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Hurricane Joaquin: Event cancellations and changes

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 16:56:41-04

Many local events scheduled for this weekend (October 3-4) here in Hampton Roads have been canceled or rescheduled due to the forecasted impacts from Hurricane Joaquin.

Here’s what we know so far:

Donald Trump Virginia Beach Campaign Rally 

“Due to Hurricane Joaquin and the declared state of emergency in the great state of Virginia we have postponed Friday’s Rally. Mr. Trump stated, “While we were expecting 10,000 people based on demand, and it would have been a happening, everyone’s safety is of far more importance to me. We will reschedule the event very soon and I look forward to being there.”‘

State Fair of Virginia

Due to the threat of heavy rain and possible severe weather, the State Fair of Virginia will close at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 and will not reopen for the remainder of the 2015 season.

“Safety is the fair’s No. 1 priority for our customers, vendors, exhibitors and workers,” said Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, vice president of operations for The Meadow Event Park. “We feel it is important to respect the governor’s state of emergency declaration, and we realize that our law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel may be needed elsewhere during this impending storm.”

Patrons who purchased but have not yet used single-day, admission tickets and season passes will be able to exchange them via mail for a single-day admission ticket for the 2016 State Fair of Virginia, which will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 9. Unused Ride Wristband vouchers can be exchanged via mail for a wristband voucher for the 2016 State Fair.

To receive the 2016 tickets or vouchers, ticketholders should mail their unused 2015 tickets, passes and vouchers to: State Fair of Virginia, Attention: Ticket Office, P.O. Box 130, Doswell, VA 23047, along with the guest’s name, address, telephone number and email address. A confirmation email will be sent to guests once the information is received. All returned tickets, passes or wristband vouchers must be postmarked by Oct. 30.
Updated Virginia Beach high school football schedule

Thursday, Oct. 1
Green Run at Salem 6 p.m. (date and time change)

Friday, Oct. 2
Cox at Bayside 7 p.m. (no change)
Tallwood at First Colonial 7 p.m. (no change)
Landstown at Kellam 7 p.m. (venue change)
Kempsville vs. Ocean Lakes at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex 7 p.m. (venue change)

Scheduling changes for Junior Varsity (JV) games are determined by individual schools. For information about the JV games, contact your child’s home school.

Updated Chesapeake high school football schedule

  • Varsity Football — Grassfield High School at Western Branch High School has been moved to tonight (10/1) with the kickoff at 6 p.m.
  • Varsity Football — Hickory High School at Oscar Smith High School has been moved to tonight (10/1) with the kickoff at 7 p.m.
  • Varsity Football — Nansemond River High School at Indian River High School has been canceled
  • Varsity Football — Lakeland High School at Deep Creek High School is still scheduled for tomorrow (10/2); however, the kickoff time has been moved up to 6 p.m.  Please note that all Deep Creek High School Homecoming activities have been moved to October 16.
  • Southeastern District Cheering Competition — Moved from October 3 to October 10 – location Oscar Smith High School

*Please note there is no change to the following varsity football game: Kings Fork High School at Great Bridge High School – 10/2 with the kickoff at 7 p.m.

Newport News Fall Festival Cancelled

The 42nd Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled and vendors will receive refunds.

“It is a disappointing but necessary decision to make to cancel an event that is so popular with citizens of Newport News and of the entire area,” said Assistant City Manager Alan Archer. “The festival site in Newport News Park is primarily dirt and grass and the significant amount of rain projected from the low pressure system will cause the area to be unsafe for festival visitors, vendors and staff.”

Current forecasts call for up to 10” of rain from now through the weekend, even ahead of Hurricane Joaquin should it make landfall sometime Sunday or later. While there is still a significant amount of uncertainty in terms of the forecast for Hurricane Joaquin, the low pressure system that is approaching the area from the southwest is threatening very heavy rainfall amounts.

