Berkeley County Youth Fair

The Berkeley County Youth Fair

Where can you find monster trucks, fun foods, rockin’ bands, educational exhibitions, farm animals and tummy-twisting carnival rides? At the Berkley County Youth Fair!

berkeley county youth fairOn August 2nd, 2014, the gates will open to the 67th annual youth fair; gate admission is FREE on opening night. Photo credit: Flickr

The carnival portion of the fair is sponsored by PennWood Shows and will offer “All You Can Ride” wristbands and “Single Ride” tickets during the fair’s duration August 2-9.

Before the fair’s gates open on August 2 at the Berkley County Youth Fair Grounds (2419 Golf Course Road in Martinsburg), the 55th Annual Miss Berkley County Youth Fair event will begin at 6:30 p.m. also at the fairgrounds.

The Berkeley County Youth Fair is looking for big eaters to participate in the three featured eating contests. This year, watermelon, donuts and ice cream are the foods of choice. For the dates and time of each contest, check the Berkeley County Youth Fair’s website for Special Fair Activities.

Filled with many fun and engaging components, the Berkeley County Youth Fair also offers a service project. In its continuing outreach and partnership activities with Berkley County Schools, the Berkeley County Youth Fair is encouraging the community to bring new school supplies that (at a later time) will be distributed to area school children who are in need. Supplies will be collected during the day in the office a the fair grounds and also in the evening at the Berkley County Schools’ booth. Please check the list of the most needed supplies.

As always, this event offers a little something for everyone: animal lovers, big truck enthusiasts and tractor pullers of all sizes. That’s right. There is even a tractor pull activity for the little ones and plenty of chances for them to participate. On Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and then again on Saturday at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull contest will be offered. Other truck and tractor pull activities are also being offered. Paid admission to the Berkeley County Youth Fair will also allow FREE entrance to the Monster Truck Summer Nationals & Quad Wars. The world famous Equalizer will be on display. Those who are knowledgeable in livestock have an opportunity to put that knowledge on display and be competitive. Livestock Jeopardy will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Berkeley County Youth Fair’s organizers are looking for a few helping hands. Anyone who is age 16 or older are asked to serve as volunteers in the Pop Stand and the Main Concession Stand areas.

With such a multitude of activities over multiple days, be sure to check the Berkeley County Youth Fair’s website often, as information may change.

The Linda Kilroy Team loves the Berkeley County Youth Fair and hopes to see you there. If you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home in the area, please give them a call at (304) 725-1145. They can help you find the home of your dreams.

Shepherdstown Dog Fest 2014

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Shepherdstown Dog Fest

Do you have a best friend that barks? If so, the two of you are in for a treat on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th. That weekend, the town of Shepherdstown will be hosting an event called Dog Fest: The Dog Days of Summer. This is the second year that the event will be taking place, and it is sure going to be a good time!

shepherdstown dog fest The entire event is free of charge and will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a variety of exhibits, music, movies, and activities to participate in throughout the weekend. Photo credit: Kim Piper Werker

Do you think your dog has what it takes to be the best dog in Shepherdstown? Sign up for the local dog show on Saturday morning. Residents are encouraged to register their pets and show them off to everyone at the event. If you’ve got the best looking dog in town, now is your chance to prove it!

There will also be a variety of demonstrations taking place during the Shepherdstown Dog Fest. There will be trainers and dogs who can do fantastic tricks that you won’t want to miss. There will even be a border collie sheep herding demonstration on the west side of Shepherd University‘s campus. That’s not something you get to see every day. On Sunday, you will have the opportunity to see some dog breeds that are not very common at the Look and Learn Parade of Rare Dog Breeds, which will take place at 11:00 am.

The town plans to accommodate pets and their owners throughout the Shepherdstown Dog Fest. Many stores and restaurants in Shepherdstown will participate in the event and allow you to bring your dogs inside their businesses. Just make sure to look for a dog print on the outside of the store for permission to bring your pup inside. Who knows, they may even get a special treat or two. There will also be pools of water and misters to keep the dogs cool. They ask that you have your dogs on leashes throughout the event.

You can find the schedule for the Shepherdstown Dog Fest here.

Do you love the town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia as much as we do?

