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July
11

Tri-County Fair Preview: Get Ready for Summer Fun

Hardy County Fair

Few annual events in eastern West Virginia are more hotly anticipated than the Tri-County Fair. As always, our real estate agents are excited to welcome the fair back to Petersburg, WV!

Just like in years past, there will be a lot to take in. The 2022 fair will include live music and entertainment, various animal shows and exhibitions, a parade, demolition derby, and a midway packed with rides, games, and carnival attractions. And it's all happening minutes away from these Hardy County homes for sale

A Little History... 

The Tri-County Fair is a long-running tradition here in West Virginia. The fair made its debut in 1920, which means that it's been going strong for over 100 years now. Of course, the Tri-County Fair has changed a lot since its early days, but the spirit of celebration remains the same. 

Mostly, the fair has just gotten bigger! Back in 1920, it was simply a 4-H/open class exhibit at the old Petersburg Courthouse. Over the years, the Tri-County Fair has continued to expand, growing to incorporate exhibits of agriculture, livestock, floriculture, art, and home economics. 

It's put together every year as a collaboration between Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton Counties, and folks come from all around to enjoy the festivities. 

Tri-County Fair 2022

We know we could say this every year, but there are a lot of reasons to get excited about the Tri-County Fair in 2022! This year's fair takes place from July 29 through August 6, which means we have nine full days of fun to get ready for. Some of the events we're most looking forward to include: 

Tri-County Fair

  • Midway Rides - Starting Monday, August 1, midway rides at the Tri-County Fair will be open daily at 6 pm. Every year's assortment of rides is a little different, but you can count on a wide range of carnival favorites, including a tilt-a-whirl, merry-go-round, and Ferris wheel. 

  • Exhibits - Exhibits will be shown (and prizes given) throughout the fair in categories including produce, flowers, baked goods, canning, art, and photography. All residents of Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton counties are welcome to enter and compete in the exhibits (learn more here). 

  • Live Entertainment - You can expect some great performances at this year's Tri-County Fair, including live music from The Hoppers ("America's favorite Gospel music family") and family-friendly entertainment from Dewayne Hill ("Americas Funniest comedy Magician"). Capping it all off will be a performance from country star Josh Turner at the fairgrounds' bandstand on the evening of August 2.

Parade

  • Parade - Always a favorite event at the Tri-County Fair, this year's parade gets moving at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 3. 

Agriculture

  • Livestock Exhibitions - There will be livestock exhibitions, shows, and showmanship competitions throughout the fair, including an FFA horse show, breeder cattle show, pig scramble, and "Sheep & Goat Skill-a-Thon." Check out the full schedule to learn more about the various events featuring beef, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and other critters. 

Demolition Derby

  • Demolition Derby - As the grand finale of the Tri-County Fair, the whole event will be capped off with Demolition Derby at 7 pm on Saturday, August 6. Expect plenty of thrills and surprises, and stick around to see who ends up being the last man standing!

Mark your calendars for the fair today! A $20 season ticket will get you into the fair every day and entry into every event except for the Josh Turner concert and the Demolition Derby. No gate admission will be charged on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31.

Find Your Way to the Fair

The fair takes place at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, located at 107 Rig Street in Petersburg, WV. The fairgrounds are nestled at the east end of the village, right around the corner from Petersburg Elementary School and Viking Memorial Stadium. 

It's a perfect location for the Tri-County Fair because it's not only within walking distance of many Grant County homes for sale but also just minutes away from Hardy and Pendleton Counties as well. Get to know more about local homes for sale and meet our real estate agents when you visit this year's fair. Our agents will have a booth you can stop at while you're there! 

The Tri-County Fair is also just a little over two hours from Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, VA.

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in West Virginia! It's an amazing place to call home, and if you're looking for a place to call your own in Grant County and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.

January
10

Winter Adventures in Grant County: Must-Have Hiking Gear

Winter Adventures Grant County

Access to beautiful scenery and numerous outdoor activities attracts many people to Grant County homes for sale. The fun continues all year long, as our real estate agents share a list of must-have gear along with helpful tips for cold-weather hiking.

