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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.

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
1

Top 10 Things To Get Your House Ready for The Spring Market

List Home in Augusta County

Spring is just around the corner, and if you're thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to start getting ready. The real estate market heats up every spring, and with interest at historic lows, there couldn't be a better time to take advantage of the seller's market. 

Preparing to list your home can be a lengthy process, especially if it's your first time. From cleaning to staging, you may not know where to even start. If you want to make sure your home stands out among these beautiful Virginia homes for sale, be sure to follow these tips below:

  1. Find A Good Real Estate Agent
    The first and arguably most important step to listing your home is to find a reputable real estate agent. Referrals from trusted sources are usually the best ways to find a good agent. Working with a trusted real estate agent is the key to a smooth and successful transaction.

  2. Scope Out The Market
    Make sure to do some research about other Augusta County homes for sale, so you can get a sense of what other properties are selling for in your area. Look at homes that are similar in size to your own, as this can help you at least establish a starting point for a sale price.

update lighting

  1. Invest In Lighting
    Lighting is one of the most important aspects of the staging process. If you have rooms in your house that don't receive adequate sunlight, it's time to invest in additional lamps and lighting fixtures. Remember, bright rooms often appear larger and more welcoming. A real estate agent can help you optimize the lighting placements in each room.

  2. Declutter Your Home
    If you're planning to move soon, do yourself a favor and start the decluttering process early. Empty the attic and basement and get rid of any junk you no longer need. Decluttering will not only help streamline the staging process, but it will also make your move a lot easier.

  3. Make Repairs
    If you've been procrastinating on repairing that leaky faucet, running toilet, or squeaky door, now is the time to address it. Go through your home and make sure to repair anything that isn't functioning as it's supposed to. Even if it doesn't seem like a big deal, you can bet that potential buyers will notice.

  4. Depersonalize Your Home
    As much as you may enjoy looking at your family photos and favorite art, any personalized items can certainly be off-putting to prospective buyers. Seeing personalization in a home can make it difficult for buyers to envision themselves living in the home.

Fresh Coat of Paint

  1. Paint
    It's always a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to your home's interior before listing it for sale. This can help give your home a fresh, clean look and also help your rooms appear brighter. Just be sure to stick to neutral colors, as anything bright or creative may turn off potential buyers. 

deep cleaning tips

  1. Deep Clean
    Once you're almost ready to list your home, it's time to clean like you've never cleaned before. Every corner, nook, and cranny will need your attention. It's also a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned. You don't want potential buyers noticing any dust or odors, so it's best to make sure the home is pristine. 

  2. Create a Relocation Plan For Your Pets
    Your furry friends might be cute, but not every buyer will think so. It's wise to come up with a relocation plan for your pets so they're not in the way when you're showing your home. Also, be sure to hide any bowls, litter boxes, or toys and eliminate any odors caused by your pets.

  3. Consider a Professional Photographer
    High-quality photos are one of the best ways to attract buyers to your listing, so you might want to consider hiring a professional photographer. Good photos are a great way to help your listing stand out from the competition. Check out some of the listing photos for these Staunton homes for sale. If you're having trouble finding a good photographer, ask your real estate agent for recommendations.

Selling your home doesn't have to be an intimidating process. Working with a good real estate agent is the best way to ensure a smooth transaction. If you're planning to list your home this spring, contact us today.

September
20

2018 Hardy County Heritage Weekend Begins September 28

Hardy County Heritgage Weekend
Every year around the close of summer, the people of Hardy County come together to celebrate Heritage Weekend, one of the biggest local events of the year. Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a celebration of everything that makes local communities such special places to call home. During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the opportunity to learn about local history, shop for products from local businesses and artisans, catch a classic movie, watch live shows, enjoy live music, and even participate in an "all schools" reunion for former students of local schools. Our real estate agents are excited to tell you all about the events at Hardy County Heritage Weekend this year.

Hardy Heritage Weekend: A Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of the Region

The Event: Hardy County Heritage Weekend
Dates: September 28-30, 2018

Local Shopping from Craft Vendors and the Community Yard Sale

Interested in shopping from local vendors and residents? During Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to shop the community yard sale at the HL Wilson Yard Sale Site, with tons of unique items being sold by residents. After you're done at the yard sale, stop by the Moorefield High School gym to shop for crafts from local artisans, and enjoy live crafting demonstrations. There will also be an antique auction on Saturday at 5 pm, where you'll have the chance to bid on truly unique treasures.

