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This weekend’s Waterford Fair features arts, crafts and live music

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Thousands of people are expected at the 73rd Annual Waterford Fair this weekend to enjoy fall foliage, historic scenery, a juried art show, craft fair, live music, demonstrations, home tours, food vendors and more.

Over 120 artisans from around the country will set up booths around the village, including 16 new exhibitors, such as a hat-making duo who use straw in ways “you would not believe,” according to Tracy Kirkman, fair coordinator.

“We are also welcoming back pewter artists Karen and Stuart Helble for their 36th fair,” Kirkman said.

The Old Mill Shop has several new crafters this year. Kirkman said this is “the perfect place” to find unique gifts and stocking stuffers.

Looking for a great family photo op? Kirkman recommends visiting the LOVE Virginia sign, which will be located at the Schooley Mill Barn.

The Fine Art Exhibit is also back at Schooley Mill Barn.

“The works will really shine due to the recently installed professional lighting. Both exhibits are judged and prizes are awarded. The works will be for sale at the artists' discretion,” she said.

On the food and beverage side, a recipe for the long-forgotten Waterford Cake has been resurrected, and chef Dana Alfaham of Chefscape will be serving it throughout the fair. There will be dining options available around the village, including food truck Grange and Grub, Cob's Chuck Wagon, The Sweet Farm sausages, and La Dolce Vita in the Old School area.

Again this year there will be a Chefscape tent with live cooking demonstrations and tastings. Tickets are sold separately and are available in the wine and beer area in the meadow.

Kirkman said she is excited about seeing the young bluegrass performers who will be on the main stage Saturday at 2 p.m.

“These talented kids have been playing festivals and winning awards. We are really lucky to have them at Waterford,” Kirkman said. She added they are also bringing back the Old World Clowns from Happenstance Theater, who will be performing and playing around the village all day Friday.

The ladies of FREED – Female Re-Enactors of Distinction: African-American Ladies of the Civil War – will be hosting a discussion at the John Wesley Church at noon daily.

New this year, tickets are available for advance purchase and can be used on any day of the event. This gives people the flexibility to purchase tickets at a discount, but not worry about which day they come to the fair, said Kirkman. Tickets are available at waterfordfairva.org, at any Wegmans customer service counter or any Loudoun County Bank of Clarke County branches.

Admission is free for kids 12 and under. Many of the artisans will have a special craft available for kids to try.


They cannot charge you to walk around the town—correct.  However…if parking for the event Is on donated private property (like a big muddy field) they can charge you to park there.  And…I am unwilling to hitchhike round trip to Waterford for what has become, over the past several years, an increasingly tired event in desperate need of a reboot.

Sterling and Leesburg have “suggested donations” for their events.  They can’t charge you to walk around the town. Refuse to pay and put your $20.00 towards funnel cakes and cotton candy.

How is it possible for the Waterford Foundation to shut down all those public roads and charge people $20.00 each for walking around on those public roads?

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