By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: September 12, 2018 | 12:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie County’s 8th annual Fair was held this past weekend at the Virginia Motorsports Park.
Dinwiddie’s Fair is one of those things, almost a rite of passage, that all of us so look forward to each year. Surely we couldn’t be expected to usher in fall without first experiencing the amazing sights, sounds, and smells of our wonderful Dinwiddie County Fair—even if we had to do so by dodging a few raindrops from time-to-time!
This year’s fair did not disappoint. The sounds of the rides, the animals, the games, and the laughter from children and adults alike were infectious. The unmistakable Fair smells such as the animals and the hay, all the homemade baked goods, and the smells of the mouth-watering Fair foods were almost intoxicating. There were candy apples, cotton candy, funnel cakes, corn dogs, fried Oreos and Twinkies, Italian sausages, and so much more! You could literally eat an array of delicacies from one end of the Fair to the other!
Visitors to the fair also had an amazing variety of precious, unusual, and sweet animals to touch—many for the very first time in their lives! Stroking and petting baby pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, calves, ponies, and so many other animals was truly awesome for the young and the young at heart!
“The Dinwiddie County Fair is always such a fun and exciting family-friendly event that offers residents the opportunity to come together and celebrate as a community,” said Andrew J. Hardy, Recreation Superintendent – Cultural Programs and Tourism. “It just continues to grow and improve each year.”
Iyla Anderson, age 7, and Mother, Melissa, win a prize at the Balloon Water Cannon!
This year’s fair had something for absolutely everyone! There were more rides on the midway than ever before, Fireworks after dark each evening, and for the little ones and lovers of animals, there was the Bar C Petting Zoo! Vendors showed their wares of every kind and description. Dinwiddie County organizations, clubs, and charities all showed up with information and handouts. There were also the Agri-Puppet shows, K9s in Flight demonstrations, Ackmonster Chainsaw Art, and The Butterfly Encounter. There was also no-Limits Karting, Teeny Tiny Pony Rides, an incredible rock wall, face painting, and so much more!
Toe-tapping live musical performances were provided by Cedar Creek, Bo-Zac, and the Smoke & Wine Band.
Along with being a chance for the community to come together and usher in the fall season, the Dinwiddie County Fair also allows the county’s rich agricultural roots to come to the forefront, something Dinwiddie’s Extension Agent Mike Parrish loves bringing to people who may not get to experience it on a regular basis.
“Our entire office works as a team to put on things at the fair – working with the 4-H agent, our food safety agent, the 4-H technician, and the master gardeners,” he said. “We work hard to reach all the segments that are part of agriculture in the county, be it backyard gardeners to commercial production.”
He continued, “We like to showcase the great agriculture we have here in Dinwiddie County. We have great farmers here in the county. We have farmers who are known across the state who have great relationships nationally with other farmers across the country.”
Parrish added that Dinwiddie’s own farmers are actively involved in the fair, bringing items that can be displayed in the Extension’s booth at the Dinwiddie County Fair.
Trent Woods, 12-years-old, shows off his beautiful goat, Deborah.
“Everything that is provided by the community – tractors, equipment – is a person,” Parrish said. “This person is providing this for the community to see. It’s humbling to see and hear a farmer reflecting on their own experiences when they see something they had a connection to, hearing the older farmers say they used to own or use a piece of equipment or that they used to grow a crop that might be on display.”
Dinwiddie County Fair – The best ever! Each ride was more thrilling and daring than the one before. There were so many wonderful games of chance, and you couldn’t help but feel that if you played just one more time, you might just win that really big prize! Some people actually did.
The sights, the smells, and the sounds were amazing. Surely many precious memories were made that will last a lifetime! Oh, and if you weren’t real careful, you might just have learned something; such as some female goats really do have horns! Who knew?