Canceled Events in Suffolk

The Peanut Fest Parade and Pre-Parade Reception, 5K/1Mile Walk/Run have been canceled for Saturday, October 3rd.

Skydive Suffolk advises that the Jumping for a Purpose event scheduled at the Suffolk Executive Airport has been canceled for Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday October 4th.

Suffolk Boys & Girls Club BBQ and Oyster Roast scheduled at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina has been canceled for Saturday, October 3rd.

Suffolk Farmers’ Market at the Pavilion at the Suffolk Visitor Center has been canceled for Saturday, October 3rd.

The Touch a Truck, Train and More event scheduled at the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum has been canceled for Saturday, October 3rd.

Lipton advises that their 60th Anniversary Celebration scheduled at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina has been canceled for Sunday, October 4th and rescheduled for Sunday, November 15th.

The Suffolk City Council Retreat scheduled for Thursday, October 1st and Friday, October 2, 2015 has been cancelled due to projected inclement weather over the next several days

Surry County Football Game

The football game for Friday night has been rescheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Surry County High School.   Surry County Cougars will play the Franklin Broncos.

Neptune Festival Sandsculpting Championship viewing

In yet another weather blow to the 2015 Neptune Festival, the festival’s International Sandsculpting Championship venue open this week for extended viewing will close effective Wednesday.

Though the adverse weather is not expected to begin moving into the area until Thursday, the Neptune Festival and its crews need time to safely disassemble the 300′ tent that houses the sand sculptures before the winds and rains make it impossible.

27th Annual Virginia Children’s Festival
We are watching weather patterns associated with Hurricane Joaquin closely.  Its’ movement over the next several days has determined our best course of action to ensure the safety of our guests and team members is to cancel the Annual Virginia Children’s Festival scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10am-3pm.

2015 Biplanes and Triplanes Airshow

The 2015 Biplanes and Triplanes Airshow, scheduled to be held October 3-4 in Virginia Beach has been canceled due to forecasted foul weather. There are no plans to reschedule the airshow this year but it is planned to return in 2016.

For attendees that have already purchased their tickets, they can either be turned in for a full refund or they can be exchanged for tickets to the 2016 Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show, coming up May 21-22. By trading in their tickets, attendees will save $10 per ticket on the normal Warbirds ticket prices. The refund policy only applies to purchased tickets.

Virginia Beach Police 2nd Precinct Community Survey

Walkers 5K and Zombie Fest

Due to Hurricane Joaquin, this event has been moved to October 10th.

Norfolk First Fridays event

Five-Alarm Festival and Chili Cook-Off

The Five-Alarm Festival & Chili Cook-Off, originally scheduled for this Saturday, October 3, noon – 4:00 p.m. in downtown Hampton’s Carousel Park, has been canceled due to this weekend’s forecast of heavy rain. There is currently no reschedule date.

For more information on the Five-Alarm Festival & Chili Cook-Off, dial 757/727-1212.

Mounted Patrol Family Fun Day

The Mounted Patrol Family Fun Day, scheduled for Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. has been cancelled. It had been rescheduled for this coming spring.

More information and events will be added as they are received.

Crawlin’ Crab Sports and Fitness Expo, Half Marathon, 5k, Kids Kilometer and Craft Brew Fest

Due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor of Virginia, and the severe impact of Hurricane Joaquin, J&A Racing and the City of Hampton have canceled the Crawlin’ Crab Sports and Fitness Expo, Half Marathon, 5k, Kids Kilometer and Craft Brew Fest for October 2-4.

They are exploring the possibility of rescheduling the event to a later date, and will notify the public once a final decision has been made. There is no further information at this time.

War of the Wings in Virginia Beach

The War of the Wings has been rescheduled from its original October 3rd date due to inclement weather. 

Click here for more details on the event.

Portsmouth’s First Fridays Courtyard Concert

The concert is cancelled, but event coordinators say they’re still working on the 2016 line up for the concert.

