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Holiday Cheer is Near

by Casey | Posted on November 22nd, 2010

Nothing says “Christmas” like lights, and Virginia is about to be glowing.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden GardenFest of Lights

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's GardenFest of Lights

In Hayes (Gloucester County), a Christmas Holiday Light Show synchronized to music will kick off November 26 and run every weekend through January 2. Local food banks and the humane society will benefit from your donated food items.

Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden presents its annual GardenFest of Lights November 26 through January 10. The kids will marvel at more than half a million twinklers as they wander through this spectacular setting.

If you’re available Saturday, November 27, travel to Smith Mountain Lake State Park for a good view of the Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Christmas Boat Parade. It includes a parade of festively lit boats and benefits a local toy drive.

Where two states share a city and NASCAR’s five-time champion scored a 2010 win, a speedway is lit. Bristol Motor Speedway, located in Bristol, TN/VA, switched on 1.5 million lights on November 12. Drive the special four-mile course to take it all in, and be sure to enjoy the ice skating rink, too! The lights will be on until January 2.

Just outside Washington, DC is Centreville - home to Bull Run Regional Park’s Festival of Lights. This year the lights will be dancing to the music, but that’s only part of the show. Mosey out between November 24 and January 9 for this 2.5-mile smile-filled ride.

Many know of the 100 Miles of Lights, that is, the 100 miles between Richmond and Virginia Beach that feature sparkling skylines, beaming gardens, and twinkling parades, but lucky for us Virginians (and those of you who call Virginia a second home), cities and towns across the Commonwealth deck their Main Streets and plazas to usher in an exciting holiday season, too. For more high-watt fun, see Parades and Tree Lighting Ceremonies on Virginia.org.



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Kentucky Family Wins Virginia is for Lovers Ultimate Fan Sweeps

by Casey | Posted on October 8th, 2010

Virginia is for Racing Lovers Ultimate Fan SweepstakesCongratulations to the Woosley family from Louisville, Kentucky! Jennifer, Ted and their two children will experience NASCAR like never before at the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24th.

Jennifer Woosley won the Virginia is for Racing Lovers® Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes. Among her winnings? Use of a fully-stocked RV overlooking the track, lots of great Virginia is for Lovers merchandise, tickets to area attractions, dining certificates, and a rental car, not to mention a meet-and-greet session with one of NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup drivers!

Tickets are still available for the TUMS Fast Relief 500, ranging from $25 to $77 per seat. Tickets for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) Kroger 200 are available, too, from $30 per seat. Children 12 and under are free for the CWTS race.



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Ultimate Fan Giveaway!

by Casey | Posted on July 15th, 2010

Families who love NASCAR will love our latest vacation sweepstakes!  Beginning today, race fans can enter to win the Virginia is for Racing Lovers® Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes – an over-the-top race inspired vacation to Martinsville for the October 24 Sprint Cup race – TUMS Fast Relief 500. U.S. residents 21 and older can enter online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com/sweepstakes.  The contest runs through September 17, 2010.  

You can't get a better seat than an RV overlooking the track!

The grand prize winner and three guests will fly to Virginia for VIP treatment at the TUMS Fast Relief 500.  The grand prize puts the winners at the edge of the action, literally, with the use of a 30-foot luxury recreational vehicle parked trackside at Martinsville Speedway’s Champions Overlook.  The RV, courtesy of McGeorge Rolling Hills RV Supercenter, will be filled with groceries provided by Kroger and decked out in Virginia is for Lovers® apparel and prizes.   As part of the package, the winning family will have a VIP meet and greet with a Sprint Cup driver and be treated to sights and destinations in and around Martinsville.  Virginia is for Racing Lovers Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes prize details are as follows, with complete rules and entry form at www.martinsvillespeedway.com/sweepstakes.One grand prize winner will receive:

  • Economy roundtrip airfare for four from the major airport nearest winner’s location to Roanoke, Virginia
  • A rental car for duration of stay
  • Use of one RV, courtesy of McGeorge Rolling Hills RV Supercenter, including a stocked kitchen provided by Kroger, for four nights in the Champions Overlook area at Martinsville Speedway® including admission for four to the racing events scheduled for October 22 – 24, 2010 at Martinsville Speedway®; and Meet and Greet with a Sprint Cup Series driver.
  • Virginia is for Lovers® apparel for four
  • Lodging for two nights at the Comfort Inn Martinsville
  • Complimentary admission for four to the Virginia Museum of Natural History and VIP Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Complimentary admission for four to Baseball Heaven: Indoor Batting Cages and Driving Range
  • VIP boat tour for four of Philpott Lake and guided tour of the museum at Philpott Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Complimentary dinner for four at Wild Magnolia
  • Ultimate Fan Gift Basket from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism Division

What are you waiting for? Enter now at www.martinsvillespeedway.com/sweepstakes!



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Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300

by Casey | Posted on July 8th, 2010

If the roar of Late Model engines gets your heart pumping, then you need to be at the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway, October 1-3, 2010!

Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300

Practice, time trials and heat races set the stage for what will be an intense main event. Make a weekend of it! Twenty-two drivers will secure their starting positions through time trials on October 2nd. The remainder of the field will be set through four 25-lap heat races on October 3rd … think of it as racing before the race!

To the victor goes the sweet spoil of a $25,000 payday - by far the largest purse to be had in Late Model Stock racing.

Image Courtesy Martinsville Speedway

Who can you expect to see vie for the dough? Virginia’s best and then some! Regulars from South Boston, Motor Mile, Langley, Soutside, Lonesome Pine, Franklin County, and even nearby North Carolina drivers will race for the big bucks. Even teams from as far away as Georgia, Texas and New Jersey have made the trip for famous Martinsville rubbing!

Ready for racin’? Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under are free! Secure yours by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or order online at www.MartinsvilleSpeedway.com.

Learn more about Virginia Motorsports and see other upcoming racing events at Virginia.org.



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