Thursday, September 20, 2012

Smokin' on the Track at Shenandoah Speedway

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This little piggy is named Dale Swinehart, the mascot of "Smokin' on the Track" BBQ Festival!
KCBS BBQ Road Trip to the Smokin' on the Track BBQ Festival

You can race like Dale Swinehart through the Shenandoah Valley and make a pit stop at the Shenandoah Speedway for the inaugural Smokin' on the Track BBQ Festival !  I'm proud to say I'm a sponsor of this first time festival!   This is a KCBS Competition and they have wineries, food vendors, a car show, cornhole tournament and more which is fun for the whole family! This KCBS sanctioned festival has over $6000 in prize money, and is this Saturday September 22nd right at the Shenandoah Speedway on Route 340 just North of Shenandoah, so check out the official website (above) for all the details.

Places to Stay, Go, and Visit While in the Shenandoah Valley

We spend a lot of time in the Shenandoah Valley.  If you are open to a small road trip, follow these suggestions.  Let's show you the Speedway (A) and Woodstock, VA (B) which is about 40 miles apart but a nice road trip, then the Luray Caverns (C) when you double back.


From the Speedway to Woodstock, VA


Shop the Little Towns of Mt. Jackson: Drive the back road from Shenandoah Speedway through Mt. Jackson and visit the tiny shops along main street in Mt. Jackson.   You'll find antiques, a thrift store, and a collectibles/gift shop. Some neat treasures wait here.

Camping in Edinburgh:  If you want to camp in the area, why not try Creekside Campground in Edinburg? It's a stones throw between Shenandoah and Mt. Jackson along a lovely little creek and the owner is a great guy. You will have to take a small alley and go over a tiny bridge to find it, but it's worth it as picturesque as it is! Edinburg is a small town with a great Italian Restaurant on Main street. Population: 1041, if you blink, you will surely miss it.

Visit Woodstock, VA:  This is home to the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds where some of Country's great legends have performed. It is right off I-81, and there's also lots of fast food off this exit, be sure to use the fast food coupons website to save money on your way. If you continue going the back road from Mt. Jackson to Woodstock, (before you get to the fairgrounds) then you will have to check this out, one of Woodstock's best kept secrets:
Sunrise Cafe Woodstock VA
Sunrise Cafe in Woodstock, VA. Very artsy and 1950's style dining with great food, we give thumbs up!

Sunrise Cafe:   Where do I enjoy eating most in Woodstock? 1 mile South at the former "Little Mac's Restaurant" circa 1945, owned by current owner Tammy's parents. We have eaten here many times and been very happy with the meals and Mike is the best waiter a customer could ask for. Most food is locally sourced and the coffee is locally harvested/roasted making everything just taste so much better.  The place reminds you of the best of the 1950's with a down home feeling. As well, someone has a great talent, there are greeting cards for sale with local photographs and are great!

Double Back to Luray, VA


Always wanted to visit the historic town of Luray, Virginia and see the Luray Caverns? (We've been many times and they are worth a look-see.)  They are open every day of the year and get over half a million visitors each year. See times here.

Enjoy the Beauty of the Valley

The Shenandoah Valley is one of those places you will want to visit again.  Mark your calendar for Autumnfest at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds (Woodstock exit) in October. Hope to see you there.

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