This weekend’s picks come to you remotely from the pseudo-middle of the country, America’s bread basket (corn basket? cow basket?!) — Ohio! Yes, your Entertainment Emissary is away attending to some business, and deeply jealous she can’t Get Out (!) with all of you to enjoy the following weekend festivities! Promise to have extra fun for me, won’t you?

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Eat a Peach

It’s August, and that means peach season is in full swing in our area. For evidence of this, look no further than the bulging boxes and precarious piles at your local farm market, or, head to Great Country Farms Saturday and Sunday for the awesome Peach Daze Fuzztival!

It’s easy to spend the day eating your way through GCF’s tantalizing peach treats, like indulging in the peach pancake breakfast in the morning; maybe take part in the peach-eating contest in the afternoon, you know, just to get some raw fruit and fiber in there; you could wash down all those peaches with a peach wine slushie (this writer may have to drive back just for that); and for dinner, choose from peach pie, peach ice cream, peach bread, roasted peach and arugula pizza—the list goes on!

There are, apparently, other things to do at the Peach Daze Fuzztival besides eating—family games and contests, live entertainment from Tony M. Music, educational talks featuring farmer and GCF co-owner Bob Zurschmeide and pick-your-own opportunities.

The Fuzztival runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6—for directions and further details, go to

Shop ‘Til You Drop!

Looking for some upscale duds, pet products or kitsch-y items to add to your home? Look no further than Middleburg’s 11th annual Sidewalk Sale, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the historic town.

Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., look for colorful balloons posted outside participating businesses. Inside, you’ll find awesome deals and deep discounts on all sorts of items. Happily, the sale coincides with Virginia’s tax-free weekend, meaning anyone buying qualifying items (a list of which can be found here) can avoid paying the state’s 5.3 percent sales tax.

Click here for details and an idea of what you might find at this year’s sale.

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