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Ladysmith Day was a success

Ladysmith is a small community with big pride.

The Caroline County locale recently hosted Ladysmith Day, a daylong event that unified residents and celebrated what makes the area unique.

Event coordinator and Ladysmith resident Eric Deibel said the idea came about last fall.

He said neighborhoods, churches and local organizations were all having their own events, but there hadn’t been a community-wide event in several years.

"I believed that the people in Ladysmith could use an event like this as a bonding experience, and to create a better feeling of community among all of us," Deibel said.

He said about 2,000 people attended the various activities, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

There was a street festival that included local businesses and craft vendors.

Military personnel could receive free massages, and football fans got to meet Redskins legend Pat Fischer, who signed autographs to raise money for the Caroline County Food Pantry.

"It’s a great community, and it’s nice to see everybody get together to celebrate it," said Ladysmith resident Trevor Whittaker.

Youngsters, such as 5-year-old Skyler McMillion of Ruther Glen, enjoyed face painting, a moon bounce and other children’s activities.

There were also clowns, a magician, an Elvis impersonator and other music performers.

That was perfect for Lake Land’Or residents Maria Frazier and Monty Kenney, who were looking for something to do with their three daughters.

A group of trolleys transported attendees to different areas in Ladysmith. That allowed people from outside of areas such as Lake Caroline and Lake Land’Or to see what it is like within the gated communities.

The communities even hosted some activities. There was a water-ski com petition at Lake Caroline, a cookout at the Ladysmith Fire Department, yard sales at Ladysmith Commons and Lake Land’Or, and ice cream at Pendleton.

A talent competition was held at the Virginia Bazaar flea market.

"I consider it to have been a success, especially for the first year for the event," Deibel said. "Vendors made sales, nonprofits raised money, local businesses gained additional exposure, and people from as far away as D.C. and North Carolina came to see what Ladysmith had to offer."

The second Ladysmith Day will be held next year on May 22.