Catch Hay Fever During At Bath County Harvest Moon Festival And Century Metric Ride

Warm Springs, VA – Catch hay fever in Bath County on Saturday September 24 at the Harvest Moon Festival -Century Metric Ride. It’s a double event with harvest theme activities along with two bike rides. One is a century ride, which is a hundred miles and the other is a metric ride, which is about 66 miles. Bath County Tourism Director, Maggie Anderson talks about the event.

“I have to give a nod to Steve Curtain, Cliff Gilchrest, Amy Mellon and Ryan Hodges for creating a phenomenal ride that takes everyone who is participating in the ride throughout every village in the County of Bath,” says Anderson. “This has really been a community that’s come together. I want to thank Mary Hodges, Pam Stidham, Mark Nelson, Melinda Nichols, the folks at Garth Newel, Michael Wilkerson and Lee Elliott, for helping us create this event and to give us a little bit of, I want to call it almost, the flavor of Bath County.”

Special events get started on Friday evening when The Gristmill in Warm Springs hosts a performance by jazz and blues guitarist Bert Carlson.

In addition to the century and metric rides, there’s a full day of activities on Saturday. Hidden Valley Bed and Breakfast will host farm tours, a petting zoo and demonstrations on making apple butter and apple cider. Warm Springs Inn will hold a harvest tea. Both of those events are from 2 to 4.

The Harvest Moon Festival will also feature an expanded version of the Bath County Farmer’s Market, with entertainment and food, from 9 until 4. And there will be activities for children at Valley Elementary School. There will be a hay maze, hay bale decorating and a bike rodeo, where kids can learn about bike safety.

And the Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association will be holding its annual tractor ride fundraiser. It’s a five hour ride and the cost is $15.00. You can either ride on a hay wagon or drive your tractor. That gets underway at 9am in the Millboro area at Woodland Union Church. Music wraps everything up on Saturday evening.

“Garth Newel is hosting a very, very special program for us,” says Anderson. “They’re welcoming the John Jorgenson Quintet. Now John Jorgenson is the US Ambassador for this unique musical styling called Gypsy Jazz that was made famous by a man named Django Reinhardt at the turn of the century.”
“Jorgenson himself was responsible for the creation of the Desert Rose Band. He’s played with Elton John, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seeger. This is an evening to remember and it’s going to be a great way to end our Harvest Festival.”

You can contact Garth Newel Music Center for information on the concert, and an optional meal. The Harvest Moon Festival Century Metric Ride is Saturday September 24th. For more information contact Maggie Anderson at 839-7202.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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