Highland County EMS Fun Day Is Saturday, October 9th

Monterey, VA – This year’s Highland County Volunteer Rescue Squad Fun Day on Saturday October 9 at Hannah Field in Monterey promises to have events to interest one and all. The very popular small plane rides over the county are scheduled to start at 9:30 barring fog or other unfavorable weather conditions. This year folks were asked to pre-register for these flights and all flights have been taken.

There’s a waiting list for those who didn’t get pre-registered. Peter Eades and Caleb Glick will be at the controls of their planes to take people up for short rides to see Highland County’s fall scenery. Rescue squad president Beth Armstrong describes some of the other activities planned for Saturday.

“Our local rescue squads will there throughout the day” she says. “Our car show will be starting at 9:30am, and we will be taking entries until around 11:30. Judging will be at noon, and trophies will be awarded for that.”

She says the Virginia Army National Guard will also be on site with a climbing wall for all ages. She goes on to talk about another new event for this year’s Fun Day.

“The other new thing that we will have during the day is a Cornhole contest” says Armstrong. “I understand with the younger people in the community that it’s the latest rage. It will be starting at 10:30 with cash prizes first, second and third place. Pre-registration is recommended because we have a limit of twenty teams.”

The Corn Hole Game is something like horseshoes, where team members try to pitch small bags of corn through a hole in a board placed just over 30 feet away. Points are scored for bags that land close to the hole as well. Armstrong says the air ambulance service PHI Air Medical, will also be on hand for the festival.

At noon, the Highland Volunteer Fire Department will demonstrate how they can extract a person from a damaged vehicle. The Rescue Squad is also holding a raffle this year. Armstrong says they will raffle off one quarter of a Highland County raised beef, a locally made quilt, a locally afghan and a 19″ flat screen television.

Rescue squad president Beth Armstrong closes with a message for county residents and visitors to the Hands and Harvest Festival.

“This is our only fundraiser of the year for the rescue squad” she says “but it’s also our opportunity to give back to the community, because without the community support, there’s no way we could do what we do.”

There will be hourly drawings for door prizes, a 50-50 drawing and free hot dogs, chips and drinks.

The Rescue Squad is also looking to sign up drivers and members during Fun Day. For more information about the Rescue Squad or Fun Day, call Beth Armstrong at 540-499-2062 or Roberta Lambert at 540-468-2347.

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Heather Niday

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