The world's best show jumpers will be featured at the American Gold Cup and Fall Festival Thursday through next Sunday at the Devon show grounds in Devon, Pa.
Only those horses that qualify in the Welcome Class on Friday evening can enter Sunday's $85,000 Gold Cup. The four-day event opens Thursday with the International Jumping futurity, a proving ground for young jumpers and an Intermediate Jumper class. In addition to the Welcome Stake on Friday is the Open Jumper competition. Saturday's agenda includes jumping and sidesaddle classes and the Amateur-Owner Stake in the evening. The competition concludes with the Gold Cup finals at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
But horses are not the only attraction. You'll find family entertainment throughout the four days along with shopping opportunities. Boutiques set up on the fairgrounds will be stocked with sporting clothes, fine jewelry, prints, sculptures and arts and crafts. Activities for children will be featured Saturday with hay rides, pony rides and a petting zoo, as well as a celebrity dog show.
Gates open each day at 10 a.m. General admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, reserved seating ranges in price from $5 to $15. Proceeds benefit the Germantown Hospital and Medical Center in Philadelphia. For information, call (215) 951-8879 or (215) 438-8383.
Chadds Ford Days
A drive to the Brandywine Valley is fine for a day trip. Combine it with one of the popular fall events, Chadds Ford Days, and you should have a delightful day. This Colonial-type fair, now in its 27th year, will be held Saturday and next Sunday (rain or shine) in the meadow opposite the John Chads House on state Route 100, one quarter mile north of U.S. Route 1.
More than 70 juried craftspeople dressed in Colonial costume will sell their wares. The type of wood found in Colonial America is the theme for this year's fair, with members of the First State Woodworkers Guild and local cabinetmakers on hand to demonstrate traditional techniques. You'll also see an antique log cabin and displays of antique woodworking tools. New exhibitors this year are a Shaker box maker, primitive furniture reproduction and children's furniture makers, and a classical American eagle carver. A variety of picnic foods will be available.
There's also lots of entertainment -- bluegrass, jazz and folk music, a storyteller, a strolling piper and square dancers. Children can attend a puppet show in the barn or enjoy a Kids Korner with games, pony rides, antique car rides and a kids' country store.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, 50 cents for children under 12. For information, contact the Chadds Ford Historical Society, sponsors of the event, at (215) 388-7376.
Hampshire Heritage Days
Next weekend would be a good time to visit West Virginia. The Hampshire Heritage Days Celebration offers three fun-filled days from Friday to next Sunday in Romney, W.Va.
The list of attractions is extensive -- everything from historic house and winery tours to antique cars, heritage crafts, musical entertainment and military encampments. There will be three Civil War re-enactment groups as well as a French and Indian War encampment and a Buckskinners camp. Horse-drawn trolley rides and stagecoach, carriage, pony and burro rides will be available, or you can take a scenic railroad excursion along the South Branch River that includes a mock ambush by a Civil War group, the Maryland Signal Corps.
The sixth annual Antique & Collectible Show & Sale, featured in Antique Week, will bring dealers from six states, and collectibles ranging from Victoriana to tramp art. The free show will run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hampshire County Public Library.
There are some admissions, but much is free. For information, call (304) 822-5013.
The 1814 Battle of North Point saved Baltimore from the British and turned the tide of the War of 1812. A re-enactment of the battle will be held Saturday at Fort Howard Park near Edgemere.
As part of the day's living history program from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can experience military and civilian camp life of the era with demonstrations of crafts and cooking, a period fashion show and period entertainment. Food of the kind available in the early 19th century will be for sale.
There will be three battle re-enactments, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Actors will portray General John Stricker, commander of the Maryland Militia during the battle, Francis Scott Key, Mary Pickersgill and other prominent figures of the time.
Admission is $3 for ages 16 and older; free for those under 16. Take the Baltimore Beltway to Exit 42 and follow the signs. For information, call (410) 282-9100.
The Museum of American Frontier Culture in Staunton, Va., will hold its annual Traditional Frontier Festival Saturday and next Sunday.