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October 5, 2018

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Scarecrows in Old Town

Photo/Cassandra Brown
The Francis Fauquier Garden Club and almost two dozen other organizations and businesses will have creative scarecrows in Old Town Warrenton for Halloween.

Organizations and businesses had agreed to decorate Old Town Warrenton lampposts with scarecrows as of Thursday.

Eleven already have installed displays on Courthouse Square and along Main Street to Fifth Street.

“It’s something to make our town look good, festive and fun,” explains Rachel Pierce, executive director of Familes-4-Fauquier, a Warrenton nonprofit that organized the project. “We want to draw a crowd to Old Town” for Oct. 5’s First Friday celebration.

A committee of judges will award first-, second- and third-place ribbons for the most creative scarecrows.


The amount Midland’s Dayspring Mennonite Church raised at its benefit auction and bake sale Friday, Sept. 28.

That money will be donated to CareNet Pregnancy Centers in Manassas and Woodbridge and two Mennonite-affiliated organizations — New Horizons Ministries of Cannon City, Colo., and Good Life Ministries of India.

The church auctioned about 475 donated items and services, including small kitchen appliances, quilts, furniture, power tools, toys, vehicle oil changes, chiropractic sessions and music lessons, according to Dennis Reitz, the event’s assistant chairman.

Mr. Reitz estimated at least 1,000 people attended the 17th annual event, which took place at the church on Catlett Road.


The median age of Fauquier residents, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate.

The county’s median age exceeds that of the state and nation by almost four years.

And, Fauquier’s population continues to age rapidly, as the county Comprehensive Plan notes:

“The aging of the Baby Boomers, coupled with a decline in the fertility rate, is leading Fauquier County into unchartered territory. By 2025, for the first time in the County’s history, the population aged 65 and over will outnumber the school aged population. This shift in age distribution is likely to have effects on the County’s economy, housing, community facilities, and the built environment in general as more funds will be required to meet the needs of the booming older population.”


Visitors the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail recorded in the first nine months of this year — up 30 percent from all of last year.

Open six days a week, the museum had 3,457 visitors in 2017.

At 10 Ashby St. in Warrenton, the museum regularly hosts lectures and history tours, in addition to its regular exhibits.


Hair salons and barbershops have business licenses in Fauquier County:

• 40 in Warrenton.

• 3 in Remington.

• 1 in The Plains.

• 13 outside of incorporated towns — including Bealeton and Marshall.
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