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“Go Fest” Gets Roanoke Outside

If you love the great outdoors, then mark your calendar for Roanoke’s 2017 Go Fest, a celebration of all the outdoor activities that Southwest Virginians adore. The event, sponsored by Anthem, has a schedule chock full of events and demonstrations pertaining to recreational activities that are popular in our area, such as hiking, biking, and camping.

One of the more popular events at Go Fest is the Ultimate Air Dogs show, the premier dock jumping dog show in the country. Other popular demonstrations include the Keen Timberworks Lumberjack Show and the ENO Silent Disco.

The event takes place from October 13th-15th at the Rivers Edge Sports Complex, and admission is free. Food and beverages, including craft beer from local breweries, are available for purchase from a variety of vendors.

For more information and a schedule of events, go to

SML Plans Wine Festival

The 2017 Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will take place Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th at Crazy Horse Marina. This marks the second year that the event has taken place on waterfront property.

Widely known as the area’s most popular event, the SML Wine Festival hosts 29 Virginia wineries and over 85 food and craft vendors. Guests may also attend the SML Beer Garden featuring two area breweries, Chaos Mountain and Sunken City.

For added ambience, patrons can purchase a private chalet which includes a tent, banquet and cocktail tables, and a fenced in area.

This year’s musical guests are Barefoot West and Fuzzy Logic (Saturday), and Hip Pocket Band (Sunday).

Admission is $25 for tasters and $15 for non-tasters. Tickets may be purchased online at or in-person at many area businesses. A full list of vendors, as well as details about the event, can also be found on the website.

Tips for Prepping Your Home for Sale

Putting your home on the market requires more than taking a few photos and sticking a sign in the lawn. The real estate market is incredibly competitive, and if you want house hunters to hone in on your property rather than your neighbors down the street, then it’s time to get serious about selling your home. Here are a few tips to consider:

Hire an Experienced Agent

You might be handy at DIY projects from Pinterest, but real estate is not a subject you want to tackle on your own. Hiring an experienced agent will afford you the best possible chances of selling your home. A good real estate agent will help you determine a fair asking price, and will use their network of connections to market your home to an engaged audience.  They also know laws governing real estate transactions, and will help you navigate all aspects of the experience, from countering an offer to closing.

Start De-Cluttering

When house hunters tour your property, they want to imagine themselves living there…and that might be hard to do if you have personal belongings strewn everywhere. Go through your closets and cabinets and make them look as presentable as possible. And do your best to minimize clutter seeping back in.

Repair or Replace

If you have a loose paver on your walkway or have chipped grout in your bathroom, now is a good time to fix it. During the walkthrough, prospects are making a mental list of every foreseeable repair and renovation. And while you can’t change their opinion on matters of personal taste, you can keep future repairs to a minimum by fixing them prior to listing.

Always Be Prepared

If your realtor calls and says that she’ll be there in ten minutes with a prospective buyer, you don’t want to be scrubbing toilets and folding laundry as she rings the doorbell. Keep your cleaning supplies stocked up and close by so that you can do a quick run-through and have your home showroom-ready in a few minutes.

If you’re ready to list your Smith Mountain Lake home, contact Vicki Millehan. Vicki is one of the most experienced and successful realtors at Smith Mountain Lake. Her expertise is invaluable to those looking for single family homes, condos, waterfront properties, vacation homes, or farmland. Visit www.Vicki Millehan for more information.