Month: October 2018

Halloween I & II 2018

Halloween I & II 2018

We had a couple Spooktacular weekends here at The Acres celebrating Halloween! From our Haunted House, to costume contests and more – we had lots of fun activities for everyone to get in the Halloween spirit with!!

Halloween I:

Our first weekend of Halloween was for registered campers only and started out with a hauntingly good meal served buffet style for all the hungry campers in the campground.

After the buffet, we played Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) & Z-O-M-B-I-E-S (G) on the big screen for everyone’s viewing pleasure. As the movies played, those brave enough were taken on a wagon ride down to the Haunted House. Screams could be heard as each group went through – coming up against clowns, butchers, ghosts and more!

On Saturday, we had a Kids’ Carnival for children 12 & under. At the start of the carnival, the children got to pick out their choice of trick-or-treat bag and color it, giving each bag a unique finish. When they were done, the children then loaded up on the wagon and took a ride to the carnival. We had all kinds of different games for them to play, and candy was won at each one!

Later in the day everyone broke out their costumes and competed in a friendly Costume Contest. There were three different age groups (5 & under, 6-12 and 13-Adult) that were judged on cutest, scariest and most original costume. We also judged on best family costume and best dog costume. Congrats to all the winners!!

Next up was the much-anticipated TRICK-OR-TREATING!!! Children of all ages dressed up and took over the campground, going door-to-door collecting as much candy as they could. With over 300 trick-or-treaters, our campers stayed busy seeing all the different smiling faces and handing out treats.

DJ’s Mark & Patty joined us Saturday night, bringing a great variety of different tunes to dance the night away to.

Let’s not forget about all those amazing decorations everyone put out. We took a short break from the music to award our top 3 best decorated sites, which were voted on by fellow campers throughout the day. Congratulations y’all!!

On Sunday morning, our first Halloween weekend’s activities came to an end as campers gathered under the pavilion for a message on “The Power of Patience”, delivered by Theresa Moore.

Halloween II

The second weekend of Halloween started out Friday night with another Spooktacular buffet to feed all the goons and goblins that filled the campground.

After everyone satisfied their hunger, campers took cover under the pavilion on this rainy evening – getting in the true Halloween spirit by watching Hocus Pocus (PG) and Halloween Town (PG). The children received a complimentary bag of popcorn as we all got lost in the classical Halloween hits.

The next day, children 12 and under were invited down to the pavilion to color their trick-or-treat bags and play games at the Kids’ Carnival. Seeing all the different ways they decorated their bags and how their faces lit up when they played games (and won candy) was a blast.

If you didn’t come out on top in the Costume Contest last weekend, you had another chance Saturday afternoon when everyone broke out their costumes and partook in a Campground Costume Contest. Our three judges voted on cutest, scariest and most original costume for three different age groups, along with best family costume and best dog costume. Congrats to all the winners!!

Following in suit with our first Halloween weekend, next up was our campground wide TRICK-OR-TREATING!! This weekend the trick-or-treating was opened up to the public. If you thought around 300 trick-or-treaters was a lot last weekend, how about around a whopping 600 or more!! Children from all over got in character and made their way through the campground, filling their goody bags with all kinds of candy and treats.

Hopefully you brought out your dancin’ shoes because DJ’s Mark & Patty came back, playing an awesome selection of tunes for us to all boogie the night away to!

All those magnificent site decorations everyone put out didn’t go unnoticed!! Throughout the day, fellow campers voted on which decorations they liked best. We tallied up the votes, and during a short break from the music awarded the top 3 decorated sites! Congratulations y’all!!

Now, if you stayed with us either Halloween weekend, you had the opportunity to win a prize by guessing how many candy pumpkins were in a jar located at the Camp Store. Ms. Susan Bennett guessed the EXACT amount of pumpkins by jotting down her prediction of 167. Congratulations Susan!!

Theresa Moore closed out the weekend’s activities Sunday morning with a wonderful service titled “The Gratitude Experiment”.

With so many different activities to participate in, it wasn’t hard to get in the Halloween spirit!  Thank you to everyone who came out and camped with us during our Halloween weekends, we hope y’all had just as much fun as we did!

Click here to view a photo gallery of Halloween I.
Click here to view a photo gallery of Halloween II.

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!!