Clarke, Rockingham county fairs begin next week

Expect more fair fun, such as demolition derbies, livestock shows and musical performances, at two area fairs next week.

Both the Clarke County Fair in Berryville and the Rockingham County Fair in Harrisonburg will be held next week.

Clarke County Fair

The 62nd annual Clarke County Fair will be held Sunday through Aug. 20.

Tommy Cather, chairman of the Clarke County Fair, said they typically have a turnout of about 40,000 at their annual fair and expect the same if the rain and heat hold off.

He said activities at the fair this year will include the opening ceremony and beauty pageant on Sunday, pig scrambles – that hasn’t been seen at the fair in two years due to the swine flu – on Monday, a demolition derby on Tuesday, Senior Citizen Day and the Berryville Baptist Rascals puppet show on Wednesday, Veterans Day on Thursday, a truck and tractor pull on both Wednesday and Thursday, professional bull riding and rodeo on Friday and a demolition derby at 3 p.m. Friday.

New to the fair this year is the addition of the pre-teen class to the beauty pageant, a new carnival and the return of the pig scramble, he added.

Musical performances include Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. with special guest William Michael Morgan at 8 p.m. Aug. 20.

The general admission fee for adults is $7 per day. Children ages 5 to 15 are $2 per day and preschool children are free.

Tickets for the full six days are $18 for adults and $5 for children.

On Wednesday’s Senior Citizen and Children’s Day, all adults 62 years and older and children under 15 years old are admitted for free until 5 p.m.

During Thursday’s Veteran’s Day, all active and military veterans are admitted free all day.

The fair will be held at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, 890 W. Main St.,  Berryville.

For a full listing of events, visit the fair’s website at http://www.clarkecountyfair.org.

Rockingham County Fair

The Rockingham County Fair will start Monday and run through Aug. 20.

Jeff Ishee, general manager for the Rockingham County Fair, said about 92,000 people came out for the six-day event last year.

He said among their top attractions are agriculture and livestock shows, “but a lot of people also come for the midway rides, the dozens of arts and craft exhibits and of course, the food.”

Activities include an all-breed horse show on Sunday, a 4-H and FFA market hog show on Monday, a bobcat rodeo-skid loader competition on Tuesday, an antique tractor pull on Thursday, a demolition derby on Friday and lawn mower racing on Saturday.

Musical performances include Hank Williams Jr. and Mo Pitney on Tuesday night; Justin Moore, Chris Lane and William Michael Morgan on Thursday night; and West Wind Bluegrass and Harmony Hill Bluegrass on Friday night.

Ishee added that something new to this year’s fair are the four concerts being held in the Pepsi Grandstand.

“We’ve never had that many before,” he said. “This would include a special concert for children ages 6 to 12 on Wednesday Youth Night.”

The kid concert will feature KIDZ BOP, singing kid-friendly versions of today’s hit songs.

Ishee said the entrance fee for adults of $5 hasn’t changed in the past 20 years. For kids 7 to 12 years old, the fee is $2. Kids 6 and under are free.

The fair will be located at 4808 S. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg.

For a full listing of events, visit the fair’s website at http://www.rockinghamcountyfair.com.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com