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Go, Gavin, Go

Gavin Jenkins, an 11-year- old Rappahannock County Elementary School fifth-grader, has a dream of becoming a professional automobile race driver, and this year he is on his way to accomplishing his dream. As a dirt track go-kart driver, Gavin won the Capital City Speedway Championship for his class at this, his home track in Ashland, and also was awarded the singular distinction of the 2009 Junior Driver of the Year. He scored more points than any other driver at Capital City Speedway in all of the 21 classes made up from more than 200 drivers.

Not only did he do well at his home track, Gavin competed in the Virginia Dirt Track Association series and finished the season second in the state of Virginia in his class.

Gavin started his amateur driving career at the age of seven, as a dirt track go-kart driver at Capital City Speedway. By the end of the first year, he was sixth in his class at the Ashland track, and finished 10th in Virginia state-wide competition.

After his wildly successful 2009 season, he is refocusing his attention toward the new 2010 racing season and moving up into super mini-cup competition. Super mini-cup cars are half-scale NASCAR cars powered by a 390cc Honda engines that run on asphalt short tracks.

Gavin has joined the Shenandoah Valley Scale Racing League that races at Page County’s Shenandoah Speedway and Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas. His first mini-cup race will be this Saturday at Old Dominion. He plans to continue with go-kart races as time permits.

Gavin races as part of the GP (Gavin and Papa) Racing Team, along with my assistance as his crew chief and sponsor – and grandfather. Gavin is the son of Mark and Holly Jenkins and the grandson of Pete and Sandra Jenkins of Flint Hill, and Kathryn and David Gangel, of Washington. In March Gavin will be entering into his fifth year as an amateur driver in the No. 52 car, chasing his dream of becoming a professional race car driver.
— David M. Gangel

Farm tour plans

Photo of Sarah Cooper at Mountain Laurel Montessori Farm School by Molly Peterson.

Following the success of its inaugural farm tour in last year, Rappahannock County’s agricultural community has begun planning for the 2010 Farm Tour (Sept. 25-26) at farms and related venues around the county.

“We are looking forward to another great farm tour this year,” said Cliff Miller of Mount Vernon Farm, who will again serve as honorary chair for the tour. Letters announcing the tour, along with applications for participation (due May 15) have been mailed to county farms, orchards, wineries and horticultural nurseries. And all interested parties are invited to a planning meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 at the Link in Sperryville. Questions: info@visitrappahannockva.com.

Help fill the pantry

Join your Rappahannock neighbors and Washington D.C. food and wine experts in supporting the Rappahannock Food Pantry Saturday, April 24 by attending one or both of two special events celebrating the best of Rappahannock and Virginia food and wine.

From 3 to 5 p.m., R.H. Ballard’s store will host a unique reading and book signing of R.W. “Johnny” Apple’s new food book “Far Flung and Well Fed” accompanied by wines from Chester Gap Cellars and cheeses from Stoneyman Gourmet and Cow Girl Creamery.

And, at 6:30, John and Beverly Sullivan join with Melissa Harris of Flavor magazine to host a party at The Meadows in Washington featuring a sampling of the best Virginia wines chosen by D.C.’s top sommeliers. In addition, guests will “graze” on roasted lamb, pig, and other foods from Rappahannock County. Special wines from the cellar of “Johnny” Apple and The Inn at Little Washington will be auctioned off as well. Tickets at $75 are available at flavormags.com.

A Food Pantry truck will be on the scene at both locations for folks who want to contribute food – so bring some, and bring your friends and neighbors, too.

(Between both events April 24, there’s also a RAAC-produced comedy on Gay Street.)

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