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Discover Fauquier June/July 2018
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~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire
For nearly seven decades, Fauquier
County Inc., an all-volunteer nonprofit
organization, has hosted an annual fair.
County fairs were initially launched in the
1800s to exhibit local agricultural products
and livestock, and while that tradition lives
on today, there's much more going on at
our own event, which will be held this year
from
July 1114. And as this year's motto
says, "It's all about family, friends, and
fun!"
There are plenty of activities to please
visitors of all ages, many of which are
offered all four days, including:
Goat Yoga: Not only has yoga come
to the fair, the growing phenomenon
of goat yoga will be featured! Open to
anyone age five years or older, goat yoga
promises to be the most fun you've ever
had exercising. Bring your yoga mat--the
goats are provided!
Southland Milking Demonstrations:
Each evening, a cow milking
demonstration shows the basics and
offers fun facts about dairy cows and
milk. On Wednesday, don't miss the Dairy
Show--with milk and cookies afterward!
Extreme Illusions and Escapes/Brad
Matchett Comedy Hypnotist: You'll find
both of these fun acts performing multiple
shows on the main stage under the
Gravett Pavilion.
On opening day, you can purchase a
combined admission and all-you-can-
ride carnival pass for just $25 online only
at www.fauquierfair.com. In addition,
the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
K-9 unit will be on hand conducting
demonstrations, and don't miss their
Bike Rodeo! Bring your bike (and helmet)
to learn important safety information,
compete in a bike driving course, and
perhaps be among the lucky few to win
new bikes!
Back by popular demand, the
Triple R
Rodeo, which includes bull riding and
barrel racing (as well as clowns and lots of
fun for kids) will be held on July 12 at 7:00
p.m. in the Horse Show Ring. Don't miss
the thrilling motorcycle stunt show--
Moto
Madness--on July 13 at 6:00 p.m. on the
Tractor Pull Track. And of course, closing
day features the
Lawn Mower Races
and the always-delicious
Blue Ribbon
Dinner!
Speaking of food, if you like to eat, consider
one of the many eating competitions,
including hot dogs (July 14 at noon); pie
(July 11 at 5:00 p.m.); pizza (July 13 at
5:00 p.m.); and watermelon (July 13 at
5:00 p.m.). You can even arrive early to
the fair on Saturday for the Bealeton-
Remington Lions Club
All-You-Can-Eat
Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
Of course, if you want to get back to
county fair roots, the exhibit building
competitions are alive and well--and fun!
In the vegetables, fruit, and field crop
competitions alone, there are dozens of
types of produce that compete for prizes,
but there's also a "malformed vegetable
oddity" category! In addition, there are
competitions for crafts, handwork, and
sewing; fine arts; computer graphics;
flowers, plants, arrangements, and herbs;
food preservation; food preparation;
photography; woodworking and shop
crafts; and record books and scrapbooks.
And then there are the livestock
competitions! Beef and dairy cattle,
sheep, dairy and meat goats, rabbits,
poultry, and miniature horses will all be
competing and on display.
In addition, there will be other opportunities
for learning more about farm animals,
from the
Livestock Meet & Greet,
Sheep and Goat Clinic, and Rabbit
Agility Demonstrations to some more
lighthearted activities, like
How to Give
a Chicken a Bath, the Chicken Parade,
and the
Livestock Obstacle Course.
And it wouldn't be a county fair without the
traditional
Horseshoe Pitching Contest
and
Corn Hole Tournament (both on
July 14)--there are cash prizes for the
winners!
The Fauquier County Fair is open from
2:0011:00 p.m. on July 1113 and from
9:00 a.m.11:00 p.m. on the closing day,
July 14. Daily Admission is $10/adults (13
& older); $5/youth (12 & under), senior
citizens (65 & older), and military adults
(with ID); and free for babes in arms. For
more information, visit
www.fauquierfair.
com.
The 68th Annual Fauquier County Fair:
"It's All About Family, Friends & Fun!"
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