Give us a call if you would like to talk to someone about moving to the area. The Linda Kilroy Team can be reached at (304) 725-1145.

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Bed & Breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Bed & Breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Bed & Breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV

The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is holding a wonderful treasure. The best news is that the residents are willing to share their gems with everyone.

Who needs a few days in a scenic setting, surrounded by peace and serenity, all while being doted-on and lounging in cozy comfort? If the answer is YOU, you need to visit one of the many bed & breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV. The West Virginia Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Bed & Breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV Association notes seven in the Eastern Panhandle alone. The association’s website also provides B&B listings in other regions of the state and in near-by places like Sharpsburg, Maryland, where those seeking to relax will find Jacob Rohrbach Innthat offers cottages boasting names of famous people and much more. Photo credit: Visit Finger Lakes

Nestled into the quaint town of Hedgesville, one will find Cider Mill House. Located at 130 Fourth Bridge Road, the 200-year-old stone edifice farmhouse is a part of Heart of Willow Run Farm. Guests at Cider Mill House can visit with goats, chicken and guinea hens. A small herd of beef cattle also call the farm home. Visitors are encouraged to learn more about the old methods used to operate the small farm and about the modern machinery that is used keep it running today. Nature trails wind through the property’s patches of wildflowers and hardwoods. Visitors can also tour the nearby historic attractions like the Civil War battlefields. Although it has been renovated, Cider Mill House reflects most of its original 18th Century essence including a large breakfast that is full of made from scratch goodies with many of the menu items prepared with food grown on the farm.

Victorian period architecture can be found in Berkley Springs at The Manor. This B&B, located at 234 Fairfax Street, is the only house in town sporting a Mansard roof. The Manor’s four-sided roof is steep and slopped, which translates wonderfully high into 10 and 12 foot ceilings depending on where one is located inside the house. Guests are bound to find an activity to satisfy outdoor pleasures while at The Manor. The choices range from horseback riding and canoeing, to siting on the front porch with a good book, or taking a dip in the warm mineral springs that are part of the town’s charming appeal. When the weather is most pleasant, a hearty breakfast is served on the porch. If the weather doesn’t allow, the big breakfast is served in the formal dining room. Either way, the menu consists of a variety of locally sourced food.

Displaying a collection of international art, The Inn at Moler’s Crossroads displays details to reflect its neo-classical inspiration. As with most of today’s B&Bs, The Inn offers state-of-the-art technology and free Wi-Fi for those guests who are not comfortable with completely powering down. Once owned by an international traveler, even the colors on the walls reflect the former owner’s adventures. For instance, the red walls and gold furnishings that adorn the dining room are Chinese markers for good luck, good fortune, and joy, which all signifyi freedom from worldly cares.  Adding to the charm of The Inn, the screened-in porch leads to the patio that is enveloped by flowers and shrubs. There is also a green marble-framed fireplace in the living room and a wonderful sunroom that is lined with Mexican tile. It is the perfect place to admire the carefully-attended gardens, the pergola, and the wooded area on the property.

West Virginia has many wonderful bed and breakfasts to spend a relaxing or adventurous few days. Make your reservations, pack your bags, and check-in at one of the Eastern Panhandle’s hidden treasures.

If you have fallen in love with the charm of the Eastern Panhandle, and you are considering living in the area, do not hesitate to call us at (304) 725-1145. The Linda Kilroy Team knows and loves the Eastern Panhandle and will be able to help you find your next dream home in wild and wonderful West Virginia. Feel free to fill out the form below, and someone from our team will contact you.

Bed & Breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Bed & Breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Bed & Breakfasts in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Harpers Ferry Real Estate Market June 2014

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Harpers Ferry Real Estate Market June 2014

Harpers Ferry Real Estate Market June 2014 What is going on with the real estate market in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia? Here we take a look at some statistics from the month of June 2014 and compare them to the previous year to see how the market is comparing to 2013. Is the market improving in Harpers Ferry? Is it staying the same? Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the Harpers Ferry real estate market June 2014.

