This weekend marks the start of Loudoun’s annual county fair, now in its 73rd year, as well as the Frederick County Fair in Winchester. In honor of the festivities, I’ve compiled a list of upcoming county and community fairs in Northern Virginia and will create a page for easy access later. I included info on admission prices when it was available on the Web sites…
July 27-August 2
73rd Annual Loudoun County Fair
17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg
Web site: http://www.LoudounCountyFair.com
A true country fair featuring 4-H animals, crafts, carnival rides, entertainment, food, livestock auctions, professional bull riding, and a mini demolition derby. Enjoy a carnival, children’s activities, educational demonstrations, a pet show, vendors, kiss-a-pig contest, and much more! Visit the Web site for a schedule of events.
Admission: $10 for ages 13 and up; $5 for ages 6-12; and free for kids younger than 6. Weekly passes also are available; see Web site for more info.
Deals: Families should be sure to visit Thursday, July 31, when admission is free for all kids under 15 years old under 4 p.m. Entertainment that day includes agriculture magic shows, Animal Ambassadors show at 1:15 p.m., and petting zoo.
Frederick County Fair
Rt. 11 North at Clearbrook exit, Winchester
Web site: http://www.frederickcountyfair.com
Demolition derby, beauty pageants, live bluegrass music, lawnmower racing, carnival, livestock shows, petting zoos and more await you at the fair! For a complete schedule of events, visit the web site.
Admission: $5 for 12 years and older; $2 for ages 6-11; free for kids 5 and younger.
Deals: On Fair Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, rides all night for one special price of $15.
Warren County Fair
26 Fairgrounds Road, Front Royal
Web site: http://www.warrencountyfair.com/
Two days before the fair begins, country music queen Loretta Lynn is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. General admission for the performance is $30 and reserved seating is $35. Purchase tickets online. During Fair Week, enjoy family fun, live entertainment and animal shows in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Arlington County Fair
3501 South Second Street, Arlington
Web site: http://www.arlingtoncountyfair.org
Arlington’s largest annual multiday event features carnival rides, amusements, competitive exhibits, arts and crafts, great food from many countries, live entertainment, pony rides, pig races, goat races, and a petting zoo.
Prince William County Fair
10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas
Web site: http://www.pwcfair.com/
The 59th Annual Prince William County Fair returns for more spectacular fun as the largest county fair in the state of Virginia. With concerts, rides, games, and fun for the whole family, come see why smiling visitors return year after year for each day of the fair. Ticket price includes admission to fair, midway entertainment, exhibits and displays, barn shows, and grandstand events. Ride tickets must be purchased separately.
Admission: $7 for ages 7-59; $5 for ages 3-6; $5 for 60+; children under 2 free. Advance tickets also available through Aug. 7.
Deals: On Friday, Aug. 8, admission and ride wrist bands will be half price! That’s $3.50 for adult admission and only $8 for the wristband. Dollar Day will be Wednesday, Aug. 13. Admission and rides are only $1 each!
Clarke County Fair
890 West Main St., Berryville
Web site: http://www.clarkecountyfair.org/
This year’s county fair features demolition derbies, bull riding, tractor pulls, lawnmower races and the ever popular pig scrambles!
Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children 15 years and younger, free for preschoolers. Six-day tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids.
Deals: Wednesday, Aug. 13, is Children’s Day, when kids 15 years and younger get in free until 5 p.m.
August 23 and 24
42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg
Web site: http://www.luckettsfair.com/
Juried, handmade crafts, quality antiques and historic and country-life demonstrations are the centerpiece of the fair, with bluegrass bands playing in an outdoor gazebo. Two additional stages offer live music and family entertainment, all included in the admission price. Folks will enjoy down-home food like hand-churned ice cream, ribs and country ham sandwiches. There is fun for all ages with country contests like pie-eating and rooster-crowing. Younger kids flock to the farmyard petting zoo, tractor pedal pulls and pony rides in the woods.
Admission: $8 for everyone over age 6; kids under age 6 are free
September 20 and 21
33846 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont
Web site: http://www.bluemontfair.com/
The annual fair celebrates the Village of Bluemont’s heritage in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Demos of historic craft-making, live music, games and activities, a children’s fair, plus lots of food!
Admission: $5 for everyone 12 years and older, free for children under 12 years.
Downtown Waterford, Loudoun COunty
Tel.: (540) 882-3018
Web site: http://www.waterfordfoundation.org/fair/index.html
Join us for Virginia’s oldest juried crafts fair, held throughout the National Historic Landmark Village of Waterford, which was founded by Quakers in 1733. The fair offers historic homes tours, 160 juried heritage craftspeople with hands-on demonstrations, activities for children, traditional music and dance, Colonial-era militia encampments, marching fife and drum corps, and Civil War re-enactors with skirmishes all weekend.
Admission: $13 for everyone 12 years and older in advance, $15 at the gate, free for kids younger than 12