County Fair kicks off

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

People head for the midway during opening night of the Caroline County Agricultural Fair.

People head for the midway during opening night of the Caroline County Agricultural Fair.

The 2013 Caroline County Agricultural Fair will offer live bands, camel rides, petting zoo, pie eating contest, talent shows, amusement rides, and a bungee trampoline during its four-day run July 10-13.

Once inside the fairgrounds, located off Jefferson Davis Highway in Ruther Glen, you’ll catch the aroma of corn dogs, funnel cakes, Italian sausages, ice cream, candy apples, popcorn and cotton candy.

Free live music will round out each night – including performances by CCA Fair favorites Cactus Jack, Casper and The Embers. Bluegrass fans will applaud when Milford Station takes the stage on Saturday afternoon.

Fair hours will be 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Hours will be 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The County Fair has two new attractions:  ‘Agricadabra The Magic of Agriculture Show’ – where using a little sleight of hand, this entertainer will highlight facts and ideals specific to agriculture in Virginia.  Audience members may have so much fun that they won’t realize they are being educated.

Also making a debut at the 2013 Fair is ‘Alota Monkey Business’ – a bungee trampoline where participants can flip, somersault and fly high – all while safely restrained by a harness.

Returning attractions include camel rides, pony rides, racing pigs, exotic animal petting zoo, and a mechanical bull ride.

Caroline’s Barn will be filled with farm animals of all types – from baby chicks to livestock & poultry show winners.

The home goods section will feature homemade, homegrown and home canned items of all kinds, plus artwork, photography and a variety of creative projects – each winner sporting an award ribbon.

Fairgoers of all ages may compete for a blue ribbon in the corn shuckin’, watermelon eatin’, hog callin’, rooster crowin’, and pie eatin’ contests.

Carnival rides and games by Sherwood Amusements will once again offer fun and excitement to the young and the young at heart.

The Pee Wee Swine Show and the new Pee Wee Calf Show – open to all kids age 4-8 years – teaches the basics of showing an animal in a ring. Animals and instruction are provided to all who enter.  The Clover Bud Goat Show participants – also for the 4-8 crowd – demonstrate their showmanship skills with their own animals.

Children’s games and activities, the corn bin play, and a youth talent show add to the experience geared specifically to the younger fairgoers.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of taking electric power to rural areas, the Heritage area will demonstrate how electricity changed the life of the Caroline County homemaker.  Among the items for display will be vintage electric appliances, such as irons and mixers, along with their hand-operated predecessors.

The Fair will offer a show featuring antique tractors built before 1977 and antique and classic trucks, along with community exhibits. Vendors will offer farm fresh produce, natural products and home improvements.

The Caroline Idol Contest, emceed by Wick Coleman, will be open to all singers age 14 and up. Registration will start at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the fair, and the contest will start at 7:30 p.m. During registration, artists Megan Green and Casey Hargrove, who call themselves Greengrove, will offer a fresh approach to country and pop music at 6 p.m.

The Caroline County Fair continues to keep regular admission costs low at $5 for ages 11 and up. Children 10 and under are free.  On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free admission will be given to those who donate six non-perishable food items.  Donations will benefit the Caroline County Department of Social Services food pantry.

Discount admission coupons are available The Caroline Progress, The Free Lance-Star ‘BIG Deal Coupon Book,’ REACH Magazine, and Richmond Family Magazine.

The Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.  It is through the donations of private citizens and corporate sponsors, and the support of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors, that the CCA Fair Association is able to offer family friendly events.  Visit www.carolinefair.com for info on sponsorship opportunities.

Complete information about this year’s County Fair, including the schedule, is available at www.carolinefair.com and the Facebook page for Caroline County Agricultural Fair.

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