Pageants to kick off Warren County Fair

Directors of the Warren County Fair have heard the requests of their attendees and are cycling back into some fan favorite events for the 2015 fair.

Fair president Mike Garrett said the fair is trying out a number of new attractions this year as well, most notably a fireworks display at dusk on Tuesday. Multiple sponsors came forward to help them put on the more expensive light show for the fair.

The fair will open on Sunday for certain pageants and the gates will open at 4 p.m. daily from Monday until Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 12, and children 6 and younger will be admitted free of charge. Family night on Tuesday will mean children younger than 12 will get in free and entry rates will drop to $7 for adults.

The midway will be open every evening Monday through Saturday, and attendees can purchase ride armbands for $18 until 9 p.m. From Thursday through Saturday, all rides will be $1 each.

Director Dennis Grove has booked new entertainment through Stardust Circus from Florida and Old McNally’s Pig Derby out of North Carolina. Both sideshows will perform twice nightly.

Having been on a hiatus, live pro wrestling will return to the fair on Wednesday evening.

“After a while everybody gets tired of it — they haven’t been there for three to four years,” Grove said. “It’s really comical and it’s entertaining.”

King BMX will set up its stunt show ramps for the first time at the Warren County Fair, entertaining young ones and exciting older bike riders.

“I expect we’re going to see all ages coming to the fair to see this — and plus, it’s family night,” Grove said.

The 4-H hog and swine shows will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the sheep, lamb and goat shows at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the beef shows at 6 p.m. Thursday and the supreme champion will be decided at 2 p.m. Friday.

Musical guests performing at the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Community Stage will include Heart 2 Heart, 81 South, The Mad Cowboys, Joseph Hott & The Short Mountain Boys and Wildflower. On Thursday night, the stage will play host to a new open mic and jam, and later on The Hubcaps will perform twice on the main stage.

Other featured events include a truck and tractor pull Monday evening, storytelling on Tuesday and a demolition derby on Wednesday.

Thursday will feature a beard and mustache contest, a classy car show and a NASCAR trivia session. A lawn mower pull and dance competition on Friday and a monster truck show on Saturday will finish off the fair week.

Fairgoers can purchase a weekly ticket for $40 as well as reserved seating tickets and VIP backstage dinner passes to the performances of 3-time Grammy nominees Little Texas and T. Graham Brown, known for his jingles on several commercials.

Garrett said he hopes fairgoers will come out for the wide variety of programming the fair has booked this year.

“Each year we change it a little bit to see what people like,” he said.

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