Year: 2018

3rd Annual Spring Forward w/ Free Bird Vanners

3rd Annual Spring Forward w/ Free Bird Vanners

Spring Forward with the Free Bird Vanners had Vanners come as far as Florida, Ohio, Pensylvania, Maryland and other surrounding areas.

Despite the weather, everyone enjoyed themselves just as Vanners do. We had kids games that were played in the snow, danced to the music of the band Happy Feet and also had a van show! Trophies were given for 1st and 2nd place Chevy, Dodge, Ford and Brand X (anything other than a van) and Best of Show.

Free Bird Vanners also presented Shenandoah Acres with their own special award to show their appreciation and gratitude for having us have our event there.

We have Vanners that are already excited and can’t wait to come back next year!

Photos and Article by Rickie Graves

Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

What a great weekend to celebrate here at the campground, not only was this our opening weekend but also Easter weekend.

To get the weekend started off, Friday night we had a community campfire for everyone to gather around, there were even s’mores for all the sweet tooth’s out there. Campfire’s are always a fun time here at the campground because you always get to meet a new friend and have a nice relaxing time.

Early Saturday morning, the Easter bunny made his way around the campground to hide a bunch of eggs for all the kids.

Once he hid all his eggs, he came up to the pavilion for pictures with everyone!

At 10am, the kids aged 5 & under were escorted to the Chapel Field where they lined up and got ready to find as many eggs as they could! When “GO” was hollered, the kids took off and tried to fill their baskets as fast as possible. Once all the eggs in the field were found, we all met back under the pavilion to open them up and see what was inside!

Around 10:30am, we gathered all the kids aged 6-12 and took them to the woods area where they would be finding all their eggs. Ms. Carolynn lined them up and gave them the low down about where to look before yelling “GO”. The kids took off in every direction to start finding their eggs. Some of the eggs were hidden in trees whereas others were hidden in stumps, making for a very exciting hunt.

Even the squirrels enjoyed themselves at our egg hunt by helping themselves to a few of the eggs!

Later Saturday night, the camp store revealed the winner of the Jelly Bean contest where campers guessed how many jelly beans were in a container. Jennifer Ramsey guessed that there were 247 beans in the container and there were actually 248 beans, making her our lucky winner. She won some little chicks and some jelly beans!

Sunday morning brought us our Easter Sunrise Service where campers were welcomed to gather around the lake and listen to an amazing message. Theresa Moore did an excellent job delivering her sermon titled “Back To The Future”. There was also a beautiful performance by The Dunlap Family with Ronda Clark singing. After the sermon, there were light refreshments served inside the Acres Eatery that were absolutely delicious!

With such an exciting opening weekend at The Acres, we can’t wait to see what the rest of the season will bring!

For more pictures of this event please visit our Facebook page @ Shenandoah Acres Family Campground.

5th Annual Campfire Gathering

5th Annual Campfire Gathering

On Sunday, March 25th Shenandoah Acres hosted our 5th Annual Campfire Gathering and it was such a good time! The gates opened up at 2pm and the first 250 people through received a FREE t-shirt to commemorate our annual gathering. Raffle tickets were also given out when you came in for a chance to win some door prizes, which were drawn three different times throughout the event.

There was an amazing campfire for everyone to get warmed up by, and of course, make some delicious s’mores! We also had hot chocolate and coffee to help warm up.

Once everyone was gathered around the pavilion, Garland was able to give us the “low down” on everything going on this upcoming camping season. From new sites to new bathhouses to a laundry mat being put in, he covered it all.

All in all, everyone seemed to have a good time gathering around the campfire in friendly fellowship catching up with and meeting new friends. SAFC would like to thank everyone who came out, we can’t wait to see y’all soon!

For more pictures of the event please see our Facebook page @ Shenandoah Acres Family Campground

4th Annual VAIL Arctic Dip

4th Annual VAIL Arctic Dip

We dared to Do The Dip!

On February 17th Shenandoah Acres Family Campground hosted the 4th Annual VAIL Arctic Dip, and boy did we have a blast doing it!

VAIL is a private non-profit agency that serves people with disabilities in the Shenandoah Valley. Their sole mission is to promote self-direction and remove barriers to independence, doing so by providing many tools to better living. Such as:

  • advocacy information & referral
  • independent living skills training
  • benefits planning
  • technical assistance
  • transition planning for youth & adults
  • peer mentoring

Having such a good organization to help raise money for, it wasn’t very hard to get some of our staff together to make a team of dippers. Our SAFC Dippers team consisted of: Garland Eutsler, Carolynn Rubino, Chris Eutsler, Skylar Puckett, Patricia Obrecht, Tonia Carpenter, Ronda Clark, Mike Garber, Chris Kempton, Josh Sherman, and Terry Turner.

The SAFC Dippers had a blast doing the dip and shared many laughs, as well as some encouragement, getting in that nice cold lake! Some of our dippers even cheered the others on when they ran in the water – only to get chased in next!


The Acres Eatery set up a special menu just for the Arctic Dip and man was the food delicious! With 100% Beef Hamburgers, Pork BBQ Sandwiches, Crispy Chicken Fillets, Boardwalk Fries and more, there was something to satisfy anybody. We even had pineapple upside down cake and rich frosted chocolate brownies for the sweet tooth’s out there!

The SAFC Dippers were able to raise over $1,500 for this wonderful organization and we can’t thank everybody enough for all of your generosity.

To everybody that donated, came or participated in this amazing fundraiser, we thank you! Without you guys we wouldn’t have been able to have such a successful turnout.

Would you dare to Do The Dip?

Click Here to see a photo gallery of the event.