sell in person or in absentia via the honor system while attending one of the seminars.
If you do plan to swap or sell, contact Norm Reid ahead of time at so we’ll know how many tables will be needed.

So bring your used gear or simply show up. Let’s make a deal!

Where: Bethel Lutheran Church

2077 North Frederick Pike, RT 522

Winchester, VA 22603-4132

Entrance at the left rear, of the church

When: Saturday, June 15, 10-3:00.

Norman Reid

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Model railroad blog:

Photograph the Prince William County Fair

Coming August 9-18, 2019
2019 Tickets Available at The Fairgrounds Soon! (Advance Online Sales Coming Soon)
Please visit the Fairgrounds at 10624 Dumfries Rd. Manassas, VA 20112 to buy tickets!
One Admission Adult Ticket $10
One Admission Child/Senior Ticket $6
Ride wristbands:
Weekdays: $18
Sun : $22
Fri : $20
Sat : $22

Tickets are half price on Half Price Night.
Ladies admitted FREE on Ladies Night.
Children 4 and under and Active Military admitted FREE daily.

The Prince William County Fair dates back to 1949 and today is Virginia’s largest County Fair. The annual event in Manassas, Virginia includes livestock exhibits, a variety of midway shows, truck and tractor pulls, Monster Trucks, Lawnmower Racing, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, pet shows, live music, storytelling, games and carnival rides.

Please visit the Fairgrounds at 10624 Dumfries Rd. Manassas, VA 20112 to buy tickets!

One Admission Adult Ticket $10
One Admission Child/Senior Ticket $6

For a full schedule of events, see the official website.

The County Fair receives NO FUNDS from federal, state, or local governments. The Fair is privately owned by the Prince William Veterans Farm Club. Mark your calendars for the 67th annual event August 12-20, 2016, and join the FUN4U. Be sure to Like the Fair Facebook page for updates (Click Here) and share it with your friends!

The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. Games and carnival rides are provided by America’s #1 Carnival Company, Deggeller Attractions Inc. Prince William County 4-H Clubs participate in numerous activities and demonstrations. Upwards of 90,000 to 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles this year.

The Fair began in 1949 by a group of young World War II veterans who wanted to promote the agricultural industry in the county. The Fair history book, “Farms Forever – Forever Farms” is available at the Fair office (703-368-0173).

Read the Mission Statement of the Prince William Veterans Farm Club! (Click here)

Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA 20112
The fairgrounds are located near I-66, off of Virginia Route 234.

Phone: 703-368-0173
fax: 703-368-5534

Gary Hall has some great Prince William County Fair photos here:

Images by John Caplis:

Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival (The Flying Circus), Bealeton, VA

Wanna go for a Hot Air Balloon Ride? August 15-16, 2015
Airshows on both Saturday and Sunday !
Hot Air Balloon Launches Both Days
Early Morning 7-9 a.m. & Late Afternoon/Evenings 6-8 p.m
Note:Hot Air Balloons cannot fly in windy conditions, so most balloon activities will take place during the early mornings and late in the afternoon/evenings when the air is the calm.
Then come to the
Flying Circus Annual
Hot Air Balloon Festival
*** NOTE ***
Balloon rides are not brokered by the Flying Circus.
Prices must be negotiated between the Balloon Pilot and the rider(s).
Rides are subject to availability, and existing weather conditions.

Hot Air Balloon Rides are available during the Balloon Festival weekend”

NOTE: Group rates for admission are not available during the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival Weekend

Abandon Presidential Heads Light Painting Workshop

Have you ever wondered how Light Painting is done or even if you could do it yourself? Well here is your chance with a workshop. This workshop will be a 1 night event at Presidential Heads, near Williamsburg Virginia. The Statues are a sight that would make just about anyone stop in their tracks. 43 ghostly effigies of presidents past crowd together in the tall grass.

All participants should bring a camera that allows you to have some control over long exposure settings, particularly a long shutter speed, this means you will need a camera that has the ability to shoot in either full manual mode or shutter priority mode. You will also need a tripod as you’ll be shooting with long exposure shutter speed. Not essential but you should bring a shutter cable or wireless remote but shutter priority mode will work just fine. All participants will need to sign a waiver of liability agreement for this workshop. Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before this event start date, no refunds after SAT JULY 13th. If workshop is canceled due to weather, alternate date will be scheduled.

Ticket Price – $100, Early Bird Price ($75) has sold out.
Registration –

Light Painting Brushes Starter Kits and Light Painting Brushes Deluxe kits available –

Gordonsville Bull Riding Rodeo

The Gordonsville Bull Riding Rodeo will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 in Gordonsville, Virginia. This Gordonsville rodeo is held at Oakland Heights Farm. The events include Barrel Racing, Bull Riding and Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing

McKee-Beshers Sunflower Patch

• What we’ll do
When: Occurs the second Saturday of July from 5:30 AM to 7:30 AM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: Maryland McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, 16898 River Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837

Sunflower Field
16898 River Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837

McKee-Beshers WMA
Located on River Road in Western Montgomery County, McKee-Beshers WMA is a 2,000-acre tract in a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs). The WMA shares a common boundary with the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek State Park, a 1,200-acre public hunting area, on the east.
Click Here for Map What To See
McKee-Beshers WMA provides habitat for a great diversity of wildlife species including deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, over 200 species of songbirds, and numerous reptiles and amphibians. Biologists deliberately flood forests during the fall and winter in “Greentree Reservoirs.” These attract colorful wood ducks as well as other waterfowl which migrate through or spend the winter here.
What To Do
Hikers will find trails for miles and miles, meandering through the forests, fields and wetlands. The C&O Canal and trail actually border the area. From here, you can hike or bicycle east all the way to Washington, D.C. or west as far as Cumberland. Hunters enjoy the pursuit of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, woodcock, squirrels, waterfowl and many other species.
Area Regulations
* Use of McKee-Beshers WMA is permitted seven days a week throughout the year.
* Hunting is allowed in accordance with statewide open season dates, bag limits and shooting hours unless otherwise noted.
* McKee- Beshers WMA is a public hunting area. No permit is required.
* All State and Federal Hunting Laws and Regulations are applicable.
* Trapping is by permit only.
* Dove hunting in specifically designated fields is restricted to certain days and shooting hours.
* No motorized vehicles are allowed.
* Vehicle access is via marked parking areas located on River Road, Hunting Quarter Road and Sycamore Landing Road.

• What to bring

• Important to know