Celebrating its 84th birthday, the Loudoun County Fair will kick-off next Tuesday at the county fairgrounds on Dry Mill Road in Leesburg.
Arlee Harris, Loudoun County Fair superintendent, said this year's fair will have several new features, including extending the fair an extra day so it ends on Sunday instead of Saturday.
"We wanted to extend the fair an extra day to include the entire weekend so hopefully more people will be able to enjoy it," Harris said.
Event highlights include Tuesday night's firefighter competition at 7 p.m. with members of the county's fire departments competing against together in obstacle courses and events. Also on Tuesday is a hypnotist show at 9 p.m.
Wednesday will begin with goat yoga at 7 a.m. followed by Ninja Warriors at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the Marvelous Mutts at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Many of the events run multiple times throughout the week, Harris said, recommending that people check out the schedule online.
Wednesday is also the Touch-a-Truck event and Kid's Power Wheels Derby.
Thursday and Friday night are True Grit Rodeo with bull riding and roping. Saturday is the popular Lawn Mower Racing and Sunday is the Demolition Derby.
The 4-H agricultural shows run throughout the week, featuring demonstrations with all of the participating animal groups.
“All of the events are really fun and a big hit. We want to encourage the public to come out and meet our 4-H [participants] and learn about agriculture. There is so much fun stuff to see and do all week long,” Harris said.
Tuesday at the fair is Senior Day, and Wednesday is Kid's Day, where kids are free until 4 p.m.
The popular carnival rides will be on site from a new company this year and will be open with longer hours, Harris said. Ride wristbands are available for purchase on the fair's website for $20 a day.
Harris said the fair is a nonprofit organization and all of the money earned throughout the event goes right back into the fairgrounds.
“We are an all-volunteer group, and we are doing this to give back to the community. After last year's torrential rains, we are hoping for great weather and a great turnout,” Harris said.
For a complete listing of events or to purchase tickets online, visit loudouncountyfair.com.