Highlights from the Harpers Ferry Real Estate Market June 2014 report:

  • Median sold price: $250,000
  • Average sold price: $265,766
  • Units sold: 9
  • Average time on the market: 21 days
  • Average sold price to original list price ratio: of 97.3%
  • Of the 9 homes sold, all were detached homes
  • There were 88 active listings

Comparisons to last year:

  • Median sold price increased 53.75% ($162,600 in June 2013)
  • Average sold price increased 41.79% ($187,431 in June 2013)
  • The number of units decreased with 16 units sold in June 2013
  • Average time on the market stayed the same at 21 days
  • The average sold price to original list price ratio slightly increased with it being 96.9% in June 2013
  • Of the 16 homes sold in June 2013, all were detached homes
  • There was a 25.71% increase in active listings compared to last June

Here are some charts that depict a little more information about the Harpers Ferry Real Estate Market June 2014:

The chart below shows the average price of homes that were sold over the past year in the Harpers Ferry area. As you can see, there seems to have been a slight increase over the past year.

The chart below shows the ratio of the average price of sold listings to the original listing price. The chart is divided into different categories of sales price.

The chart below offers some good news for sellers who are looking to sell their home pretty quickly. Last month, the average time on the market was only 21 days.

Would you like more information about the Harpers Ferry area?

Give The Linda Kilroy Team a call at ERA Liberty Realty at (304) 725-1145. They can help answer your questions and talk to you about Harpers Ferry real estate. You can also fill out the form below, and someone will contact you.

Thanks for reading our blog about the Harpers Ferry Real Estate Market June 2014.

Harpers Ferry Real Estate Market June 2014

Charles Town Real Estate Market June 2014

September 2014 Charles Town Real Estate Market

Charles Town Real Estate Market June 2014

Charles Town Real Estate Market June 2014 What is going on with the real estate market in Charles Town, West Virginia? Here we take a look at some statistics from the month of June 2014 and compare them to the previous year to see how the market is comparing to 2013. Is the market improving in Charles Town? Is it staying the same? Let’s take a look at what is going on in the Charles Town real estate market.

Highlights from the Charles Town Real Estate Market June 2014 report:

  • Median sold price: $279,000
  • Average sold price: $287,422
  • Units sold: 18
  • Average time on the market: 77 days
  • Average sold price to original list price ratio: 90.9%
  • Of the homes sold, all 18 were attached homes
  • There were 114 active listings

Comparisons to last year:

  • Median sold price increased 26.82% ($220,000 in June 2013)
  • Average sold price increased 35.30% ($212,436 in June 2013)
  • The number of units decreased this year as there were 31 units sold in June 2013
  • Average time on the market decreased; in June 2013 it averaged 105 days
  • The average sold price to original list price ratio decreased with it being 97.2% in June 2013
  • Of the homes sold in June 2013, 25 were detached and 6 were attached
  • There has been a 34.12% increase in active listings compared to last June

The chart below shows the number of active listings over the past year based on the different listing prices. The price range with the largest number of active listings this month is $200,000 to $299,999.

The median sold prices throughout the year are shown below.

The chart below shows the ratio of the average sale price to the original list price for 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom, and 5 bedroom homes over the last six months.

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in the Charles Town, West Virginia area? We can help! Give The Linda Kilroy Team a call at (304) 725-1145 or fill out the form below and someone will contact you.

Don’t forget to check back in with us next month for our next real estate market update. We promise to always keep you in the know!

Charles Town Real Estate Market June 2014

Ice Cream in Charles Town WV

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Where to get the best ice cream in Charles Town WV

ice cream in charles town It is summertime, so that means it is time to cool down with some delicious ice cream! There are several great places for ice cream in Charles Town that you should visit this summer. Each place has a variety of treats and flavors. If we forgot to mention your favorite place, make sure you let us know in the comments so we can add it to our favorites list! So where are the best places to get ice cream in Charles Town?

Skipper’s Downtown Dips and Deli

Skipper’s Downtown Dips and Deli is located right in the heart of the downtown area of Charles Town. You can park along the street and make your way into this unique ice cream parlor. Their ice cream is local and farm fresh from South Mountain Creamery. They also serve other foods and drinks. Skipper’s is open from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday through Friday. You can visit on the weekends too; they are open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturdays and 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sundays. The shop is located at 114 W. Washington Street in Charles Town.

