Spring 2014 brings several exciting events with it to Smith Mountain Lake. Get outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather, and check out some of these upcoming lake area events.
Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival
When: Sunday, May 10
Where: J.T.’S at the Lavalette
Cost: $13-15 including ticket fees
Photo by Sharon Mollerus
Wine from 28 different vineyards along with a variety of handmade strawberry fare will be available at this year’s Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival. Gretna, VA is just a short drive from the lake. Get your tickets and find out more about the wine list and menu at https://gretnastrawberrywinefest.com/.
Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run
When: Saturday, May 17
Where: Mariner’s Landing
Cost: $350 for two players
Organized by the Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association, the Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run is held to raise funds for boating safety awareness. Boaters cruise the lake, stopping at various “card stops,” in search of cards to build the best poker hand. Several cash prizes are distributed. 70th Anniversary D-Day
When: Friday, June 6
Where: National D-Day Memorial, roughly 30 minutes from the lake
To honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, there will be a USO show and veteran reunion at Bedford’s national D-Day memorial. This is a perfect chance to experience this special national memorial along side our nation’s surviving heroes and their families. To get more information about Bedford’s D-Day memorial and the soldiers to which it is dedicated, visit http://www.dday.org/.
Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament
When: Friday, June 6
Where: Westlake Golf Course & Country Club
Photo by Tord Sollie
Hosted by the Westlake Golf Course & Country Club, the annual Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament gives local and visiting players the chance to compete for prizes and enjoy one of the lake area’s premier golf courses. Sponsorships and entry fees can be found at visitsmithmountainlake.com.
Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days
When: Sunday, June 15
Where: Franklin County Recreation Park
Cost: $5, free for children under 12
Held on Father’s Day, the Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days give visitors the chance to see heritage farm equipment and working demonstrations along with games, activities, and other exhibits. This event is perfect for a day of quality father and son time.