Month: October 2018

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

The 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off!

Our weekend started out Friday as campers rolled into the campground. After getting settled, everyone that didn’t feel like cooking came down to the pavilion for our weekly buffet. It was delicious!! Once dinner was cleaned up, it was time for an exciting game of Snack Time BINGO. Who doesn’t want to win a bunch of snacks?! The game was played by exchanging any type of snack (candy bar, nabs, chips, etc.) for Bingo cards – with the turnout we had, the coverall became very large – upping the stakes of the game even more! Our lucky coverall winner got to take home an entire bag of snacks, stuffed to the brim & then some!! Congratulations!!

Saturday morning started out early. The Chili Cook-Off contestants set up and got ready to prepare their chili from scratch. At 8am, contestants were given the OK to start cooking. Everyone got busy browning their meats, chopping vegetables, and adding all those secret ingredients to their chili. 4 hours of time was allotted to cook the chili from start to finish.

While the mouthwatering smell of chili cooking filled the campground, children of all ages gathered in front of the pavilion for our Kids Craft Hour. It’s always really neat to see how creative they get with their crafts and the way their imagination runs wild!

At noon all chili cooking stopped and our 3 judges came in to taste all the wonderful chili. They were given a 1oz tasting of each as they moved down the line judging on color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste. Once the judges finished tasting all 18 different chilies, they tallied their scores to determine who took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. A special thank you to Jim Glass with US Foods, Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith, and Billy Johnson a local area cook, for coming in and being judges for our Chili Cook-Off!! At 1:00 campers were invited in to taste all the deliciousness and vote for the Campers Choice Award. Prizes weren’t awarded until later in the evening though, making us all wait with anticipation to find out who won what!!

SAFC’s House Band “Hott Mess” joined us Saturday night playing all our favorite classic rock tunes. The dance floor filled up quickly as the band rocked on!

As promised, we presented our Chili Cook-Off awards when the band took a short break. 1st prize went to Thomas Robertson, coming in with a score of 120 points! 2nd prize went to Teresa Dabowski – with a score of 114 points, and 3rd prize went to Dennis Miller – with a score of 109 points. Congratulations y’all!! Next up was the Camper’s Choice Award, the contestant that had the most tickets in their jar at the end of the tasting was Nicole Rutherford – racking up a total of 39 votes. Congratulations Nicole!!

We interrupted the band one last time later in the night to do our 50/50 Raffle Drawing. Our lucky winner this weekend took home $426! Congratulations!!

Theresa Moore closed out our weekend activities on Sunday morning as campers gathered at our “church with no walls” and listened to a delightful message titled “Talk Yourself Happy Part 2: The Power of Love Will Set You Free”.

This weekend came and went in the blink of an eye, but as the old saying goes “time flies when you’re having fun”! As always, we would like to thank everyone who came and camped with us this weekend – you guys are the ones that make it possible for us to have the events and activities that we do and we’re greatly appreciative of your continued support. See y’all again soon!!

3rd Annual Fall Yard Sale

3rd Annual Fall Yard Sale

Wow! What a busy weekend we had here at The Acres with our 3rd Annual Fall Yard Sale along with the rescheduling of our 4th Annual Fall Cruise-In/Craft Fair!

Friday was the calm before the storm as campers started arriving and got settled into their spots. That evening campers enjoyed our weekly buffet of mouthwatering good food that tasted just like grandma made it! After our bellies got full, we had an enjoyable time playing an exciting game of Matchbox/Hot Wheels BINGO – trading toy cars for Bingo cards. The lucky winner of the coverall received a big bucket filled with Matchbox cars! Congratulations!!

Saturday morning started before the sun came up as our Yard Sale vendors began arriving as early as 6am to set-up their goods for our 3rd Annual Fall Yard Sale. And let me tell you…. they brought the goods!! With so many different items to choose from, there’s no way you could leave the yard sale without finding a new treasure for yourself or your home.

We also had our Fall Craft Fair going on during the day. Crafters from all over came with their beautiful hand-made goods, displaying them for everyone to see. There was a large variety of crafts to pick from – including hand-made jewelry, crochet items, decorative pieces for your home and more – we had a smorgasbord of items!

Around noon, car owners from around the area started rolling into the campground with their cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans, antiques and hot rods. The first 100 vehicles to register for the Cruise-In received a Dash Plaque to commemorate the event. We had Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle Tickets for sale & concessions at the Tie-Dye Wagon for everyone to feast on. DJ’s Mark & Patty joined us playing some awesome 80’s tunes throughout the day. At the close of our Cruise-In the lucky 50/50 ticket holder took home a whopping $451! Congratulations!!

On Saturday night campers filled the dance floor as SAFC’s House Band “Hott Mess” rocked the campground with all our favorite classic rock tunes! They sure do know how to put on a good show!!

The weekend activities ended with a lovely Sunday Morning Service by Theresa Moore titled “Talk Yourself Happy: The Power of Love Will Set You Free”.

To say we had a busy weekend here at The Acres would be an understatement, but we had a blast! Thank you to everyone who came and camped with us this weekend, we hope to see y’all again soon!!

2nd Annual Amazing Race

2nd Annual Amazing Race

The weekend of our 2nd Annual Amazing Race was so much fun! Campers filled the campground Friday, getting set-up & comfortable before chowing down on some delicious home-style cookin’ served under the pavilion. Later that evening, everyone was invited to watch the movie “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” – a hilarious film about a boy who has to transfer schools and learn how to follow the rules…hence “the worst years of his life”.

The next morning brought us our Amazing Race!! Now this was something you definitely didn’t want to miss! Contestants gathered under the pavilion to get the “low down” on the race before they were sent out to compete against each other. Teams were given a clue in the form of a riddle at the beginning of the race telling them what location to go to around the campground. Once each team figured out their clues and ran to the right location, they were given a task to complete – when completed, teams would get another clue to figure out for the next stop in the race. Each location had a different task to perform, from trying to remember a picture & drawing it perfectly, completing in a 3-legged egg & spoon race, answering trivia questions and more! Teams had to hurry though! There were elimination rounds throughout the course, narrowing down our contestants until we had our final 3 teams. Coming in 1st place was Team Curry, winning a Shenandoah Acres gift basket filled with all kinds of goodies to enjoy! 2nd place went to Team Times Up, winning a certificate for 2 Free Nights of Camping along with a gift certificate to The Acres Eatery and our 3rd place prize went to Team Marsh, winning a certificate for 2 Free Nights of Camping. Congratulations to our winners!! A big thank you goes to everyone who came, participated and volunteered in the Amazing Race – we hope y’all had just as much fun as we did!

Later that evening, Baby Girl’s Karaoke joined us for a chance to become a STAR! Campers of all ages picked their song and belted out their tune for our listening pleasure! We had a great time tearing up the dance floor to all the different genres of music and songs that everyone picked. You guys really know how to have a good time!

We took a short break from singing to draw our 50/50 Raffle. The lucky winner took home $452!! Congratulations!!!

To close out our weekend everyone was invited to “the church with no walls” to hear a wonderful message delivered by Theresa Moore titled “Trust God”.

All-in-all we had a fun filled weekend here at The Acres watching movies, competing in the Amazing Race and singing our hearts out! Thank you to everyone who came and camped with us this weekend – we hope to see y’all again soon!!