Hiking Clothes

CLOTHING

  • Layering is often used as a fashion statement, but for winter hiking, it's an essential strategy to keep you warm and dry. This also allows you to adjust your clothing to fit your level of exertion, such as moving from uphill to downhill.
  • Cotton traps moisture, which makes it a poor choice for a base layer of clothing. Choose synthetics or Merino wool, which will hold a thin layer of heat while wicking away moisture.
  • Most of the insulation comes from the mid-layer. Down or synthetic puffy jackets are light but substantial enough to provide plenty of warmth.
  • Finally, think of the outer layer as a "shell," designed to keep wind and rain out. Waterproof material is required, and you should go larger than your usual size to accommodate the layers beneath.
  • When it comes to the bottom half, a mid-layer is optional. With your legs doing the majority of the work, they tend to stay warmer. Many hikers also find the extra layer to be too bulky, preventing comfortable movement.
  • When it comes to hiking, wet feet are more than just an inconvenience. They're an actual danger to your health. But resist the temptation to go with super-thick socks that can cause poor circulation. Better to bring an extra pair in case the first ones get wet.
  • Of course, waterproof footwear is a must. You might be able to get away with Scotchgarding your summer hiking shoes, but if you plan to do any regular hiking, a good pair of winter boots is well worth the investment. Expecting deep snow? Consider adding a pair of gaiters.

Hiking Hat

ACCESSORIES

  • OK, it turns out Mom wasn't quite accurate when she said we lose most of our body heat through the head. But it's still important to keep your head and ears warm. Whether you use a beanie, earmuffs, or headband is a matter of personal preference.
  • Gaiters, buffs, and scarves will keep wind and cold from creeping down inside your collar.
  • Don't make the mistake of thinking that sunlight isn't a factor during cold weather. Despite the temperatures, it's surprisingly easy to end up with a serious sunburn. Apply liberal amounts of sunscreen, lotion, and lip balm, and frequently reapply during your hike. Protect your eyes with polarized sunglasses that will cut down on glare.
  • Gloves vs. mittens has long been the subject of debate among experienced winter hikers. Fortunately, you don't really have to choose. Opt for a hybrid solution that combines glove liners with mitten shells.

Hikers in WV

EQUIPMENT

  • Cold-weather hiking adds another purpose to the already essential backpack. Make sure it has sufficient room to store the layers of clothing you'll be adding and subtracting throughout the hike.
  • Counteract the dry winter air with lots of water. You may also want to pack an insulated container of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
  • Microspikes are like chains on your car tires, providing a greater level of traction on icy surfaces. They're small enough to carry with you at all times, just in case.
  • Focus on protein bars and other portable types of food that you can eat without having to stop.
  • A first-aid kit should be a part of any outdoor activity. Other emergency gear includes a map, compass, GPS device, knife, and firestarter.

Hiking Petersburg

COLD-WEATHER HIKING TIPS

  • Whenever possible, hike with a companion. If you do go out by yourself, share your plans, including your intended route, with a friend or family member.
  • Daylight hours are short in the winter. Start early to avoid getting stuck on the trail at dark.
  • Check weather reports and trail conditions right up to the time of departure. Continue to monitor the weather during your hike.
  • Don't let pride jeopardize your safety. If the weather turns bad or you don't feel physically able to complete the hike, head for home and save it for another day. 
  • Weather and location can interfere with the operation of tech devices. Bring extra batteries, keep devices warm, and have a contingency plan if there is no cell phone reception.
  • Stay hydrated by taking regular sips of water. Don't wait until you're thirsty.
  • Pay attention to your level of warmth and adjust your layers accordingly. You don't want to be so warm that you start sweating, which will cause chills when the moisture starts to dry or get so cold that it's impossible to warm up.
  • Know the symptoms of hypothermia: shivering, drowsiness, slurred speech, and lack of coordination. 

Life in Grant County in never short on opportunities for adventure. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to learn more.

March
15

7 Best Irish Drinks to Celebrate St. Patty's Day

St Patty's Day Drinks

You've heard that everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. While we don't know if this is really true, we do know that Americans have been celebrating the Irish saint since 1737 in Colonial Boston. The pub crawls of yesterday have given way to smaller gatherings at home. Mix up one of these cocktails to celebrate this year! 

  1. Top o'the morning!  

Jessica in the Kitchen offers a non-alcoholic option for the entire family with her Best Green Smoothie. For a fun and healthy beginning of the day, simply toss these ingredients into the blender, give it a whirl, and drink. For each serving, you will need: 

1 cup fresh pineapple chopped or cubed 

2 cups fresh spinach washed and stems removed 

2 small frozen bananas whole 

1/2 cup orange juice 

  1. Lovely cuppa tea 

From a simple afternoon gathering to a formal high tea, the Irish seldom let the opportunity pass to enjoy a cup. You can serve traditional teas of all different flavors for a non-alcoholic option, or let the grownups sample a more sophisticated version with the Irish Tea Party from The Spruce Eats.

