Thursday, June 26, 2008

County Fairs in Central Virginia

We love county fairs in this house. We come from a place where practically every weekend in the Summer one of the the local churches held a carnival of sorts. It is a little hotter here and I can understand why most of the events are closer to the cooler days of autumn. The unlimited ride wristbands for the kids are always well worth the cost. The fun that they have on those rides is beyond compare.

So I figured I'd keep a list of and share of all the Fairs and similar events that we try to attend that are of reasonable distance for families from Goochland County.

Please let me know if you know of any others that are worthy of this list! I will continue to update this list as I find more that fit.

I moved the Fall / Winter Listing to a newer post. Please check there for Autumn 2008 fairs and festivals.

Passed (there's always next year!):

Hanover Tomato Festival Saturday, July 5, 2008 from 9-4 and it's FREE
Held at Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville about 45 minutes from the Goochland Library.
We haven't been to this yet but may try it this year. It sounds like fun.
This event will provide great exposure to non-profit organizations, artisans, and crafters. The event will also feature entertainment, food, tomato contests, a children’s area that includes arts & crafts, face-painting, pony rides, mechanical rides, inflatables, and games.

2008 Powhatan County Fair 6 nights from Tuesday July 29 - Sunday August 3, 2008
Midway Rides & Games * Karaoke * Lawnmower Races * Miss Powhatan County Fair Pageant

It is held at the Powhatan County Fairgrounds 4042 Anderson Highway VA 23139 which is 12 miles from the Goochland Library. Rt. 6 towards Maidens. Turn right on Maidens Rd to cross over the James River to Powhatan. Travel 11 miles south on 522 to route 60/Anderson Highway and turn left. It is 1 mile down on the left/westbound side of route 60.

Or just 15 minutes west of route 288 on route 60 west.
You can purchase advance wristbands at Central Virginia Bank

Advance wristbands cost $12 while supplies last.
Wristbands at fair cost $15
Admission: children under 3 are FREE, Seniors: $3, Adults $6

Tuesday - Thursday 5-11 pm, Friday 5-midnight, Sat: 9-4 / 5-midnight, Sunday 9-8pm

The small size of the fair is perfect for the toddlers, preschoolers, grade school and grandparents. Check their website for updates to the fair schedule. They have fireworks, contests and other fun things besides rides.

Louisa County Ag Agriculture Fair
Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2
Held at the Fireman's Fairgrounds 200 Fredericksburg Ave Louisa, VA 23093
35 miles North of Goochland Courthouse. 20 miles from Hadensville. 15 miles from Shannon Hill.

Albemarle County Fair July 29 - August 3, 2008
It is held at the Albemarle County Fairgrounds which is 1 hour from the Goochland Library but much closer to those of you in Western Goochland - Hadensville and Louisa.

The 25th Annual Watermelon Festival by the Carytown Merchant's Association
Sunday, August 10, 2008 10am - 6pm

Chesterfield County Fair August 22 - 30, 2008
It is held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds which is about 40 miles from the Goochland Library. It is a good sized fair with petting zoos, shows, 4-H displays, rides for all ages, and plenty of great fair foods. We found it to be worth the trip for a day trip.

Powhatan Annual Labor Day Parade Monday, September 1, 2008 on Old Buckingham in the Village about 12 miles from Goochland Courthouse.
It starts at 11am at the middle school and ends at the courthouse. It runs down route 13 / Old Buckingham Rd

You can sign up by August 20 to be in the parade with a car, pickup truck, farm tractor & trailer, marcher horses, other. You can also setup an arts & crafts, vendor booth on the Courthouse Green. Contact the parade committee at 804-598-2911

The kids always enjoy this event. I love looking at all the vendors on the green.

Louisa County Airshow
Saturday, September 6 11am - 3pm
held at the Louisa County Airport / Freeman Field at 335 Industrial Dr 23093

Have a GREAT summer.

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