Culpeper AirFest

Visitors to the 2012 Culpeper AirFest at the county's Regional Airport watch vintage military planes fly in formation. This year’s AirFest, the 20th annual, will be held Saturday. 2019 also marks the airport's 50th anniversary.

20th Annual Culpeper AirFest

The 20th Annual Culpeper AirFest will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 12 at Culpeper Regional Airport, 12517 Beverly Ford Rd. in Brandy Station.

Organized and funded by the nonprofit AirFest Foundation, the high-flying event will feature the world’s only civilian-owned and operated Harrier, which can take off and land vertically yet fly at near supersonic speeds. There will also be aerobatic aircraft and vintage warbirds with a goal of honoring the contributions of historic military aircraft that helped secure the nation’s freedom.

Other aviation participants will include the Model Aircrafters, Scott Francis Airshows, Nalls Aviation, The Flying Circus Airshow featuring wing walking and formation Stearman acts, Manfred Radius, Chefpitts Airshows in his Chef Special, Kevin Russo Airshows and more. Girls in Aviation Day will once again take place on site and there will be plenty of food vendors.

Free parking will be available at Culpeper County High School and Eastern View High School with complimentary bus shuttle to the airport starting at 8:30 a.m. Earplugs, cameras, folding chairs, sunscreen and cash are recommended; please, no coolers or tents. The event is not recommended for pets due to noise.

The airport will be closed to transient fly-in air traffic from 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 until 6 p.m. on Saturday. This year, a rain date for Culpeper Air Fest is being implemented. If weather becomes an issue, the rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 13. Airshow performers have high, low and flat routines to coincide with the weather. For information, see culpeperairfest.com

Fairview Cemetery Annual Fall Clean-Up

Town employees are conducting fall clean-up in Fairview Cemetery in preparation for the upcoming holidays and winter season. Workers are filling graves, seeding, fertilizing, and trimming trees and bushes as necessary. Clearing graves of all non-permanent items is also occurring.

Town administration requests plot owners or family members remove all non-permanent decorations they want to keep before Monday, Oct. 14. There are many memorial wreaths and other floral decorations that have weathered over the summer that need to removed, according to a town news release. Also, items not permitted by town policy should be cleared.

Town policy allows two, securely-anchored floral arrangements per grave at a time. They should be in a non-breakable vase or container. Floral displays attached to stones are encouraged and permitted year-round. Withered, faded and unsightly flowers will be removed. No floral arrangements are allowed in the mowing aisles.

Prohibited in the cemetery are glass containers, garden, commercial or advertising flags, fencing and borders, wood chips, decorative rocks and all other items not in the policy statement. Cemetery lot owners wishing to install permanent items such as stones, flags, benches, statues or plantings must first apply for and obtain permission from the town.

Town code prohibits anyone without authority from removing or injuring any monument or decoration in the cemetery. For information, contact town hall at 540/829-8250.

2nd Annual Final Salute Ceremony

Nine unaccompanied veterans laid to rest in Culpeper National Cemetery in the past year will be honored at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 as part of the 2nd Annual Final Salute Ceremony.

Unaccompanied veterans are those who were interred without formal recognition, military honors, or family and friends present. The ceremony will take place in the old section of Culpeper National Cemetery, 305 U.S. Avenue in the town of Culpeper.

“The importance of our Final Salute Ceremony is to promise that no Veteran dies. We cannot change the inevitable of breath leaving our body for the last time; however we can ensure the legacy of our Veterans live forever,” stated Cemetery Director Matthew Priest. “That is our mission at the National Cemetery Administration and our purpose for this Ceremony.”

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to give the unaccompanied veterans the dignity, respect and honors they earned and deserve, but until now were denied, according to a news release. State Senator Bryce Reeves, an Army veteran and Airborne Ranger, will be the keynote speaker.

Final Salute partners include Wreaths Across America Culpeper National Cemetery, American Red Cross, Heroes Bridge, Culpeper VFW 2524, American Legion Post 330, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper Police Department and the Patriot Guard.

Culpeper National Cemetery was established in 1867 and was dedicated as the final resting place for Civil War casualties who fell in battle or died of disease in the surrounding area.Jerry Ginsberg is October Artist-in-Residence at Shenandoah NP

Shenandoah National Park recently announced Jerry Ginsberg as the October Artist-in-Residence. He strives to capture the very best of nature’s beauty through photography and has photographed all 61 of the National Parks with his medium format camera, according to a news release. His photographs have been published in hundreds of magazines, books and travel catalogs.

Ginsberg’s residency will run through October 25. Park visitors are invited to join him for a presentation at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Byrd Visitor Center Auditorium and for a one-hour photography walk on the Limberlost Trail at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Shenandoah National Park is a jewel among National Park Service sites and offers a distinctive array of natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities for visitors. The Artist-in-Residence program is established in numerous National Park Service sites to inspire artists to create and share art that not only motivates and encourages millions of people to visit and explore, but also helps build awareness and develop stewardship of these beautiful public lands.

“We are pleased to select a photographer for our Artist-in Residence Program. We look forward to the images he will capture of the autumn beauty in Shenandoah National Park,” stated Superintendent Jennifer Flynn.

Shenandoah’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by a generous donation from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

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