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VIRGINIA ANGUS ASSOCIATION TO HOST PRESIDENTIAL TOUR

The Virginia Angus Association will host a “Presidential Angus Tour” Aug. 23-25, 2009. Attendees will have the opportunity to take pleasure in Virginia's well-known Southern hospitality, view some outstanding cattle from premier breeders in the state and experience some of the United States' historical landmarks. This tour will include stops at several Angus farms in the Northern and Central Virginia as well as stops at two presidential homes—Monticello and Montpelier.

Registration for the Presidential Angus Tour is $80 per person before July 20 and $130 per person after, and includes a reception on Sunday, Aug. 23, lunch and dinner on Monday and Tuesday, admission to Monticello and Montpelier and an embroidered fleece jacket. The final registration deadline is Aug. 12, 2009.

The headquarters hotel for the tour is the Doubletree Hotel in historical Charlottesville, Va. Rooms are available starting Saturday, Aug. 22 through Tuesday August 25, at a rate of $109 for single or $119 for double rooms (tax not included). The room prices include a breakfast buffet. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 434-973-2121. Please ask for the Virginia Angus rate when making room reservations. Participants can fly directly into the Charlottesville/Albermarle Regional Airport and travel to the hotel via the provided hotel transportation.

All participants are encouraged to come in a day early and attend the 2009 Virginia Cattlemen's Field Day. The Field Day will be hosted by Edgewood Angus in West Point, Va. This event will feature cattle and equipment displays as well as a panel discussion. The panel will include Mark McCully, Director of Supply Development for Certified Angus Beef LLC; Brian House, Program Manager of Select Sires; and Mark Gardiner, President of Gardiner Angus Ranch.

For more information about the Presidential Angus Tour or to print the registration form, visit www.vaangus.org or call the Virginia Angus Association office at 540-337-3001.

A schedule of events follows:

Sunday, August 23, 2009

5:00-7:00p.m. -- Welcome Reception at Headquarters Hotel; Hors d'oeurves and cash bar.

Monday, August 24, 2009

7:00 a.m. -- Tour buses leave for Northern Virginia.

8:15 a.m. -- Mystic Hill Farm – Culpeper, Va.

10:30 a.m. -- Clifton Angus Farm -- Berryville, Va.

12:15 p.m. -- Locust Hill Farm – Middleburg, Va. – Lunch

2:30 p.m. -- Lazy Lane Farm – Upperville, Va.

4:00 p.m. -- Whitestone Farm – Aldie, Va. – Dinner.

8:00 p.m. -- Arrive back at hotel.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8:50 a.m. -- Tour buses leave for Montpelier.

9:30 a.m. -- Montpelier Guided Tour.

11:45 a.m. -- McConnell Angus Farm – Somerset, Va. – Lunch.

2:45 p.m. -- Monticello Guided Tour.

5:45 p.m. -- Murcielago Farm – Scottsville, Va. – Dinner

8:30 p.m. -- Arrive back at hotel

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