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Ruritan History
Deep Creek Ruritan Club
Supporting our Community
40th Annual BeefFest
September 20, 2014

Theme for This Year's Beef Fest:  Our BeefFest Theme this year is "Ready Ruritan" in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. Ready Ruritan is all about partnering with local, State, Federal, Non-Governmental Agencies, and Private Businesses and Industry in a team effort to educate the Ruritan membership and local citizens about emergency preparedness. It is our hope that through the "Ready Ruritan" Program we can help mitigate the effects of disaster.  Click here to review our BeefFest 2014 T-Shirt.

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Food and Beverages served 2:45 to 6:00 p.m.: Texas-style BBQ beef, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, special sauce, and hot dogs on request for the kids. Beer, mixed beverages, iced tea, lemonade, and soft drinks. All you can eat and all you can drink.

Ticket Availability:
Bank of Hampton Roads (Deep Creek), Lawrence Pharmacy, MRO Computers & Astronomy, Bill Robins CPA Office, West Service Center, and any Ruritan member. Tickets purchased in advance are $25. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $30. Children may be admitted if accompanied by an adult with a ticket: 12 years old and under-No Charge; 13-17 years of age-Half Price; 18 years of age-Full Price.

Active Duty Military $5 Discount:
This will apply to both active duty military personnel and spouse. On tickets sold to active duty military either in advance or at the gate, the military discount wording on the tickets should be circled.

Group Ticket Sales:
Any group that purchases a block of 20 or more tickets will receive a $5 discount on each ticket. Any group that purchases a block of 10 tickets will receive a complimentary ticket.

Gate Location: The main gate will be at the road where the temporary fencing ends. Customers will park first, then enter the gate and present their ticket. The Gate ommittee will stamp the back of their hand. The hand stamp will be required in order to be served.

Welcome Table
: Workers at the welcome table in the Isaak Walton facility will greet customers and check identifications for issuing bands required for access to alcoholic beverages. They will also provide information about Ruritan in general and Deep Creek Ruritans in particular.

Handicapped Parking and Takeout Parking
will be available across the road from the building.

 BeefFest Activities

"Ready Ruritan" Program Kick-off and Preparedness Fair: This year's BeefFest will include Deep Creek Ruritans "Ready Ruritan" Program Kick-Off and First Annual Preparedness Fair.  Stop by the Ready Ruritan Tent to learn about local hazards from City of Chesapeake Emergency Management Representatives, and Representatives from the National Weather Service.  Learn  how to develop a family emergency plan, and how to build a family emergency kit from the American Red Cross, and local Citizen's Corps Groups such as the Chesapeake Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  Both Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP) Program and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) will also be on hand to share tips to keep you and your family safe

Face Painting by Red Barn Studios (RETURNING): Kathy Rose will be on hand to do face painting for the kids and may even make some balloon animals as well!

Blockheads (RETURNING):
Great fun for the kids will be provided as they see incredible creative structures made from legos and have an opportunity to try building something themselves.

Inflatables - Bouncer (both large and small), Bungee Run, Jousting, and Dunk Tank (RETURNING):
JLT & Associates to provide these items for the most family friendly BeefFest in Deep Creek Ruritan

RC Monster Trucks (RETURNING):
Thanks to Joey Gargaro for making this possible!

Pony Rides (RETURNING)
for kids courtesy of Jacquie Grubb of Grubb Grove Horse Farm.

Corn Hole (RETURNING):
Customers are welcome to bring their sets and play corn hole in designated areas. We also plan to have a tournament operated by Backyard Games.

: Sunbelt Rentals will once again provide that incredible stage that we had last year!

Directions to Isaak Walton Park: Follow George Washington Highway from Interstate 64 or Military Highway
south for approximately one mile. Cross the bridge over the Dismal Swamp Canal and proceed straight ahead
to the intersection with Shipyard Road (Elementary School on left corner). Turn left onto Shipyard Road and
proceed about ¾ mile to signs showing where to turn left onto gravel road leading into Izaak Walton Park.

Questions - Call 487-9614

The Deep Creek Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT) meets at the clubhouse on the first Monday at 7:00 of each month.  We are the first responders for any type of disasters in our community. 
More information can be found at:

The Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CCPAAA) meets at the Deep Creek Ruritan clubhouse at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month.  The Citizens Police Academy is a 14-week program (one 3-hour class per week) designed to acquaint Chesapeake citizens with the many facets of our city's police department.  Two sessions are normally held each year - one in the Spring and one in the Fall.  Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are eligible to join the CCPAAA.  For more information about the Citizens Police Academy, contact Neil Morgan at <>.  Additional information about the CCPAAA is posted on their Facebook page - "Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association."