By Linwood Outlaw III -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The fair will be held from Monday through Aug. 8 at the Warren County Fairgrounds at 26 Fairgrounds Road, although some preliminary events will take place this weekend. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Children 6 and under will get in free. People can enjoy all rides for $18 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The fair has drawn about 20,000 people annually in recent years, and organizers aren't expecting any major drop in attendance this year, Fair President Joye Wood said.
"There's something for every age," Wood said. "Every night, there's something going on. ... There will be all kinds of free things to watch."
Fair organizers throughout the region are hoping the economy won't deter families from coming out and spending their money. But, the success of any fair largely depends on the quality of its events, Wood said.
"It depends on what you're having at your fair. You've got to make it encouraging. You've got to make it so that people want to come," Wood said.
The festivities get under way today with the Fairest of the Fair, Tiny, Little Miss and Preteen pageants. Sunday's slate will feature a musical performance by the Oak Ridge Boys at 7 p.m. General admission to the performance is $25 and reserved seating is $35. The fifth annual Warren County 4-H & Open Horse Show will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Gates to the fairgrounds will open at 4 p.m. daily, except Aug. 8, when they will open at noon. Monday will be highlighted by a demolition derby, 4-H goat shows, and the Miss Warren County Fair Scholarship pageant.
Tuesday will be family night, meaning adults will be admitted for $5 and children ages 12 and under get in free. "That's a good value for your money these days," Wood said. Tuesday's slate will feature wrestling, monster trucks, children's puppet shows and the 4-H Hog and Breeding Swine Showmanship show.
Meanwhile, the David Allan Coe Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. With the exception of the Oak Ridge Boys, all other musical performances will be included in the gate admission. ATV Dirt Drag Racing and Dairy Cattle and Beef Showmanship shows are also on Wednesday's schedule.
The Five of a Kind blue grass band will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Other events scheduled for that day include a demolition derby and lamb and breeding sheep shows.
Friday's events will feature a performance by The Fabulous Hubcaps, ATV racing and a livestock showmanship contest. The fair's final day includes a performance by Sammy Kershaw, a greased pig contest and a 2 p.m. tractor pull.
Trade shows at the Wonder Building, circus thrill shows and bingo games hosted by the Kiwanis Club will also be on the fair's daily schedule.
For more information, call 635-5827 or visit www.warrencountyfair.com. A schedule of events, which is subject to change, is also available on the Web site.