Beaver Dam Farm Sunflowers, which places on the favored Buchanan pageant centered on the flower, captured the highest award on this yr’s Gauntlet Enterprise Program and Competitors.
The nonprofit Development Basis held its seventh annual awards ceremony on Could 27. Candace Monaghan, who founded the sunflower festival, was awarded practically $24,000 in money and in-kind prizes.
The Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Pageant is an agritourism occasion designed to diversify revenue on the Botetourt County farm. The pageant, which is held in September, additionally options craft distributors, dwell music and meals.
In 2016, sunflowers had been planted on the farm and Monaghan got here up with the concept for the pageant. Annually, the pageant attracts 1000’s of visitors to the farm, which has been within the household since 1900.
This yr, 104 companies participated in The Gauntlet, which started in February and is open to entrepreneurs who wish to begin or develop companies within the area. After a number of weeks of courses, it culminated in a contest, by which 56 companies competed for money and in-kind prizes, in keeping with a information launch.
This system expanded its geographic footprint in 2021, inviting individuals within the broader Bedford County space along with the Roanoke Valley, Alleghany Highlands and Rockbridge County.