Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bluemont Fair

My favorite thing about fall is the endless fairs and festivals in the area.  This weekend, I attended for the first time, the Bluemont Fair. 

Bluemont is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains within Northern Virginia. It features beautiful sights of the nearby mountains and the local historic homes.  It was pretty neat to see the fog in the nearby distance at 2 in the afternoon that I just had to take a photo.

 Jeff and I started our hike to the fair by parking on a grass field past the village.  Although, it was a bit rainy, we were able to snap some cool photos on the walk over.  The entrance fee was only $5 to attend the 44th annual Bluemont Fair.

The fair had plenty of activities and vendors for everyone.  There was an interactive children's area with pony rides.  There were also other activities like giant bubbles.  The fair also had local product vendors, miniature train displays, historic home tours, pie and pickle contests, animals, music, wine and more. 

Oh yes, I almost forgot about the food!  There were plenty of food vendors for affordable prices.  We ended up getting our food from a local church for $9.  This included 2 hot dogs, 1 chicken sandwich, 2 waters and some cookies.  Not bad, for $9!

There was a big section of the fair devoted to local sheep and alpaca wool vendors.  There were even live sheep and alpacas!  I found the alpacas adorable.  They were recently sheared so they reminded me of poodles.  Don't their heads resemble a lollipop? 
I'm still a kid at heart, so naturally I was quite fascinated with the giant bubbles.  I would like to point out that I was also not the only one lured by the bubbles!  I saw plenty of teenager boys chasing and popping bubbles.   
We also explored the local shops.  I was impressed with the old fashioned general store.  As soon as I walked in, it felt like I stepped back in time.  Inside there were large wooden counters, an old cash register, things hanging from the ceiling, and lots of baked goods for sale.  It felt pretty authentic.  
Inside, the general store, they also had the winning contest pies for sale by the slice.  I'm not a fan of fruit pies, so I passed on this.

Jeff was really digging the pickle and pie contest sign...not sure why.
Overall, I enjoyed going to the fair.  It was neat and affordable.  The only thing I didn't enjoy was the rain we encountered.  The fair is a good weekend attraction for the nearby locals.  It has pretty sights, history and local vendors.  Go check it out next year!

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