Thirty years ago, the first stall of the Richmond County Fair opened in what is now a soccer field as a way to bring back the Northern Neck Agricultural Fair. Now, it rises in August on the fields around Richmond County Little League. Stalls open, selling an array of carnival food like funnel cakes and deep fried Oreos.
Last year, a BMX demonstration came to entertain the attendees, a mix of bikes and dirt bikes, riding high, their excitement mixing with the music of the bands entertaining the crowds of people for five days.
The Richmond County Fair was originally the Northern Neck Agricultural Fair. According to the Fair website, the Northern Neck Agricultural Fair was listed, in 1957, as “The Biggest Little Fair in the South.” Program events included harness racing, dairy cattle judging, beef cattle demonstrations, swine judging, tractor driving contests and the ‘Miss Northern Neck Fair’ beauty contest which kept everyone entertained.” The fair ran Monday to Saturday, with admission of 60 cents per adult and 30 cents for children under 12.
In 1988, the Richmond County Fair returned with Kelly Liddington as the Richmond County Extension Agent and a goal of youth leadership with a focus on agriculture, according to Charlie Spivey, Co-Chair of the Richmond County Fair Board who has been with the Fair for 10 years. At its start, the fair ran for three days, but slowly changed to five. This year, it is August 7 to 11, with its carnival rides, music, the ever-popular bingo games, food, BMX, and space to be a kid again around the 15-acres.
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