Whirl the absinthe around the glass to coat it, pouring out the excess. Add the whisky and add tea to taste. The tea should already be chilled and sweetened, so it doesn't immediately melt added ice. Chilling the glass will help the drink stay cold longer. 

1/4 ounce absinthe  

1-ounce Irish whiskey 

4 ounces green tea 

  1. Leprechaun's treasure 

If, after your traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, you're ready for an adult beverage, you have plenty of choices, and with this amazing Irish Gold Whiskey Cocktail, you don't need to dig for gold at the end of a rainbow.

This quick libation doesn't require a shaker or any other bar tools. Just pour ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a wheel of lime. You don't have to find the end of a rainbow to enjoy this sparkling treat. This can be made by the pitcher to serve to a group without additional fuss.  

2 ounces Irish whiskey 

1/2-ounce peach schnapps 

Splash orange juice 

4 ounces ginger ale   

  1. Delicious old standby 

Would it even be St. Patrick's Day without Irish Coffee? Start with a rich, dark brew and stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves. Add whiskey and top with lightly whipped cream. Cuddle up by the fire and sip through the cream for a cozy night in. For a non-alcoholic version, ditch the whiskey and add ¼ teaspoon of rum extract. Dust the top of the cream with a touch of cocoa for a finished appearance.

1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar  

4 ounces coffee  

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey 

1-ounce heavy cream  

  1. Spotlight on the green 

When you want something that screams green, tastes wonderful, and isn't beer, you can't go wrong with this crisp, flavorful drink, the Green Dublin Apple Cocktail. Simply fill a shaker will ice and add the ingredients. Shake for thirty seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of green apple for an attractive presentation. 

2 ounces Irish whiskey  

1-ounce sour apple schnapps 

2 ounces white cranberry juice 

Shamrocked Drink

  1. Irish elegance

Small, intimate gatherings can be elevated to a memorable level with a few simple touches. For a gorgeous offering, let the cocktail take center stage with Shamrocked from Town and Country Magazine

1.5 ounces Midori Liqueur

1-ounce Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

1/2 ounce Irish Crème

Pour ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and pour over ice into the glass. The creamy delight looks exquisite in a double old-fashioned glass. Swirl whipped cream on top and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. 

  1. Celebration of Life

When the room is rocking with Irish music, you can't go wrong with a drink that offers tribute both to the James Joyce novel and Irish singers everywhere. What could be more perfect for a party than this iconic cocktail, Finnegan's Wake, also courtesy of Town and Country?

1 oz Jameson 

1 oz Green Chartreuse 

1 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur 

1 oz lime 

3-5 mint leaves 

Sufficient absinthe to rinse the glass.  

After rinsing a coupe glass with absinthe and pouring off the excess, pour all the ingredients into a shaker of ice. Shake vigorously and pour, topping off with a few fresh mint leaves. 

Looking for a new home with a kitchen perfect for mixing up cocktails? If you'd like to tour any of the gorgeous Virginia homes for sale, Old Dominion Realty would like to help. Our real estate agents will gladly help you find that perfect house among the finest Rockingham County homes for sale. Contact us to make arrangements with one of our real estate professionals.

March
6

Wonderful, Wild West Virginia Celebrates Maple Days March 17

West Virginia Maple Days
West Virginia is wild and wonderful and it's also a great place to live, work, and raise a family. When you visit this beautiful state during March, you'll enjoy hills decked out in early spring greenery, wonderful homes, and unique cultural experiences. If you're thinking about relocating to West Virginia, it's the perfect time to tour Petersburg homes for sale. If you time your visit just right, you can be a part of Maple Days, a fun family event.

Our REALTORS® know you'll love Maple Days. West Virginia maple producers and enthusiasts host the event in locations across the state. You can eat maple treats and learn everything you ever wanted to know about maple syrup. Here's how you can be a part of this great West Virginia tradition.

Maple Days Happen on March 17

If you've ever been curious about the process of tapping a maple tree for sap, that's just one of the things you can learn during Maple Days. The West Virginia Maple Producers Association presents this family-friendly event over two weekends and multiple locations. If you missed the February 24th festivities, you can still have fun at venues across the state on March 17th.The annual event celebrates West Virginia's growing maple syrup industry.

