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Fredericksburg Fair 2014: Summer tradition keeps growing
Farm animals, carnival rides and mud-covered trucks will be among the attractions to see with the opening of the 276th annual Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair.
Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., the summer staple will welcome thousands of fairgoers with plenty of food and fun.
ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW
New shows and fan favorites will fill the fairgrounds, located off Route 2 near Shannon Airport, for 10 days straight.
Travis Bullock, the fair manager for the past five fairs, said the Fredericksburg Fair offers some of the top attractions on the East Coast.
The King BMX Stunt Show is one of many new entertainment shows for fairgoers, featuring action-packed jumps and tricks.
The group was featured on three episodes of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2012, finishing in the top 48 of 75,000 acts.
The bicycles will roll through four shows on Monday and Tuesday evening.
Along with the annual NOJOE’S Clown Circus and Agricadabra Magic Shows, there will be a new performance for children, Mountain Music, Stories and Dance with Jeff Robbins.
“We’re doing as much as we can for the kids,” Bullock said.
Through his music and educational program, Robbins said he hopes to keep American folk music alive and help children be aware of history.
Robbins made most of his own instruments with his father, including a mandolin, fiddle and multiple banjos.
“The program itself is extremely family-oriented,” said Robbins.
Continuing the tradition, Robbins helps kids construct their own “one-string pork n’ bean guitar,” which they get to take home as a souvenir after the interactive show.
Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations will also delight fairgoers and children, returning after two years to perform every day at the fair. The family act from Sarasota, Fla., features Shane and Alecia Hansen and their three young daughters.
DON’T MISS THE ACTION
Along with the annual demolition derby and BLM Bull and Rodeo Show, the Motor Sports Park will be even busier with the new Southern National Draft Horse Pull on the fair’s first Sunday, and a Diesel Truck Pull on the last Sunday.
Other events at the Motor Sports Park include the Mountain View Mudders Mud Bog and the Ruritan National Stafford Truck and Tractor Pull.
Deggeller Attractions will light up evenings at the fair with multiple rides, like the carousel, the Ferris wheel and new swings that will fly high over the crowds.
A new, free carnival ride called the Razzle Dazzle Gyroscope will also keep thrill-seekers busy.
LISTEN AND LEARN
The Fairway Stage will be busy throughout opening weekend with the Miss Fredericksburg Pageant, letting ladies of all ages compete for titles.
The stage will also welcome Fredericksburg’s Got Talent and the Thunder 104.5 Country Showdown to round out the performance competitions for the week.
Various DJs and bands will perform every evening, including DJ Mike Hatcher and Jason Leitch, Steve Jarrell and Friends, Don Brown’s Soul Experience and the Elvis Presley review with Michael Hoover.
Not forgetting the agriculture aspect of the event, the fair will continue its local competitions for poultry and rabbits, beef, dairy, sheep and swine.
The Homemaker’s Building will also host competitions for creative art, photography, flowers, baked goods, canned goods, crafts and fruits and vegetables.
For Bullock, the key to the fair is to make events family-oriented to keep attendees coming back for more each day.
“We have a volume of things to do,” he said.
Regina Weiss 540/374-5444
WANT TO GO?
What: 276th Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair
Where: 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg
When: Friday, July 25 through Sunday, Aug. 3. Hours are 5–10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.
Cost: $8 for ages 4–54 and $6 for ages 55 and up. Children 3 years or younger are admitted free of charge. Rides are not included in admission price.
July 25: BLM Bull and Rodeo Company will host a rodeo and bull riding show at 7 p.m. in the Motor Sports Park.
July 26: Military Appreciation Day will honor military forces and welcome Congressman Rob Wittman and Fredericksburg Councilman Matt Kelly.
In the evening, head over to the Motor Sports Park for the Ruritan Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.
July 27: Watch the horses show their skills during the Draft Horse Pull at the Motor Sports Park at 5 p.m. and then head to Fredericksburg’s Got Talent at Fairview Stage at 6 p.m.
July 28: Don’t miss the new King BMX Stunt Show at 6 and 8 p.m., where professionals will fly through the air at the Motor Sports Park.
July 29: DJ Mike Hatcher and Jason Leitch will entertain on Fairway Stage for fairgoers at 7 p.m..
July 30: The first Demolition Derby at the Motor Sports Park will kick off with crashing cars beginning at 7 p.m.
July 31: The Thunder 104.5 Country Showdown will showcase local competitors on Fairway Stage at 7 p.m.
Aug. 1: In case you missed it, a second run of the Demolition Derby will return to the Motor Sports Park at 7 p.m.
Aug. 2: Trucks will trek through the mess of the Mud Bog at the Motor Sports Park at 12:30 p.m.
Aug. 3: End the week with the Elvis Presley Review with Michael Hoover at 3 p.m. on Fairview Stage and head back to the fairgrounds for the new Diesel Truck Pull at 6 p.m.
Military Appreciation Day: On Saturday, July 26, members of the military will receive one complimentary admission ticket for that day only. Requires valid military ID.
Three for Tuesday: General admission tickets on Tuesday, July 29, are $3.