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One more year of magic at The Lucketts Fair

Scenes such as this can be found in Lucketts Aug. 19 and 20 during the final running of The Lucketts Fair. Facebook/The Lucketts Fair
It's always hard to see a good thing come to an end. But, after 45 years, The Lucketts Fair will close its doors after this year.

The annual event – established to benefit the Lucketts Community Center's educational programs – has been a local tradition every August for good, old-fashioned family fun.

Hilary Cooley, director of the Lucketts Community Center, has organized the fair for the past 16 years.

“It was not an easy decision, but we wanted to go out with a bang and have a great year,” Cooley said.

She cites numerous reasons, including reduced attendance, difficulty finding volunteers, and a new Lucketts Firehouse that will be built in the space used for event parking.

Cooley said many people are not buying crafts these days, and with the online artist community on places such as Etsy.com, people who are looking to buy arts and crafts can find them on the web.

For those who would like to head to the fair for one last time Aug. 19 and 20, there is a full schedule of events and activities for people of all ages.

In addition to the juried arts and crafts show, there will be a variety of unique exhibits, including border collies herding sheep, the Waterford quilters, rug hooking, beekeepers, Master Gardeners of Loudoun, blacksmithing and ironwork and more.

Also popular every year are Bluegrass bands and other music acts, the pie baking contest, a bakery inside the community center, and all of the delicious fare from participating food vendors.

For only 50 cents, participants can sign up for the “cake walk” during each of the band's 15-minute breaks. Designed to be similar to a game of musical chairs, the last person with a chair wins a cake.

New this year is a dairy farm display, to teach the processes involved in dairy farming. Homestead Creamery from Rocky Mount will be scooping up their homemade ice cream as well.

Kids will want to visit the hay bale maze, pony rides, a magician, sand art and farmyard petting zoo.

Located on Rt. 15 north of Leesburg, the Community Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It provides many community programs including a preschool, a playground area and a Bluegrass Concert Series which runs from October to April.

When the old elementary school building was abandoned by the school system in the 1970s, a group of local citizens got together and decided to save it and keep it running.

They created the fair – and the Bluegrass Concert Series – as fundraisers for building repairs and upkeep. Eventually, the county bought the building and it was renamed the Lucketts Community Center, and fully renovated five years ago.

Now, the money raised at the fair provides for scholarships and educational programs at the Community Center.

There will still continue to be plenty of reasons to visit Lucketts. Next year, Cooley said they will create a new event in Lucketts -- a one-day Bluegrass Festival in September, when the weather is not as hot.

Admission to the fair is $7, and children seven and under are free. Visit http://www.theluckettsfair.com for more information.


Very Sad, this is why America is not great anymore! The things like this are going away.  I have gone to this far for the last 40 years, I remember when it was a very small fair.  I rode on top of the Firetruck 7 months pregnant with my second child.  Lucketts and the Bluemont fair are the best around.  Waterford, way to over priced.  Very sad to see this go.  Maybe try having it in October and just doing local vendors???

Its very sad that a staple to Lucketts is coming to an end, but I have seen this coming for years.  The cost for vendors, the county getting more and more involved, becoming more commercial the reasons go on and on.  The fair when I first moved to Lucketts was a great venue to go to.  They had true   crafters, they offered fire truck rides, they had the bakery, they had many homemade food vendors.  I spoke with a few of the vendors one year and they said they loved coming to Lucketts Fair but it was becoming to expensive to hold a spot and the more commercialized higher priced vendors came in and overtook.  So gone is another good thing for Loudoun Co.  (albiet the fair never that I could see benefited our Lucketts Community,I often wondered where all the money went that was brought in via the fair.)

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