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Have an illuminating, fair old time

While rain and some fog is shaping up to be in the forecast Thursday and Friday, Saturday will see some lovely sunny weather with temperatures in the upper 70s. That said, there’s going to be a wealth of area events taking place in the Heart of Virginia that families, seniors and students can take full advantage of.

The first is the Five County Fair, which opened Tuesday and is taking place nightly until Saturday at 209 Fairgrounds Road.

Blink, and you might miss opportunities to see agricultural animals, view area artwork and craft projects, ride the rides, see a wrestling match that features Salvatore “Sal” Sincere, who went head to head with Rocky Maivia (also known as actor Dwayne Johnson), and Chase City-based bluegrass band High Grass Band.

They have sweet deals for seniors over the age of 60, who can enter the fair at a reduced rate of $2 on Friday. The wrestling match is free Saturday, included with the cost of admission.

This is a great opportunity for families and young people to learn about the important role agriculture has in our community and have a lot of fun in the process.

If you live closer to the Buckingham area, or if your heart is with area firefighters, the second annual Thor’s Hammer Firefighter Games and Chili Cook-off is taking place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3098 Sycamore Creek Road.

The celebration, in honor of late Toga Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Thurston “Thor” Stish, is set to have some knuckle-whitening excitement in the form of the firefighter games and challenges by area firefighters, with the prize being a custom 40-inch trophy. Throughout the day, there will also be chances to taste incredible cast-iron boiled chilis among other delicious fare.

Most importantly, Thor’s Hammer promises a family-friendly gathering with community hospitality and the opportunity to support area firefighters who give their time and selves for their communities.

We at The Herald encourage the community to attend one or more area events taking place in the community this weekend. Whether it’s theater, outdoor events, the fair or Thor’s Hammer, a lot of local events are shaping up in the area, particularly with the advent of fall and the holiday season.