Maple Days Locations

For a complete schedule with Maple Days events and locations visit the West Virginia events page at gotowv.com. You'll find a list of syrup producers, retailers, and special events.

If you need help locating Maple Days participants across the state, check out the interactive West Virginia Maple Days Map.

Tapping Demonstrations

Maple syrup is a completely natural product derived from maple trees. Tree sap flows in the springtime when the temperature rises. Producers use spigot-style devices to tap the trees and drain the natural sap into buckets. They use the sap to create syrup and other products.

You can see tapping demonstrations at Bowers Maple Farm in Grant County and other producer sites listed on gotowv.com.

West Virginia Pancake Breakfasts

Pancake Breakfasts

Maple syrup is the perfect pancake topper. On March 17th you can taste it first hand at three Maple Days Pancake Breakfasts. Check the West Virginia Department of Agriculture site for Pancake Breakfast locations.

Maple Syrup Products

Maple Days Products and Specials

During the March 17th celebration, retailers across the state will feature maple any way you like it. They'll sell maple syrup, of course, plus a variety of products. Local restaurants, shops and even the Barn With Inn located in Wellsburg will feature Maple Days specials.

2018 Maple Syrup Festival

On March 17 and 18th, 2018, you can enjoy food, fun and maple syrup at the 2018 Maple Syrup Festival. Crafters will sell their wares. Food vendors will market tasty treats. You'll also enjoy a full schedule of live entertainment on stage at the Pickens Opera House.

When you visit West Virginia you'll agree it's a great place to raise a family. Contact Old Dominion Realty if you're buying or selling a home in Petersburg or one of our nearby Grant County locations.

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November
6

West Virginia is the Perfect Home for Hunters

West Virginia Home
Hunting is a West Virginia tradition that stretches back centuries to the time before our state was settled, and continues proudly to this day. It's a bonding opportunity for families, a sporting opportunity for competitors, and a key driver of the state's economy, generating nearly $270 million in revenue for West Virginia. Finding the right hunting property is easier when you start your search in West Virginia, because this is one of the best places in the country for deer hunters to call home. Our REALTORS® have all the details on why West Virginia is the place to be for hunters.

An Honored Tradition: Why West Virginia Communities are Perfect for Hunters

No matter where you choose to shop in our West Virginia communities, you'll find a great selection of properties that have been laid out with hunters in mind. There are fantastic hunting communities throughout the area, and today we're going to take a closer look at three of our favorites.

Hunting and Homes in Grant County

One of the best things about owning a hunting property is that you get to decide how the land is managed, and homes for sale in Grant County feature more than enough space for all of your outdoor needs. The Cave Mountain Ranch is an awesome example of what makes Grant County so special, and will quickly become one of your favorite destinations if you choose to call the community home.

Cave Mountain Ranch offers a unique, authentic hunting experience, with free ranging deer spread across a beautiful, natural hunting area. Use one of the permanent stands or blinds established on the property, or bring your own. Either way, you're in for a memorable hunt, and stories to tell while you're relaxing around the fire. There's also plenty of hunting away from the ranch, along with great hunting homes in the community.

Hunting and Homes in Pendleton County

Founded in 1787, Pendleton County has long been a top destination for hunters, and anyone who enjoys the gorgeous natural scenery of West Virginia. So Pendleton County homes for sale put you in close proximity to all of the outdoor excitement that the community has to offer. Take the time to enjoy hunting Grand Mountain, or head to the Thorn Creek Wildlife Management Area to hunt deer and small game. When you call Pendleton County home, the great outdoors are never far from your front door.

Hunting and Homes in Hardy County

Huntining Home in West Virginia

Hardy County homes for sale put you close to some of the best hunting that West Virginia has to offer, thanks to the Hardy County Rod & Gun Club, and the beautiful, 430-acre South Branch Wildlife Management Area. There are so many hunters in the Hardy County area that this is also a great place to make new friends, trade tips with other locals, and enjoy a community that simply "gets" what you're all about.

West Virginia Home for Hunters
Whether you're looking for a hunting property on a large, open lot, or a site with superb natural views, Hardy County has what you're after. There is real estate available with easy access to Moorefield, and smaller lots that still provide plenty of awesome hunting opportunities. If you're searching for the ideal lot to build your own hunting home, Hardy County has you covered there, too. This is a community where hunting dreams come true.

WV Home for Hunters

When you're searching for the right hunting property of your own, our real estate teams are here to help. Contact our offices in Moorefield or Franklin to find the perfect place to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.

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