The Albemarle County Fair is set for July 27-29 at James Monroe’s Highland, and that means it’s time to start thinking about entries.
Anyone who’s been baking, canning, crafting, brewing or gardening should be prepared to turn in their entries between noon and 8 p.m. July 26 at the Agriculture and Home Arts Barn at Highland.
“The fair is an amazing chance for all of our youth to showcase their expertise in agriculture,” Charlottesville-Albemarle 4-H agent Caitlin Lundquist told The Daily Progress on Thursday. “There are going to prizes, local music, events and education for people young and old including a two-acre corn maze, BB rifle gallery and shooting range.”
Ribbon winners will be determined on July 27, and entries will be on display through 8 p.m. July 29.
Categories are available for a variety of home and garden achievements. There are ribbons waiting to be presented for wines, beers, fruits, vegetables, fresh and dried herbs, ceramics, photography, woodworking, tapestry, weaving, sculpture, soaps, drawing, painting and printmaking.
Home bakers and cooks can also enter a variety of categories, including breads, cakes, candies, cookies, jams, jellies, pickles and jerky, to name just a few.
Needlework categories include cross stitch, tatting, crocheting, knitting, quilting, sewing, needlepoint and embroidery.
Starting in 1982, the Albemarle County Fair typically sees around 30,000 people turnout to the fairgrounds each year. The fair sets itself apart from many others in the commonwealth because of its focus on agriculture and emphasis on education.
“The fair doesn’t have your traditional ferries wheel and rides, but I would argue that we have something better,” said Jason Woodle, marketing and events manager at Highland, told The Daily Progress. “Of almost all the county fairs I’ve been to, this one is always overwhelmed with the turnout from the community in both entry into events as well as coming just for the experience.”
The historic home of Founding Father and former president Monroe, the Highland estate will be the backdrop for contests, performances and treats for the eighth year running.
“We will have all your fair favorites like corn dogs and funnel cake, but we also have local breweries and delicacies as well," Woodle said.
Fair hours will be from 4 to 9 p.m. July 27, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 28 and 29.
Admission is $5; children younger than 6 get in for free. For detailed instructions for submissions, go to https://albemarlecountyfair.com. To register, go to https://albemarlecounty.fairentry.com.
Having trouble figuring out how to register online? Call (703) 732-6222.