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Fairs & Festivals

September 3, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Watching a group of young Army recruits go through basic training exercises at the Shenandoah County Fair on Wednesday morning brought back memories for Jake Mantz.

September 2, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- The George family dynasty in the Shenandoah County 4-H, FFA grand champion market steer show continued Tuesday as Allison George's beast took home the grand prize.

September 1, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Some in the stands at Monday night's Nationwide Demolition Derby clutched blankets, but not in an effort to keep out the chill.

August 31, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- As clouds and brief spells of rain began to alter festive moods on Saturday morning, it seemed as though opening day of the 92nd annual Shenandoah County Fair would not begin on an upbeat note.

August 27, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Fairgoers can become barnstormers at this year's Shenandoah County Fair. The long-awaited premiere of the new 4-H and FFA livestock show barn -- officially named the Sharon Lilly 4-H FFA Show Arena -- boasting thousands of square feet under its roof is set to take place as the fair opens Friday.

August 12, 2009

BERRYVILLE -- Compared to the flash and noise of the midway, the exhibit buildings at the Clarke County Fair look sedate.

August 11, 2009

BERRYVILLE -- Behind the office, past the rows of sheep and cows and carnival rides at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, about 15 guys are standing in smoke.

August 10, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Parents hollered and pigs squealed as children ages 5 to 14 tried to grab the greased four-legged animals during the final day of the 52nd annual Warren County Fair.

August 8, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Summer in the valley wouldn't be the same without the sweet smell of frying sugar lingering over the county fairgrounds.

BERRYVILLE -- Aside from musical performers, the lineup of attractions at the 55th Clarke County Fair remains the same as last year.

FRONT ROYAL -- For more than 50 years, the Warren County Fair trade show has spotlighted local businesses, agriculture and arts and crafts.

August 7, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- For many members of the local 4-H club, entering county fair livestock competitions started at a young age and then became a rite of passage.

August 6, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- Fans began filling the bleachers near the dirt track at the Warren County Fairgrounds shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, expecting to hear loud engines and see dozens of all-terrain vehicles going full speed in a drag racing contest.

August 4, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- With the crowd cheering from the grandstands and the Ferris wheel quietly turning in the distance, the emcee's voice was drowned out by the roar of engines as cars lined up for the Warren County Fair Demolition Derby on Monday night.

August 3, 2009

STEPHENSON -- According to Kenny Gentry, getting a hay bale to go the distance comes down to one thing.

August 1, 2009

FRONT ROYAL -- With a slew of attractions, such as livestock, demolition derbies and a wrestling show on the docket, organizers of the 52nd annual Warren County Fair are confident the event will continue to draw thousands of people despite the recession.

July 31, 2009

STEPHENSON -- Like most of the estimated crowd of 2,500 who attended the demolition derby at the Frederick County Fair on Thursday night, members of the Round Hill United Methodist Church youth group also enjoyed the beating and banging.

July 30, 2009

STEPHENSON -- Learning the ropes of county fairs includes knowing how to tie the right knot.

July 29, 2009

STEPHENSON -- If government statistics are accurate, apples remain the king of agriculture in Frederick County.

July 23, 2009

WINCHESTER -- If it can't compete, don't bring it next week. Only the very best will take home blue ribbons at this year's Frederick County Fair, which begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 1. All the familiar contests, rides, music and food are back.

June 22, 2009

By Ben Orcutt - borcutt@nvdaily.com WINCHESTER -- Saturday's Winchester Blues House Festival may have been the most successful in the event's 10-year history. The venue shifted from downtown this year...

June 19, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Contestants who want to participate in Dave Martin's Bullride Mania at this year's Shenandoah County Fair must register by Aug. 14. People can sign up for bull riding,...

June 16, 2009

WOODSTOCK -- Tickets went on sale Monday for events at this year's Shenandoah County Fair, according to a press release.

June 4, 2009

BERRYVILLE -- Country singer Jake Owen will perform as the featured entertainer at the 55th annual Clarke County Fair.

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