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July 10, 2017

67th Fauquier County Fair opens Wednesday

Click above to watch fair headliner Jason Michael Carroll perform “Close Enough.”
File Photo/Cassandra Brown
The fair’s final truck and tractor pull will start at 6 p.m. Friday.
Jason Michael Carroll will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday.
2017 Fauquier County Fair
• Theme: “A Treasure Chest of Fauquier’s Best.”

• What: Livestock shows, pageants, camel rides, petting zoo, eating contests, carnival rides, exhibits, demonstrations, truck and tractor pull, music, food, and more.

• When: 2 to 11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, July 12-14; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

• Where: 6209 Old Auburn Road, east of Warrenton.

• Tickets at gate: Adults, $10; youth ages 12 and younger, $5; babies in arms, free; adult military, $5; senior citizens 65 and older, $5; pre-sale discounts available online.


Highlights

> 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, Jason Michael Carroll in concert.

> 6 p.m. Friday, July 14, Truck and tractor pull.

> 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Blue ribbon dinner.

> 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, Lawn mower races.

• Phone: 540-351-6086

• Website: Click here.

• Facebook: Click here.

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Staff Journalist
The largest agriculture event in the community, the 67th annual Fauquier County Fair, opens this week.

From Wednesday to Saturday, July 12-15, citizens can enjoy carnival rides, contests, livestock and craft exhibits, music and food at the fairgrounds just east of Warrenton.

Country music singer Jason Michael Carroll will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, the fair’s final truck and tractor pull will start at 6 p.m.

A condition of the fair’s zoning permit disallows continuation of the high-volume event after this year.

The traditional Blue Ribbon Dinner returns this year on Saturday with locally-sourced fruit, vegetables, pork, beef and homemade desserts for $10 per person.

An all-you-can-eat breakfast will start at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Lawn mower races at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will conclude the four-day event’s competitions. The fair will conclude at 11 o’clock that night.

This year, the fair will open later on weekdays.

“We changed up the schedule a bit. We’re not opening up until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” President Brenda Rich said. “It’s been so hot that we haven’t had a crowd during the day, so we decided to open later.”

About 10,000 to 12,000 attend the fair each year. But, last year attendance dropped because of the heat, Ms. Rich said.

“We’re still going to have some of the animal shows in the morning,” she added. “People can come and see those, and they won’t get charged to come in.”

About 150 volunteers remain crucial to the fair’s success.

“Everyone’s a volunteer. We’re already working on next year’s fair. It takes a year to plan it,” Ms. Rich said. “All 30 board members are volunteers. No one here gets paid. We try to do the best we can for the citizens of the community and hopefully everyone enjoys it.”

It costs $130,000 to $150,000 each year to produce the fair, according to Ms. Rich.

“We all work hard. Everyone knows their job, and gets it done,” she said. “I think it has become a fine-tuned machine. You have to like it. You have to have time to spare.”

This year, and every year, Ms. Rich hopes for “good weather and a good crowd.”

New this year, pre-sale admission tickets can be purchased online or on Sunday and Monday at the fair building at a discount rate.

“We had some complaints, so we decided to drop the price,” Ms. Rich said. “Hopefully we will get more people since the cost is lower, but it still costs a lot to put the fair on. Luckily we have some really good sponsors this year.”

Pre-sale ticket options include:

• Wednesday only: Fair admission and carnival ride wristband, $25 per person.

• One-day family four pack: Good for two adults and two children, $20.

• Four-day pass: Adults, $20. Youth, $10.

At the gate, admission costs $10 per adult; $5 for youth ages 12 and younger, military members with ID and senior citizens 65 and older. Babies in arms are free.

Admission includes parking and concerts, but does not include rides.

For a complete schedule, click here.
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