WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Residents of Wythe County will have a full slate of recreational events to choose from this Saturday, as local organizations bid farewell to summer by offering a full litany of events.

The Max Meadows Heritage Day, sponsored by the Max Meadows Ruritan Club, is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Max Meadows Community Field.

The free-admission event will provide numerous live displays, including antique tractors and tools, black smith demonstrations, soap making and apple butter production, as well as a children’s petting zoo.

Event organizers say in addition to live displays, visitors to the festival will find numerous venders, including food and drink concessions – offering “everything from pinto beans and corn bread to hot dogs and hamburgers.” Games and children’s events have also been scheduled.

“Max Meadows Heritage Day is a great way for people to enjoy a lot of fun activities, free of charge,” said Joe Hale, Fort Chiswell’s representative on the Wythe County Board of Supervisors.

In addition to Max Meadows Heritage Day, Virginia State Parks will be hosting the annual New River Trail Challenge this Saturday. The challenge has a 40-mile bike ride, 12-mile kayak leg and half marathon along southwestern Virginia’s 57-mile-long New River Trail State Park.

At noon, a special event will begin inside the town limits of Wytheville, as motorists from across the region ride into town at the Dickie Boyles Memorial Cruise-In.

The late Dickie Boyles was a longtime employee of the Town of Wytheville Parks and Recreation Department and avid car enthusiast.

“Dickie Boyles was very instrumental in starting cruise-ins on Main Street. Attaching his name to the festival is a great way to honor his memory,” said Teresa King, owner of Petals of Wytheville.

The cruise-in is slated to end at 5 p.m. and will include classic and antique vehicles, food and other concessions, as well as children’s activities. The Beach Nite Band and Whiskey River Band will also be performing in downtown Wytheville.

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