Chester Gap column for Aug. 2

CGFR to host various events

The Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department would like to invite everyone out to their upcoming events. On Aug. 11, they will be holding a Back to School Bingo for the children with prizes for all winners. The bingo will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and refreshments will be available. This has been a slowly growing hit but does have a real following, especially with the younger children. The prizes are gift-wrapped and seem to be a real treat for them.  

The next date to remember is Aug. 18 for the next Community Yard Sale, which has really taken off and has seen a lot of participation from local sellers as well as those looking for deals. If you’re seeking a special item or just looking, make sure to stop by and check out the deals. The last one was rained out, so look for a possible extra abundance of offerings for your perusing pleasure! The next date for a Community Yard Sale, and the last of the year, is Sept. 15. If you have any items that you’d like to bring out and offer up you can contact Angie Norman at 540-632-3072 and she will gladly set you up with a table.

One of the main events for the department this year will of course be their World Famous Apple Butter, which will be stirred with great care and jarred on Nov. 3. The department is actively seeking and accepting any and all donations of and for the supplies needed to make this annual and much-beloved community event happen. They are in need of canning jars in both pint and quart sizes, lids and rings for the jars, sugar and related spices. If you can help out with any of these items or would rather make a monetary donation instead, contact Angie Norman at 540-632-3072 or Tabetha Swain at 540-660-9772. Pickup of your donated items is also possible!

Congratulations local 4-H winners

Special congratulations to three local kids who placed very well with their animals in the recent Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock livestock show. Cheyenne McCracken received Grand Champion in Market Boer Cross goats and first place in the Breeding Doe class for goats, as well as first place for Showmanship as a Novice. Christian McCracken received first- and second-place awards for his presentation of his farm-raised poultry as well as second place for Showmanship in Poultry, plus the Herdsmanship Award for all of the help and support he provided to the show’s goat portion. William Ubben received fifth place for Showmanship as a Novice in Swine and then took two seventh-place awards for Market Class Hogs as well. The kids have put a lot of very hard work into raising their animals and for some there was definitely some heartbreak over having to say goodbye. They did a great job and should be very proud of their accomplishments.