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July 16, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: Fair president leads volunteers

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“I never wanted to go anywhere else,” Brenda Rich says of Fauquier.
I love it. There is no other reason. Everyone on the board loves it . . . . I participated in the fair as a kid and got back into it when I had kids. We are grateful for so many volunteers and donated equipment. This year, we have the most sponsors we have ever had.
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She helps run the show at the Fauquier County Fair.

A familiar face in the community, Brenda Rich has volunteered as president of the annual fair since 1998 and has worked as a real estate agent in Fauquier and surrounding counties since 1978.

As fair president, she raises funds and helps run day-to-day operations during this year’s 64th annual event, Thursday to Sunday, July 17-20.

The time-consuming position involves constant planning up to a year in advance.

“I love it. There is no other reason. Everyone on the board loves it . . . .

“I participated in the fair as a kid and got back into it when I had kids. We are grateful for so many volunteers and donated equipment. This year, we have the most sponsors (more than 65) we have ever had,” Mrs. Rich says.

A Fauquier native, she has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations over the years, including 4-H and Habitat for Humanity.

Her dedication to her community earned her the 2013 Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year award.

• Age

• Home

• Work
President of the Fauquier County Fair since 1998 — a volunteer position. In charge of organizing the fair, fundraising, sponsorships and running day-to-day operations during the four day event. This year she is in charge of food vendors, the carnival, and entertainment. Every year she attends the International Association of Fairs and Expositions convention to network and scout potential entertainers for the fair.

Full-time real estate agent since 1978; currently with Century 21 New Millennium.

• Why do you do the job?
I love it. There is no other reason. Everyone on the (fair) board loves it.
I participated in the fair as a kid and got back into it when I had kids. We are grateful for so many volunteers and donated equipment. This year, we have the most sponsors we have ever had (more than 65).

On real estate: I’ve always liked helping people find the house of their dreams.

• Family
Husband, Roy; three children, Christopher White and his wife Laura; Kateland Rich, who works as her mother’s assistant real estate agent; Zach Rich and wife Katie.

• Education
Fauquier High School, 1977.

• Civic involvement
Member of the Fauquier County Fair Board of Directors since 1995; Fauquier Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 2013.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Fifty-five years; I’ve always lived here.

• Why do you live here?
I never wanted to go anywhere else.

• How do you describe this county?
Beautiful, diverse. The people are nice, and I think that is one of the reasons why you stay here.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Nothing really. Maybe have more restaurants.

• What do you do for fun?
Read and I love to entertain friends at our house.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
The fairgrounds.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
It will change to some degree, but not a huge amount of change.

• Favorite TV show?

• Favorite movie?
I don’t have one.

• Favorite book?

I like Vince Flynn’s novels and any action-packed books.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Nags Head, The Outer Banks, North Carolina.

• Favorite food?


• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
If you don’t know the answer, I would say I’ll find out or try to find out. Milton Harding, my first real estate broker told me that.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My family, for putting up with me.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably pay off the mortgage on the Fauquier County Fairgrounds.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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spiritbear · July 22, 2014 at 11:45 am
Brenda and the Fair Board has worked tirelessly throughout the years, giving countless hours to make "Our" County Fair a hugh success. We are very fortunate to have Brenda at the Helm. Thanks!
fauquierflash · July 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm
We are grateful to have Brenda and here group of volunteers committing to the work they do.
Thanks so much
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