Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 summer fairs in Northern Virginia

During the warmer months, many events in Northern Virginia come to life. Between all the cultural festivals, museum events and county fairs, there is lots to see and do, and Northern Virginia hosts some of the biggest County Fairs in the state. Here are a few that are coming up:

Celebrate Fairfax:  Each year Fairfax County puts on several great events, a popular one is “Celebrate Fairfax”. Fun for all ages, Celebrate Fairfax has the typical “carnival” attractions, such as rides and food, but it also offers several performances and special presentations. And a whole lot more. It runs for 3 days, Friday to Sunday, starting June 5. 2015 marks its 34th year. More details on this one in my post from last week.

Loudoun County Fair: The fair is a large annual event and will open on July 27 and run through Aug. 1, 2015 There is plenty to see and do including live entertainment contests, a demolition Derby, concerts, performers, lots of animals, a Carnival Midway and more. There are lots of daily events, fun for all ages listed, just check out the fair's website. At time of writing, it looks like the schedule is still being finalized. The fairgrounds are located at 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg, Va.

The Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Frying Pan Farm Park Show will run from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2015. This annual fair takes showcases all kinds of entertainment, including animal shows,

various exhibits, music, contests, rides and more. The fun takes place at Frying Pan Farm Park, located on 2709 West Ox Rd in Herndon. You can learn more about daily events everything else fair-related at the designated 4H website. 2015 marks the event's 67th year!

Arlington County Fair will run from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2015. Last year the admission to this fair was free and there was also a shuttle service priced at $2 per adult round trip (children under 12 and seniors were free). The fun usually includes entertainment, family-oriented events, sports, carnival rides, music, dancing and more, both indoor and outdoor events. The fair takes place at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, located at 3501 South Second St., in Arlington.   

The Prince William County Fair is scheduled from Aug. 14 to Aug. 22, 2015. This fair is now in its 66th year. Its origins were seeded by a group of WWII veterans who sought to promote Prince William's agricultural industry. The fair bills itself as Virginia's largest county fair. It looks like this year, like previous years, will have lots of events on the calendar. The action takes place at 10624 Dumfries Rd, Rt. 234, Manassas, Va. You can visit the Prince William County Fair website for more information regarding admission, parking and more. 
While agriculture in the region has declined as the growth continues to move west from the District, but the history and popularity of this event live on.

If you're looking for some family fun as the summer passes the mid-way point and begins to wind down, these are some great events in Northern Virginia to consider.

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