The International Gold Cup in The Plains, which features some of the country's finest steeplechase horses, will hold its 67th running this weekend. The race was first held at Grasslands Downs in Tennessee in 1930, when the king of Spain awarded a gold trophy to the winner. After moving to Rolling Rock in Pennsylvania, it came to Virginia in 1984. Food and beverages will be sold, or bring a picnic lunch. Spectators should bring a blanket or chair. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday for pre-race festivities including pony and terrier races, a parade of carriages, tailgate competitions and a children's Halloween costume contest. The eight races over timber and brush, the first of which is at 1 p.m., have a total purse of $150,000. $50, in advance; $60, week of the race. A car pass admits one vehicle with up to six occupants. Ages 12 and younger free with an adult. Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains. 540-347-1215 or


Twenty-two farms are participating in this year's Loudoun Farm Color Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A self-guided driving tour will feature alpacas, cattle, horses, goats, sheep, pigs and other animals in their natural environments. Participants can visit wineries and pick pumpkins, apples, flowers, herbs and more. Brochures and maps are available at county libraries, community centers, the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association in Leesburg and local businesses. Free. Country breakfast, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. Includes biscuits, gravy, sausage and eggs. $5, adults; $3, children. Reservations required. 703-421-6024. Tour information, 800-568-3686. A form can be downloaded at


Oatlands Plantation will hold its fall antiques fair Saturday and Sunday. More than 150 dealers are expected. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oatlands, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. $9; includes admission to the mansion and gardens at Oatlands, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property. 703-777-3174 or

International Gold Cup races will be Saturday at the Great Meadow course.