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July 13, 2021

Fauquier County Fair returns through Saturday

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Friday night’s rodeo always draws a crowd of spectators to the fair.
The midway rides will operate all four days of the fair.
Fair County Fair
• When: Wednesday through Saturday, July 14-17. Hours: 2 to 11 weekdays; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

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

• Featuring: Livestock, exhibits, midway rides, rodeo, food, beer garden, contests and a range of entertainment.

• Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and military members.

• Rides: Unlimited tickets $20 in advance, $25 at fair.

• Website: www.fauquierfair.com
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To the veteran Fauquier County Fair president, this year’s event seems “almost like starting over.”

The COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation last year, as did construction of the adjacent Central Sports Complex in 2019.

But, the annual celebration of agriculture and country living returns Wednesday and runs through Saturday night at the fairgrounds on Old Auburn Road just east of Warrenton.

“I hope we expect a large crowd,” fair President Brenda Rich said late Monday afternoon, standing in the shade as preparations continued all around her.

Entertainers, vendors and midway ride operators “said everywhere else, they’ve been slam-packed,” Ms. Rich said.

Pent-up demand for entertainment and socialization should help attendance this week, despite the normal July heat.

> Full schedule at bottom of story

As always, Ms. Rich predicts a big crowd for Friday night’s rodeo, starting at 7 p.m.

Horsepower enthusiasts will enjoy the new “Touch a Truck” attraction — featuring lots of big vehicles — on Wednesday evening and the daily FAME (Fast Action Motor Experience) shows, featuring race simulations.

The fair, of course, still features opportunities to ride a camel, pet a goat, take a thrill ride, watch an illusionist, appreciate great woodworking and floral arranging, eat funnel cakes, test your tractor-driving skills and just catch up with friends.

The traffic pattern will change this year, with all vehicles entering from Old Auburn Road and exiting onto Meetze Road, from the sports complex. With 680 spaces, the new sports complex will provide most of the parking, and shuttles will provide rides to and from that parking area.

The fair also offers VIP parking for $100 — good all four days.

Fair-goers also can purchase tickets in advance or at the gate — along with wristbands for unlimited midway rides, good anytime except the fair’s final seven hours Saturday night.

General admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and members of the military. The ride wristbands cost $20 in advance or $25 at the fair.

About 100 volunteers work — some of them year round — to stage the four-day fair, said Ms. Rich, who has served as president of the nonprofit organization’s board since 1998.

She praised the volunteers — including groups from Dominion Energy that donated days of labor — along with businesses and organizations that sponsor the event.

Virginia Cooperative Extension this year has taken over management the livestock barn, which will help greatly, the fair president noted.

“Fair people all want the same things — to promote agriculture, encourage kids, provide entertainment and support the community,” Ms. Rich said.

Her advice for this year?

“Wear comfortable shoes.”

2021 Fauquier County Fair S... by Fauquier Now


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