History Comes to Life in Hardy County

History is a huge part of the Hardy County Heritage Weekend, and there are great opportunities to learn about local history throughout the events. Participate in a historical walking tour that doubles as a chance to scout Hardy County homes, or take in a live demonstration from the Federal Generals Corps living Civil War history group. The weekend features tours of historic homes and buildings, lectures on local history, and even an antique farm equipment exhibit to explore.

Live Demonstrations from Local Experts

Throughout Heritage Weekend, you'll have the chance to take in live demonstrations from experts on an eclectic array of topics relevant to the past and future of Hardy County. There will be talks on the history of local towns and buildings, a look at the history of local churches, seminars on music in local schools, a muzzleloading demonstration, and walking tours of Hardy County communities.

Live Music and Entertainment

Look for live performances throughout the weekend, including many performances with free admission. You can check out the Blue Hill Bluegrass Band and the Fly Birds in separate shows on Saturday, or head to Mattias Community Center for crafts, food, and music throughout the final day of Heritage Weekend on Sunday.

Children's Activities During Heritage Weekend

Kids will love spending time at Hardy County Heritage Weekend too, thanks to many activities geared toward younger residents. The Amazing Animals photo and history exhibit is always a hit, with photos and memorabilia from a wide range of animals. Movie Night on Friday features the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and there will be a pancake breakfast to kick off the day's events on Saturday morning. The Heritage Weekend Pie Contest is always a hit with kids (and adults!), and the WV History Alive show is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about local history in a fun, engaging setting.

Your Hardy County Real Estate Professionals

Hardy County Heritage Weekend is a fantastic event, but it takes more than one weekend to experience everything makes the region so special truly. So why not stick around? Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to buy and sell homes throughout the Hardy County, WV area.

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July
10

Lost River: Living in West Virginia's Outdoor Beauty

Lost River WV Real Estate
Taking a Long Look at Lost River in Hardy County 

If you're interested in buying one of our homes in Hardy County, you probably already know that this is a perfect place for anyone who loves to spend time in the outdoors. Famous for its beautiful mountain scenery, Hardy County offers endless opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and just about any other way you can imagine getting in touch with the outside world. If you're the outdoorsy type, our REALTORS® have a few ideas on how you can live life to the fullest in Hardy County's Lost River area.

Trout Pond Recreation Area

Located within the vast George Washington National Forest, Trout Pond Recreation Area is home to two gorgeous lakes. One of these, known as Trout Pond, is the only natural lake in West Virginia and supports a thriving population of native Brook Trout. The recreation area offers great fishing, a sandy lakeside beach, a children's playground and access to several easy walking trails around the lakes. More adventurous hikers can also access longer trails, like the 8.5-mile Long Mountain Trail, which offer more challenging terrain and sweeping mountain views. Camping is also available for tents and RVs at Trout Pond Recreation Area.

Lost River State Park

Spanning 3,712 secluded, densely wooded acres, Lost River State Park is a perfect place for a quiet mountain getaway. More than a dozen hiking trails traverse the rolling landscape, ranging from easy strolls through shady forest to strenuous treks into the mountains. Cabins are available for overnight visitors, and several of the trails are also open to horseback riding and mountain biking. The most famous landmark at Lost River State Park is Cranny Crow overlook, which offers an incredible view that spans five counties from the top of Big Ridge Mountain.

South Branch Potomac River

The South Branch of the Potomac River cuts a meandering path across Hardy County, flowing through lush valleys and serene forests to create an ideal route for canoes, kayaks, and rafts. The river offers some mild to moderate whitewater, most of it easily suitable for novice paddlers, and also includes long sections of smooth, calm water. Access points at Cunningham Road, Fisher Bridge, and Old Fields Bridge, among others, offer plenty of options to start or end a float trip. The river also offers excellent trout fishing.

Lost River Real Estate Professionals

Contact us today to learn more about enjoying West Virginia life in Hardy County. Our team of experienced REALTORS® is here to help you find the perfect Lost River home for sale and make it your own.

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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.

Contact Old Dominion Realty

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