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A Fair Tradition

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It’s that time of year again when the annual Halifax County Fair comes to town.

Brings back many fond memories for local folk who deem the county fair a tradition.

When you feel that nip in the air, you know it’s the time of year when you’ll get to meet many of your favorite friends and relatives at the fairgrounds enjoying plenty of good food and fine entertainment.

And this year will be no exception.

From the Cinnsational Cinnamon Buns to Scales, Tails & Teeth Alligator Education & Entertainment Show and the Strong-Style Pro Wrestling, this year’s fair features something for everyone and promises to bring back many memories of fairs long ago.

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5th annual Clay Shoot at Edmunds Farms

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Delegates James Edmunds and Matt Fariss held their 5th annual clay shoot at Edmunds Farms, Friday, Sept. 22.

Participants are pictured with winners of flights on the front row:

Pictured left to right: Delegate James Edmunds; Wayne Tribble-first place winner of AAA flight; Clarence Morris; Frank Myers -second place AAA; Delegate Matt Fariss; Jesse Rutherford – First place AA; Chad Francis; Noah Fitzgerald – second place AA; Bryan Smith; Patricia Whirley – third place AA.

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Virginia’s Sportsmen’s Caucus Celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day

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By Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta County)

As Co-Chair of the Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, along with my fellow Co-Chair Delegate James Edmunds, we are proud to celebrate the 45th National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 23rd. We join like-minded sportsmen-legislators from our 48-state National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses network to recognize the time-honored traditions and conservation work of hunters and anglers in supporting sound, science-based fish and wildlife conservation.

Through purchasing licenses, tags and waterfowl stamps, and by paying excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing tackle, motorboat fuel, and other hunting and fishing equipment, sportsmen and sportswomen drive conservation funding in the United States. Collectively, these funding sources constitute the American System of Conservation Funding, a unique “user pays-public benefits” system, which this year is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Via passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act, the Dingell-Johnson Act, and the Wallop-Breaux Amendment, this excise tax revenue is apportioned back to state fish and wildlife agencies, including the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Last year alone, Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson combined contributed $17,720,039, while hunting and fishing licenses brought an additional $17,720,039 to fund conservation efforts in the state.

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HCCA Walk for Hope raises $75,150

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Saturday stood as a day of pride for those who had looked cancer in the eye and won as they lined up to take their survivors’ lap around the Halifax County Fairgrounds during the Halifax County Cancer Association Walk for Hope.

It also gave family and friends of those who had family members who weren’t as fortunate with their cancer battles an opportunity to remember and honor them as they raised funds for the cancer association.

New this year was a chance for HCCA directors and employees to kiss a pig if $75,000 was raised, exceeding last year’s proceeds of $70,026.88, and they raised just enough.

By the end of the day a total of $75,150.26 had been collected, and the pig had been kissed.

“We had a good time (trying to kiss the pig). I believe it helped raise the funds. The people really enjoyed the idea of us doing that,” said Director Sharon Blosser.

To help kick off the day, Delegate James Edmunds presented a resolution from the general assembly to Blosser commending the association for its deep commitment throughout the past 60 years.

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Bill Cochran: 10 things worth knowing about sling bows

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Eight hunting seasons ago, Tony Reaves was in a tree stand with bow and arrow at ready, watching for a deer — and bored stiff.

“I just wanted a different challenge,” he said.

That’s what led him to the sling bow and a whole new way of shooting and hunting.

For the first time, sling bows will be legal for hunting deer, turkey and small game this season in Virginia — everything but bear and elk. Give Reaves, a South Boston resident, credit for introducing this novel method of hunting to the state.

Here are 10 things worth knowing about sling bows:

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