The Loudoun County Fair is ready to begin its 83rd annual run July 23, amusing us with animals, circus shows and illusionists. However, some quirky new additions are making their debut this year.
“We’re having the American Racing Mower Association coming out on Saturday (July 28),” Fair Superintendent Arlee Harris said. “It’s basically like a racing circuit.”
The lawnmower racing will feature qualifying time trials starting at 4 p.m. and races that will begin at 7 p.m..
“We thought that this would be a great, enlightening and cool event for the county,” says Dee Howard, the Entertainment Coordinator. “It’s got the lawnmower, agricultural turf feel to it.”
Another unusual attraction as the fair wraps up Saturday night is the “Kiss-a-Pig” contest.
“We get volunteers from the community,” says Kurt Seekford, a co-organizer of the fundraiser. “Essentially, the person who raises the most money is the winner.”
And what does this winner get you might ask? A trophy? A free snow cone?
“The winner gets to kiss a pig in front of the big crowd on Saturday night,” says Seekford. “100 percent of the proceeds go to scholarships for 4H kids, so it’s a great cause. But it’s a little bit different. You get a big pig out and then you kiss it and everybody laughs.”
But this isn’t just any pig.
“They get to kiss the biggest, best pig we have,” says Harris.
Unlike the mower racing, the Kiss-a-Pig fundraiser isn’t a new addition.
“It’s been going on for 20-plus years. Since ‘05 we’ve raised over $100,000,” says Seekford.
The fair is 83 years strong and will sport its mowers, pig-kissers and much more from July 23 through 28.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit loudouncountyfair.com.