The Richmond County Fair starts next week! The fair takes place at the fairgrounds, located near the Rt 3 Bypass in Warsaw, look for the big ferris wheel, named after George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. Tuesday and Wednesday, gates open at 6 pm. Thursday and Friday, gates open at 10 am. Saturday, gates open at 9 am. Each night, the fair closes at 11 pm. Admission is $2 per person at the gate; advanced tickets can be purchased at the Cooperative Extension Office, at their NEW address, 460 Main Street in Warsaw, for $1 – purchase by Aug. 8; wristband ride specials Wednesday and Thursday nights are $25 at the gate, and $12 at local merchants if purchased by August 10th. Tuesday night is a sneak preview night with a wristband special at the gate of $10. And on Saturday from 4 until 6 p.m., rides cost one ticket each – for those under 18. Rosedale Attractions & Shows Inc. is providing the rides and games.
There will be farm animals on exhibit, provided by 4H clubs from around the area. There will also be shows where the 4Hers show their beef cattle, sheep and goats, hunting dogs, poultry and rabbits, a pet show and a miniature horse show.
There are booths of local businesses and sponsors of the fair. There is bingo, and food vendors as well as the food court provided by Rosedale Attractions & Shows. On stage each night, there will be area musicians sharing their joy of music-making. Come out and hear the Gospel music of three local groups – Peggylee Gospel Sounds, The Reunion 4 and P.4.E Ministries on Tuesday. On Wednesday, tune in to Garner Family and Friends, Faron Hamblin of Callao, and Legacy of Kilmarnock. Thursday, sit right down and enjoy Josh Grigsby & the County Line Pickers of King George-Westmoreland counties giving you bluegrass, gospel and country and Cactus Jack of Spotsylvania with their country style. Old Dogs New Tricks from King William will provide some wonderful picking in bluegrass style, and Cold Steel Country who call the Northern Neck their home, will provide the hew-hawing on stage Friday evening. But wait, there will be another stage where you can see the juggling and magic of Jonathan Austin, both on Friday and Saturday nights. Back on the main stage on Saturday night, music will start with the PCB Idol Contest Finals, followed by Andy Vaughan and the Driveline, from the city of Richmond, doing their original country music.