Chesapeake Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park events scheduled this Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, at Chesapeake City Park are rescheduled to the alternate rain dates of Saturday and Sunday, October 24 (5K Doggy Dash), and October 25 (Bark in the Park Fun Fest).

State Fair of Virginia

Due to the threat of heavy rain and possible severe weather, the State Fair of Virginia will close at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 and will not reopen for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Patrons who purchased but have not yet used single-day, admission tickets and season passes will be able to exchange them via mail for a single-day admission ticket for the 2016 State Fair of Virginia, which will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 9. Unused Ride Wristband vouchers can be exchanged via mail for a wristband voucher for the 2016 State Fair.

Norfolk Arbor Day Family Festival

Due to the impending impact of Hurricane Joaquin, the City of Norfolk Tree Commission has cancelled the Norfolk Arbor Day Family Festival that was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 3. The event will not be rescheduled.

Peninsula Fine Art Center’s exhibition “American Scenery”

In anticipation of inclement weather, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s final free guided tour for its exhibition, “American Scenery,” has been rescheduled from Sunday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 11. PFAC’s Free Weekend, offering free admission on the first weekend of every month, will remain in place for Oct. 3 & 4.

The free docent-led tour will begin at 2 p.m. and guests will learn about the Hudson River School artists, 19th-century America and the way the artists were influenced by ideas of the time, from transcendentalism to Manifest Destiny. Guests are asked to RSVP to cdonne@pfac-va.org.

 Drive-Through Flu Shot Event

Bon Secours Hampton Roads has announced that their annual Free Drive-Through Flu Shot Day on Saturday, October 3 has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.  Bon Secours will offer the vaccines on Saturday, October 17, from 8 am to 11 am while supplies last.

Bacon, Bourbon & Beach Music Festival

Due to the severe inclement weather and unavoidable safety concerns, Smithfield VA Events has cancelled the 2015 Bacon, Bourbon & Beach Music Festival scheduled for this Saturday, October 3rd.

All individual ticket purchasers will receive a refund as soon as the special event insurance claim is processed. The event will not be rescheduled.

The Norfolk Branch NAACP 58th Life Membership and Freedom Fund Luncheon

The Norfolk Branch NAACP 58th Life Membership and Freedom Fund Luncheon Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 at 12:00pm has been postponed
to Saturday, Oct. 17 at 12:00pm.

The Second City: Fully Loaded

Due to severe weather,  The Second City: Fully Loaded originally scheduled for Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. has been postponed to Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Previously purchased tickets will be honored or may be returned to the original point of purchase for a refund. Please contact the box office at 757-722-2787 for more details.

Hampton Roads Navy Ball

The Hampton Roads Navy Ball scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd has been postponed.  The new date for this event is Friday, October 30th at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.  All purchased tickets will be honored on this new date.  For more information call 757-222-5375.

Lions Charity Foundation Bid ‘N Buy Auction

The Lions Charity Foundation of District 24D has postponed their annual Bid ‘N Buy Auction scheduled for Saturday, October 3, at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church due to weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 7, at 11:00 a.m. at the same location.

Canceled events in York County

The Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert scheduled for Friday, October 2, has been cancelled. This concert will not be rescheduled.

All York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) and privately sponsored youth and adult sports activities scheduled for play on county fields at school and park sites including the McReynolds Athletic Complex (formerly the York County Sports Complex) have been cancelled.

All PRT youth and adult tennis activities, including the Back Creek Open Tennis Tournament have been cancelled. The tournament will not be rescheduled.

The Beach Picnic Area located at the intersection of Water and Comte de Grasse streets will be closed on Sunday. The picnic area will reopen on Monday following assessment and the clearing of any debris that may occur following higher than normal tides.

The Yorktown Wine Festival scheduled for Saturday, October 3, has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 25. Information about the Wine Festival can be found by visiting http://www.visityorktown.org.

The York County Public Library will operate under normal hours this weekend: Friday, close at 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.