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2020 Events and Happenings Bedford County Parks and Recreation - News Release: 1/10/2020

2020 Events and Happenings Bedford County Parks and Recreation
Bedford Trails Mountain Cross Race Series –  This is one of our most popular race series
Starts Feb. 2nd
-4 Race Series (3 Sundays, 1 Sat Night)
- Equalizer format (explain)
- Held at Falling Creek and New London Tech Trails
March 14 Mountain Junkies 5 and 10 mile race Montvale
May 2nd Mountain Junkies Falling Creek Trail Nut 10k and Half Marathon
April 18th Taste of the Trails New London (Talk about Taste of the Trails)
May 9th Falling Creek Arts and Drafts
May 16th TOT Moneta
June 6th National Trails Day
June 13 and 14th Fat Tire Weekend (short track XC and 5 hours endurance, festival Sat night)
June 21st National Go Skateboaring Day
July 11th Fat Tire Frenzy
July 20th International Ride MTB Day
July 25th TOT  (Montvale or Venhorst)
Aug 1st National Disc Golf Day (foundation dg cookout)
Sept 5th Throwdown N Techtown (new london tech trails)
Oct 10th TOT Falling Creek
Additional Programs – Mountain Bike Clinics, Shredford Sessions, Dual Slalom Track, Skateboard clinics, Fishing clinic, outdoor education classes, possible Camp night at the park may be 2021
BSTC – relationship
-Built 5 kiosks, concrete pad @ Falling Creek DG
-upcoming projects – Animal Shelter Pavilion, Skate Park concrete pads, benches around pond, more projects to happen at New Park
-these projects are growing with the students and have helped bring new light to how things can be done through BSTC, it’s great to see the growth through this program and school
Disc Golf –
2 big tournaments
1 spring @ Moneta hosted by Roanoke Disc Golf and Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club 
1 in the summer Battle for Bedford @ Falling Creek (may grow into Vehhorst in future) 
Last year players showed up from 13 different states 80 players, 30 wait list
-Paul McBeth World Champ likely to attend this year (Venhorst expansion)
New wooded 18 hole course at Montvale Park, no other wooded courses like it in the area 
 Park off Venhorst Acquisition – Tentative park opening Spring 2020 46 acres
-2 Large ponds – stocked
- 9 holes of Disc Golf with hopes to have 18 by next year for Battle for Bedford
- Trails
Lots of outdoor recreation opportunities – Fishing, boating, trails, disc golf, beautiful pavilion.
Youth Programs
Summer Camps
Magic Fairy Camp
June 8 –June 12, July 6-10, 
Falling Creek Park, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. /  Fee: $100.00 / Ages 5+
Art Camp
June 22 – June 26
June 29 - July 3
July 13 – July 17
Forest Recreation Center
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $65.00 (per person/per week)
Ages 5-9
Art Camp
June 15-19
July 6-10
Forest Recreation Center
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $65.00 (per person/per week)
Ages 10+
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4
Elks Home
11:00 a.m.
Kids age 3-12 will be able to enjoy a toy
and sticker filled egg hunt and a visit with
the Easter bunny. Please call 586-7682 to
pre register.
Youth Fishing & Outdoor Experience
Saturday, June 6
Smith Mountain Lake Discovery Center Time: 9:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Free
This annual event includes fishing, casting contest, fire boat rides, boat and water safety, paintball range, canoeing and a biologist exhibit. Pre registration is highly recommended. There is a 200 child limit. Please call (540) 586-7682 for more information.
Bedford Parks and Recreation Offices
Kindercombo "Dance Jam" (ages 6-9)
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm
Kindermotion "Gym Jam" (ages 6-9)
Wednesdays 6:30-7:15pm
Kinder "Dance with Me" (ages 15-24 mo)
Thursdays 4:00-4:20pm
Kindertots (ages 2-3)
Thursdays 4:30-5:00pm
Kindergym (ages 3-5)
Thursdays 5:15-5:45pm
Kinderdance (ages 3-5)
Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm
For more information or to register visit
Movies in the Park – Presented by Centra
Movie starts at dark
Falling Creek Park
Bedford County Parks and Recreation will once again host the Movies in the Park summer series. The Movies in the Park   series offers families a safe and enjoyable night in the park and movies will be free of charge. Movies will start at dark. Movies in the park is sponsored by Centra.
Senior Programs/Trips
Senior Bingo
If you are 50 years or older and like to socialize and play Bingo, then this is the place for you. The Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department offers Bingo 3 times a month at 3 locations from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Forest Recreation Center (2nd Tuesday),Moneta Rescue Squad  (3rd Wednesday), and the Bedford Moose Lodge (4th Thursday). Lunch is served at all locations so come and bring your favorite dish to share. Cost is $1.00 per card with a limit of 4 cards per person. For more information please contact the Recreation office at 586-7682 or come by our office at 1257 County Farm Rd. Bedford.
Oil Painting by the Bob Ross Method with Instructor Ed Gowen
Thursday, Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and Mar. 19
10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
Forest Recreation Center
Even people who have never painted before can do this although more experienced people will also enjoy the classes. Each painting is done on a 16x20 inch canvas (unless otherwise specified) using Bob Ross supplies. Students a roll of paper towels, all other supplies included. Fee: $75.00 per person/per class . Please call (540) 586-7682 to register. All classes are held at the Forest Recreation Center.
Line Dance Class
Bedford County Parks and Recreation offers a free line dance class that meets at the County Gym  on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested please call (540) 586-7682 for more information.
Matter of Balance
Bedford County Parks and Recreation Offices
Monday’s and Wednesday’s
March 2 – March 25
A Matter of Balance is a 16 hour course that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The group will meet twice weekly for 4 weeks.
Craft Class
Instructor Linda Mann
Thursday, Feb. 13, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, June 11
Class Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Fee $5.00 per person/per class
Bedford County Parks and Recreation Office
Bedford County Parks and Recreation will hold monthly craft classes at the Parks and Recreation office located at 1257 County Farm Rd. in Bedford. Class will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Please call (540) 586-7682 to pre register. Participants must be registered by the Monday before class. Fee for the class is $5.00 per person per class and will be paid to the instructor on the day of class.
Basketball season 2019
Bedford County has 152 basketball teams this year. This is teams from all over the county (Bedford, Forest, Boonsboro, Moneta, Stewartsville, Etc.)  It's both boys and girl’s teams. Some teams are co-ed.   It's all age groups (Age 5 to Age 18). By far basketball is the biggest sport that Bedford County offers. We play at 12 elementary school gyms and the County gym on Saturdays starting January 4th. This year with the amount of teams in the county we are playing games on Friday nights too, starting January 3rd.  Every team will be playing ten games this year. Season should wrap up on March 7th.
Spring sports season starts March 16th. This spring we will be offering Soccer, Baseball, Softball, wiffle ball for 3 and 4 year olds, and Flag Football.
New parking lot at the County Gym is under construction.  This spring the parking lot at Falling Creek will be done along with a paved section of trail (Blue Bird Path)
Tourism 2020 – Branding change from Visit Bedford to Destination Bedford.  Take in Theatre and show 5 min video.
New brochure is done and at locations throughout Virginia, TV commercials aired during fall, radio commercials through end of this month on WNRN, much more to come in 2020 promoting Bedford as a destination.
We hope to launch the new website soon.