A Fall Tradition: Three-day Dinwiddie County Fair kicks off Friday

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: October 10, 2019 | 1:45 p.m. 

DINWIDDIE – A crispness in the air and the gradual transformation of the lush green foliage of Dinwiddie County into a myriad of orange and red hues signal the beginning of Fall and those two seasonal aesthetics will pair well with this weekend’s Dinwiddie County Fair, a three-day, family-friendly celebration of agriculture and all of the things that make up the county’s character.

Virginia Motorsports Park along Boydton Plank Road will again serve as the host venue for this year’s fair, kicking off Friday, October 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. The fair reopens Saturday for 12 hours of fun from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., maintaining a $10 per carload or $10 per walk-up admission price.

In addition, military and first responders will continue to be recognized on Sunday with any members of those groups and their carloads receiving free admission to the fair with valid identification card.

This year’s midway will occupy a footprint that spans beyond that of a football field and among that sprawling space, Cole Amusements will have over 20 carnival staples for kids and kids-at-heart to enjoy on the fairgrounds, ranging from the Scrambler, Wave Thunder, the Wiggle Worm, and traditional fair attractions, like the carousel and the Expo Wheel, likely to give fairgoers a bird’s eye view of the sprawling midway at this year’s fair. Carnival ride wristbands, which allow for unlimited rides are available for presale leading up to the fair’s start on Friday for $15, with the price increasing to $20 and available for purchase at the fairgrounds.

Friday and Saturday nights will feature a dazzling fireworks show performed by Dominion Fireworks, Inc. as they light up the night’s sky with a show that is sure to shine bright above Virginia Motorsports Park. Dominion Fireworks is known across the region as they have put on shows for Colonial Downs and across the Hampton Roads area, among others. Both shows will kick off at 10 p.m., an hour before closing.

Music lovers will enjoy a host of different bands on the Southside Electric Cooperative Main Stage during this weekend’s fair, with the Feature Attraction Band serving to open the fair on Friday. Saturday, Southbound will perform from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by JB & The Get Down Brown’s Band mixing it up on stage from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, the talents of Dinwiddie will be showcased as part of Community Appreciation Day, with DJ Social Hazard performing between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Dinwiddie’s 4H participants headlining a special talent show at 1:30 p.m. and the Deborah School of Dance performing at 3:15 p.m.

Beyond music, a number of special performances will highlight the fair throughout its three-day run at Virginia Motorsports Park, including “Agri-Puppets,” which is a one-of-a-kind show specializing in teaching the importance of agriculture, farming, and animals and the firefighter training show, which allows volunteers from the audience, usually kids to become firefighter trainees. After being fitted in firefighter jackets and helmets, the trainees are introduced to the audience as their next generation of heroes. The audience is encouraged to cheer on trainees as the shows become a friendly competition between the volunteer firefighters, creating an entertaining and educational experience for all.

Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4H uses the fair as a key opportunity to engage with the community about the importance of agriculture and the role it plays in Dinwiddie County and they will be hosting a number of shows on Saturday and Sunday, including a livestock show, the 4H Critter Getter, Worm’s World – Nutrients for your Garden, and the 4H Dog Show., all of which are expected to draw crowds of spectators.

There will also be a number of contests hosted by Dinwiddie 4H and Cooperative Extension, including photography, field crops and vegetable judging, flowers and horticulture, canned goods, jams and jellies, among others. Leaders from local 4H clubs will also be at the fair to discuss various programs and activities being offered, along with the Dinwiddie Master Gardeners to tackle any gardening questions and share information on the 2019 Master Gardener Club.

In addition, the popular petting zoo will return to the Dinwiddie County Fair for all three days, hosted by the Totally Teeny Traveling Farm, giving fairgoers the chance to learn about both exotic and domestic species while they pet the friendly animals, with knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions.

Other attractions include: Virginia National Guard Climbing Rockwall, Dinwiddie Fire and EMS education stations, Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Department, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Smokey the Bear, Local Dinwiddie County Race Car Drivers, 4H and Extension Displays and Exhibits, Antique Tractors and Agriculture Equipment, and more.

Central Virginia is quickly becoming known as a foodie destination and there is no better place to partake and traditional fair eats than at the Dinwiddie Fair with nearly a dozen different local vendors slated to be on hand, including Dinwiddie High School’s FFA pouring unlimited cups of fresh lemonade, sweet tea, and cider, and the FFA’s alumi frying catfish and french fries.

Rocky Run Baseball will have classic burgers and hot dogs to enjoy, while barbecue lovers will find plenty to enjoy as Darvills Ruritan Club will be serving plenty of barbecue sandwiches and sausages on tap for hungry patrons alongside Bishop’s BBQ, who will be dishing out barbecue pork, chicken, and ever-popular brisket. Creative Catering will also be on tap with smoked turkey legs, savory steak and cheese sandwiches, and Italian sausages, and the Sutherland Ruritan Club will be cooking up tasty homemade pork rinds.

Dessert lovers will find themselves right at home as well-known Richlands Dairy, fresh off the opening of their new creamery will be showcasing their wares with cool and flavorful ice cream and milkshakes, and Crumbs will have their own special cheesecakes on hand for fairgoers to enjoy.

Those with questions about the Dinwiddie County Fair can visit the county’s website at http://DiscoverDinwiddie.com or follow the county’s social media.

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