Summer Fairs

Some of my favorite childhood memories are those of summer’s country fairs. They were the highlight of the summer. The lights and sounds coming from the midway, the rides and games, demolition derbies and rodeos, and the food – cotton candy, caramel apples, funnel cake (I was a kid – of course all the food I remember was sweet!) Well that magical, memory-making season is upon us again. Loudoun’s summer fair season kicks off next week with the Loudoun County Fair. Over 75 years old, this country fair has it all – a midway filled with carnival rides, 4-H exhibits, games, and a full schedule of entertainment including a demolition derby, bull riding, live music, and a cowboy mounted shooting demonstration.

The village of Lucketts is known for its farms stands, antique shops, and the Potomac Cluster of wineries surrounding it (named so because of its proximity to the Potomac River). In mid-August, the Lucketts Fair celebrates its 41st anniversary with over 100 crafters, antiques vendors, hay rides, live music, a pie baking contest, more of that great fair food, and plenty of activities for the kids. Check out our video of the Lucketts Fair for a preview of the event.

Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Bluemont Fair is a great excuse to take a scenic drive into western Loudoun and explore this charming village. The 44th annual fair opens September 21st and includes a children’s fair with activities and games, arts and craft vendors, demonstrations and contests, a farmers market, wine tastings from local wineries, and more. Visit our YouTube channel to learn more about the history of the fair, the village of Bluemont, and the fair experience.