Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Fairs and Festivals

Here's my personal list of 2009 Summer Fairs and Festivals through Labor Day

The venue for the 4th of July Fireworks here in Goochland has changed this year. There will not be a celebration at Hidden Rock Park this year. However, there will be fireworks at the soccer complex. See their promotional flyer HERE.
Parks and Rec / Recreation also has a map of where the best viewing places are. Click HERE to see it.

Hanover Tomato Festival Saturday, July 11, 2009 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.

Albemarle County Fair July 28 - August 2, 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.

Louisa County Ag Agriculture Fair
July 31 - August 1
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.

The 26th Annual Watermelon Festival by the Carytown Merchant's Association
Sunday, August 9, 2009 10am - 6pm

2009 Powhatan County Fair 6 nights from Tuesday August 18 - Sunday August 23 Midway Rides & Games - purchase an unlimited rides bracelet for the kids. * 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.

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

Tues - Thu 5-11 pm, Fri 5-midnight, Sat: 9-4 / 5-midnight, Sun 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.

Chesterfield County Fair August 28 - Sept. 5
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 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 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.

The Virginia is for Lovers site also has a more complete list of fairs & festivals throughout the state.

There are a ton of fairs and festivals in the Fall which I'll post as we get closer. Like the State Fair of Virginia at its new location! Sept. 24 - Oct. 4 at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell near Kings Dominion.

Have a GREAT summer.

1 comment:

HarryJack's Mom said...

You always have the best info - thanx! And I just got all mushy realizing that we went to the Carytown watermelon festival with friends only days before we eloped; we got our dog there, too...we'll be at Ocracoke this year, so please have an extra slice for us :-)