Cone Zone

Cone Zone is another wonderful place to get ice cream in Charles Town, West Virginia. Cone Zone is a takeout ice cream parlor, so if it’s a beautiful day, you can get a special treat and enjoy it out in the gorgeous weather. They are known to have delicious soft serve ice cream. Not to mention, they are also known for their fantastic staff and service. Cone Zone is located in the Somerset Valley Shopping Center. Make sure you get out and give them a try sometime this summer.

Sweet Frog

If you are in the mood for some self serve frozen yogurt, look no further than Sweet Frog. Sweet Frog is the place to be if you want to customize your frozen treat. The variety of flavors and toppings is quite extensive. You can choose just how big you’d like to make your dessert and put as many toppings on there as you’d like. You pay by the weight of your treat, so if you don’t want to eat a whole lot, you don’t have to pay a whole lot. How cool is that? They are located at 190 Flowing Springs Road. Their hours are 11:30 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Thursday, 11:30 am to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Sundays.

Baskin Robbins

If you are in the mood for some interesting flavors or perhaps you need to get an ice cream cake for a special occasion, you can head on over to Baskin Robbins in Ranson. The store is located at 33 W. Virginia Way, Ranson, West Virginia 25438. They are open from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday and 6:00 am to 10:00 pm on the weekends. You can also order cakes from them online and pick them up at the store.

There you have it, those are the best places to get ice cream in Charles Town, West Virginia. We love Charles Town and all it has to offer. If you love Charles Town too and are considering moving to the area, give us a call at ERA Liberty Realty and ask for Linda’s Team. We can be reached at (304) 725-1145 or by filling out the form below. We would love to hear from you!

Ice Cream in Charles Town WV

Fourth of July Events in the Charles Town WV Area 2014

Fourth of July Events in the Charles Town WV Area

Fourth of July Events in the Charles Town WV Area 2014: Fireworks, festivities, and more!

Fourth of July Events in the Charles Town WV Area Are you looking for something fun to do for the Fourth of July weekend? There are several Fourth of July events in the Charles Town WV area that are taking place. If you live in or around Jefferson County, Sam Michael’s Park is going to be the place to be! The park will be opening their gates at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 5th for a day full of fun Independence Day celebrations. Admission is free, and there is no fee for parking. Photo credit: AngMoKio

The park will feature a variety of entertainment and activities for all ages to enjoy up through 10:00 pm. Live music will have you dancing and clapping your hands. You will also be able to buy delicious food from the food vendors, and you can support local businesses by checking out the “Business Alley” and seeing what the vendors have to offer.

Make sure to bring some chairs or a blanket to claim your spot for the awesome fireworks display that will happen that evening. It is going to be quite a sight to see!

Alcohol, glass containers, and firearms are prohibited during this event. The park will also not be allowing pets to be at the event. Remember, pets are generally quite fearful of fireworks. Holidays like Independence Day can be traumatic for some animals, so make sure you take good care of your pets this weekend and provide a safe and comfortable environment for them.

In the event of rain, the celebration will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 6th. The park is located at 235 Sam Michael’s Lane in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.

If you live in Berkeley County, you can head on over to War Memorial Park on Friday, July 4th to enjoy some Independence Day activities. The fun will begin at 1:00 pm with food vendors, moon bounces, face-painting and more! Make sure the kids are there from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm for pony rides and a petting zoo. There will also be mini train rides starting at 5:00 pm.

There will be live music at 4:00 pm in the park. You can see the Back Creek Valley Boys and Circa Blue perform. Magician Michael T will also take the stage at 6:00 pm.

The City of Martinsburg will also be setting off a great fireworks display that you won’t want to miss. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm.

Make sure you get out in the community and celebrate this Independence Day at one of the Fourth of July events in the Charles Town WV area. Stay safe and have fun this holiday weekend!

If you are interested in learning more about what it’s like to live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, give The Linda Kilroy Team a call at (304) 725-1145. We can help you find your next dream home and figure out what is best for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you out and about this July 4th weekend!

Fourth of July Events in the Charles Town WV Area

Fourth of July Events in the Charles Town WV Area

Fourth of July Events in the Charles Town WV Area