Stay in the know! Sign up to get Fauquier County news updates delivered to your inbox.
Advertise on Fauquier Now!
How much will you spend on Christmas and/or Hanukkah gifts this year? Vote!
Free classifieds! Members can also post calendar events, news, opinions and more ... all for free! Register now!
Login · Forgot Your Password?
Style · July 12, 2016

66th Fauquier County Fair “shakes things up”

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Marie Rossi and Chris Whiteside judge cut flowers at the fairgrounds Monday afternoon. The Fauquier County Fair begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Fauquier County Fair 2016
• When: Wednesday to Saturday, July 13-16.

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

• What: Contests, entertainment, rides, livestock, exhibits, food and more.

• Admission: $10 for 13 and older; $5 for younger; “babes in arms” free; $5 “Senior Citizen Day” Thursday for those 55 and older; $5 Military Appreciation Day (retired or active with ID) Friday. Admission includes parking and concerts. Does not include rides.

• Highlights: Rodeo Thursday; truck and tractor pull Friday; pancake breakfast, Little Miss/Mister and Young Miss/Pre-Teen pageants and awards ceremony Saturday; Neal McCoy concert and fireworks Saturday night.

• Phone: 540-351-6086

• Facebook:

• Website:
From photography to blackberries and quilts, contestants entered their handiwork on Sunday and Monday at the fairgrounds.

The 66th annual Fauquier County Fair opens this week with over 630 categories of competition.

From Wednesday, July 13 to Saturday, July 16, citizens can enjoy entertainment, carnival rides, contests, livestock, exhibits and food at the fairgrounds just east of Warrenton.

More than 200 volunteers remain crucial to the fair’s success.

This year’s theme, “Shaking it Up”, signifies the new Wednesday to Saturday schedule.

“Since we are an all volunteer organization, if we close Saturday night, (instead of Sunday), then people don’t have to take off work on Monday to clean up.
We just decided to try it and see if it works,” President Brenda Rich said. “The last few years, Sunday has been pretty slow (in attendance).”

Ms. Rich estimates 15,000 people will attend the fair this year.

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday on family day. From 6 to 10 p.m. on that day only, individuals can buy an “all you can ride” carnival pass for $25.

Other highlights include a rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, a truck and tractor pull at 6 p.m. Friday and pageants beginning at 12 and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Although the traditional Blue Ribbon Dinner will not take place this year, an all-you-can-eat breakfast will start at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Country music star, Neal McCoy, will again perform as part of the fair’s finale at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Three years ago, Mr. McCoy gave the Fauquier Fair crowd a thrilling concert.

“We decided to bring him back because we are shaking it up this year and he has that song, ‘The Shake’ and we have had numerous people requesting him come back,” Ms. Rich said.

“The time before when he came the electricity went out so he wasn’t able to finish his show. He’s real easy to work with and we decided to try him again,” she said.

The grand finale also includes fireworks at 9 p.m.

Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older; $5 for children 12 and younger. Babies, free.

Thursday is $5 “Senior Citizen Day” for those 55 and older. Friday is $5 Military Appreciation Day (retired or active with ID).

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

For a complete schedule, click here.
Member comments
Please, be polite. Avoid name-calling and profanity.
For credibility, sign your real name; stand behind your comments. Readers will give less credence to anonymous posts.
To comment, please log in or register.
BBatX · July 23, 2016 at 1:28 pm
I would like to hear folks comments on this year's fair. I did not attend as my friends told me it was more ride oriented and less of the old county fair we used to attend for a few bucks. Based on the reports we chose to not pay the nearly $100 in entrance fees for our family to attend.
Facebook comments
Enter your email address above to begin receiving
news updates from via email.
Wednesday, December 13
Series of medians would encourage U-turns and discourage customers, according to critics
Wednesday, December 13
Margie Ryder, who stole from Warrenton HVAC company, faces sentence of up to 20 years
Wednesday, December 13
“Fruitcakes” at the community theatre, Gumdrop Square, Allegro Youth Orchestra concert and craft fair at LFCC top Fauquier entertainment
More Fauquier news
© Copyright 2011-2016

50 Culpeper Street, Suite 3
Warrenton, Virginia 20187
Crime Log
Add Your News
The Big Picture
Ellen’s Kitchen
and Garden

Real Estate
For Sale
Legal Notices
Post an Ad
Terms of Service