With Hurricane Florence continuing to turn south, organizers of the 49th annual Bluemont Fair announced today (Sept. 13) that the fair will go on as scheduled this weekend.
Events are planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 at the Bluemont Community Center on Snickersville Pike and around the town.
The Bluemont Community Center made the announcement on its Facebook page: “The fair is ON … Thank you for your patience, the volunteers who put this fair together have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure we could still put on our amazing fair AND make sure everyone was SAFE! The weather forecast is FAVORABLE for a great weekend at the fair so we hope to see ALL of you come and enjoy the 49th annual fair. We are so excited and thankful to bring you this fair again this year!”
Activities include the Indian Village, Children’s Fair, Shopping, Art Show, music, food, demonstrations and more. Admission is $7 per person, with children 9 and younger admitted free.
For more information, visit bluemontfair.org or call 540-554-8643 for more information.
Antiques & Flea Market
The antiques and flea market section is conveniently located near the parking lot.
David Clark, a professional archaeologist and college professor, will share archaeological finds that have been discovered in our region. His hands-on table will be in the Montessori Field between the parking lot and the Community Center. Learn more about bones, weapons and tools that have been discovered right here in Loudoun County.
Art Show & Sale
The Bluemont Fair started as a place for local artists to show off their skills, all those decades ago, and the tradition is alive and well! Come browse the work of artists from our area, and take a painting home when you go. We have art at all price levels. The Art Show and Sale is located upstairs in the Bluemont Community Center—where the temperature is always perfect!
Artisans will demonstrate their skills throughout the fair, including artists throwing pottery, turning wood, making paper, weaving baskets, carving utensils, knitting and crocheting. Artists will be drawing and painting, and fair-goers can try weaving cloth, spinning yarn or quilting.
In the Montessori Field you can meet authors from this area and talk to them about their books and pick up some to take home. Books will range from children’s picture books to novels to local history.
Beer and Wine Garden
Put your feet up, listen to music, and taste local beer or wine. You can buy sample tastes or a full glass. You also can take home a glass that commemorates the fair’s theme for this year.
Barrel Train Rides
Makersmiths in Purcellville and Leesburg will be operating their barrel train ride children and adults to cruise to the lake in the Montessori field. Cost is $1 per ride.
Huge bake sale
E. E. Lake Store will be selling merchandise (including fairs t-shirts) and homemade goods by bakers from our area. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, you can buy slices from the pies that were contestants in the Pickle & Pie contest.
Eric Zieg is the blacksmith at the Bluemont Fair, and he is also the demonstrator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He has years of experience teaching visitors about the role of the blacksmith in earlier days. He will be in Stone’s Field, right beside the Indian Village.
The area behind the Bluemont Community Center is a highlight for our youngest fair-goers. It is a self-contained section of the fair filled with old-fashioned fun. The kids can get a free balloon, have their face painted, play games, make crafts, or just blow bubbles and climb on hay bales. There are also specialty crafters in this area geared towards children, so if your kids want to get a henna tattoo or do some sand art, this is the place to take them.
There are also areas for fiber arts, the Indian Village, farm market, pony rides, gardner’s shed, the caboose and more.