New additions to 99th Shenandoah County Fair

Highlights of this year’s Shenandoah County Fair will include an expanded track, a new carnival layout, a new ride company, monster trucks and the largest pig scramble the fair has ever hosted, said Tom Eschelman, fair general manager.

The fair, which is in its 99th year,  begins on Aug. 26 and runs through Sept. 3.

Eschelman said the fair is the “largest community event of the year in Shenandoah County with agriculture, crafts, farm equipment and great entertainment.”

The typical turnout for the fair is around 35,000 fairgoers, he added.

The expansion of the horse racing track was due to a $750,000 investment, he said. Also new to the fair this year are new staging for concerts, renovated bathrooms and a new pulling and demolition derby track.

Top attractions will include the True Grit Rodeo featuring bull riding, bull fighting and barrel racing on Sept. 2. Eschelman added that the fair’s first-ever monster truck show will feature national Monster Jam Champion “Overkill Evolution” on Sept. 3.

He said the new ride company will bring six new rides that have never been at the fair before.

Opening night, Aug. 26, will feature Virginia’s largest greased pig contest at 7 p.m.

The country tractor pull will be held at 12:15 p.m. Aug. 27 and the modified truck and tractor pull will be held later that evening at 6:30 p.m.

The diesel pick-up truck drags will be at 7 p.m.  Aug. 28. The first demolition derby will be held 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29, with the second derby at the same time on Aug. 30. Harness racing will begin Aug. 31 and will continue through the rest of the fair.

For a full listing of scheduled events, visit the fair’s website at

The big musical performances at this year’s fair will be American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and Brothers Osborne. McCreery will perform Aug. 31 and will feature his hit songs “Feelin In” and “I Love You This Big.” Brothers Osborne will perform Sept. 1.

Adult general fair admission is $6 and kids 6 to 12 enter for $2. Kids 5 and under are free for each day except Friday.

Family Night is Aug. 26. Adults will get in for $5 and kids enter free. Kids also enter the fair for free on Aug. 30 during Kids Day. Veterans Day is on Sept. 1 and all veterans enter for free until 6 p.m. Senior citizens enter for $3 on Aug. 31 during Senior Citizens Day.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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