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July 16, 2021

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Overlooking the county fair

67

Feet, the height of the Ferris wheel at the Fauquier County Fair.

Based in the Southwest Virginia city of Covington, Cole Shows Amusement Company provides midway rides for the fair, which continues through 11 p.m. Saturday.

The fair offers a $20 wristband for unlimited midway rides, ending at 4 p.m. Saturday. From that time until the fair’s closing July 17, everybody will pay by the ride.


$25.1 million

Total funds that Fauquier County and its three incorporated towns will receive as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, adopted in March:

• $13.8 million to the county.

• $10.4 million to Warrenton.

• $682,686 to Remington.

• $244,854 to The Plains.

Local governments recently received the first have of their allocations, with the balance coming within a year.

Localities can use the fund for response to the COVID-19 pandemic or its negative economic impacts, supplemental or premium pay to essential workers, to provide government services cut or reduced because of revenue reduction resulting from the pandemic and/or to make capital investments in water, sewer and/or broadband infrastructure.


$287,050

The cost to refurbish the track at Kettle Run High School.

The school board last month awarded the contract to Dundalk, Md.-based ATC, which will strip the rubberized surface, mill 2 inches of asphalt, repave and apply a new synthetic surface.

The new asphalt at $85,200 and new Plexitrac surface at $107,100 account for the greatest components of the work.

Fauquier’s third public high school, Kettle Run opened in 2008.


236,000

The number of solar panels in Dominion Energy’s solar array at 12080 Lucky Hill Road near Remington.

Virginia’s dominant utility company spent $46 million to build the array on 125 acres that it owns.

Capable at peak of generating enough electricity for power 5,000 homes, the solar farm began operating in 2017.


40.2

The median age in Fauquier County, according to Census Report, an open-source data service.

That makes Fauquier’s population a little older than the state and nation, both of which have a median age of 38.5 years.

Residents ages 50 to 59 account for 16 percent of the county population — the largest 10-year bracket.

Those in the 10- to 19-year-old bracket rank second at 13 percent.


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