Warren County Fair opens today: Highlights include Lee Greenwood, dog and truck shows

FRONT ROYAL – Rides, music, food and games abound as the Warren County Fair is set to return for its 61st year today.

Fair Director Dennis Grove said the fair will provide fun for all members of the family.

“Where else can you go to see the cows and the chickens and the rabbits and come out and see a demo derby?” he said. 

Those animals will be in the Northern Virginia 4-H barn and can be seen throughout the week with a culmination of the showings during a 6 p.m. livestock auction.

“There’s always something going on in the 4-H livestock barn,” Grove said. 

Country music icon Lee Greenwood, best known for the song “God Bless the USA,” is this year’s main musical attraction. A Grammy award winner, Greenwood has released over 30 albums dating back to 1982.

Greenwood will take the fair’s main stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday following an opening act by Bryan Shepherd of Berryville. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $25 for reserved seats.

Grove noted that Greenwood “is a legend” and to see him for those prices is a bargain.

Saturday will feature a 4 p.m. truck show in which five vehicles will make a series of jumps and maneuver over dirt piles. Grove said this “is the best monster truck show in the area.”

“We don’t contain them to just a little drag strip; we use the whole backfield where they open it up,” he said.

Grove said a new attraction this year is Disconnected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show, in which dogs perform tricks while catching frisbees.

“It’s a fantastic dog show,” he said. “If you’re a pet lover or even if you’re not a pet lover, you’re going to think it is good.”

Other attractions include demolition derbies at 7 p.m. today and Wednesday; the children’s power wheel derby demo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and the Torress one-ring circus every night.

The Miss Warren County Fair contest will be held today.

Grove encouraged citizens to come out to the fair because attendees are guaranteed the “bang for their buck.” He noted that all of the attractions, except the concert, come with the cost of admission. 

He said the fair is the culmination of a year’s worth of planning to provide the best time possible. Next year’s fair, he said, is already being planned and he said new volunteers are always needed. 

General admission is $10 at the gate, with the exception of $7 on Tuesday when it’s Family Night. Gates open at 4 p.m., rides start at 6 p.m., and the doors close around 10 p.m. The fair is located at 26 Fairground Road.

“It’s really the cheapest entertainment you can get around the area,” he said.  

On The Net

Events schedule: visit www.warrencountyfair.com.