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Warren County Fair adds new events to old standbys

By Josette Keelor

The Warren County Fair begins Monday at the Warren County Fairgrounds, 26 Fairgrounds Road, Front Royal, and fair president Joy Wood said several new events are increasing excitement for the annual summer celebration.

With a Demolition Derby, beauty pageants and musical performances leading up to several Saturday night finales, much attention is focused on The Bash in the Grass monster truck event, which begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 10, with "jumping and crashing and all that good stuff," Wood said.

Wood said fair organizers try to bring in something new each year, and even though they had monster trucks last year, she said this year's event is even bigger. Monster trucks named XDP, Bigfoot, Stomper and Black Knight will star that night, joined by mini-trucks for children, which a lucky raffle winner will get to drive.

Starting last year the fair has been able to offer two stages, so while Ty Herndon and Anita Cochran will perform an acoustic show at the Main Stage next Saturday, Danny Figgins, the singing policeman, will perform on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage.

Also next week, ATV races and magician Steve Kish will entertain Tuesday, and a Lawn Mower Pull will be Saturday. New this year is the Best Friends Pageant on Tuesday.

"So there's just a lot of stuff for people," Wood said. "If they like bluegrass we have that. If they like gospel, we have that."

"The theme is 'Meet me at the fair,'" she said. "So come on out and meet us."

Admission to the fair is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 7 to 12 and free to those 6 and younger. On Tuesday, Family Night admission prices are $6 to ages 13 and older, free to everyone else. The gate price includes all fair events, except reserved seating for shows. Bring a folding chair for events. For more information, call 540-635-5827 or visit wcfair@comcast.net.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com

Fair schedule:

Over the weekend, home economics exhibits will be accepted in the Wonder Building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also on Sunday, 4-H livestock project animals will be received in the barn from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fairest of the Fair pageants will begin on the Main Stage. At 6 p.m. Sunday, the Tiny Miss, Little Miss and Pre-teen Miss pageants will be on the Main Stage.

Gates open each day at 4 p.m., and the midway will be open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The Star Family Circus will take place at various times each day. Bingo will be hosted by the Kiwanis Club at 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Monday
10 a.m. -- Weigh in for all 4-H livestock project animals; swine carcass data collection
10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- The Wonder Building will be closed for judging
2 p.m. -- Grading of all 4-H livestock project animals
4 p.m. -- The trade show opens in the Wonder Building
5-7 p.m. -- Rabbit and poultry exhibits will be judged
6 p.m. -- Tractor pull in the backfield; 4-H goat showmanship, market goat show and breeding show
7 p.m. -- The Jr. Miss and Ms. Pageants and Miss Warren County Fair scholarship pageants will take place on the Main Stage
-- Lisa Meadows and John-Robert Rimel will perform on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage

Tuesday, Family Night
10 a.m. -- the 4-H market hog show, swine showmanship and swine breeding show will take place
4 p.m. -- The trade show opens in the Wonder Building
6 p.m. -- Best Friends Pageant will be on the Main Stage
7 p.m. -- A karaoke contest will be on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage, with prizes awarded at 7 p.m. Wednesday
-- ATV races will be in the backfield
-- Magician Steve Kish will perform on the Main Stage

Wednesday
10 a.m. -- The 4-H beef showmanship, market beef show and beef breeding show will take place
4 p.m. -- The trade show opens in the Wonder Building
7 p.m. -- A karaoke contest will continue on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage
-- The Demolition Derby will be presented by Stoney Roberts Productions at the backfield
7 and 8:30 p.m. -- Frog Pond Pickers will be on the Main Stage

Thursday
4 p.m. -- The trade show opens in the Wonder Building
6 p.m. -- 4-H sheep showmanship, market lamb show and sheep breeding show will take place
6 p.m. -- The truck and tractor pull will be in the backfield
7 p.m. -- Diamond Back Band will perform on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage
-- Souled Out will perform on the Main Stage

Friday
The beef, sheep and goat carcass data collection time has not been confirmed yet
2 p.m. -- Supreme Champion 4-H livestock showmanship contest will be in the barn
4 p.m. -- Trade show opens in the Wonder Building
6 p.m. -- 4-H livestock buyers registration
6:30 -- Lawn Mower Pull will be in the backfield
7 p.m. -- 4-H livestock auction will be in the barn
-- Southern Grace Band will perform on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage
8 p.m. -- Joe Diffie will perform with Lindsey Erin on the Main Stage

Saturday
4 p.m. -- The Monster truck pit party will begin in the backfield; trade show opens in the Wonder Building
6:30 p.m. -- Greased Pig Contest for 4-H will be in the barn
Danny Figgins, the singing policeman, will perform on the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage
-- Ty Herndon will perform with Anita Cochran in an acoustic show on the Main Stage

Sunday
8 a.m. -- All 4-H livestock project animals to be removed from the fairgrounds
8 a.m.-noon -- Rabbit and poultry exhibits removed and mandatory barn cleanup for all 4-H livestock program exhibitors
9 a.m.-noon -- All home economic exhibits and premiums to be picked up from the Wonder Building


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