Augusta County Fair to Kick Off

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Next Tuesday, the land at the Augusta County Expoland will, once again, become the Augusta County Fair. According to Augusta County Fair President Jeff Slaven, it's one of the oldest fairs in the state, but he states, "For a number of years, late 80's early 90's, we did not have a fair in the county."

Slaven's not sure why. And though it's back now, he admits the Augusta County Fair doesn't have the same pizzazz as neighboring fairs. Slaven notes, "Rockingham has a huge fair. It's more of a regional event, anymore than it is a local event."

The Augusta County Fair is different. It doesn't have a home or fairgrounds. It takes place in between other events at Expoland, and it doesn't have a staff. Says Slaven, "The fair here is put on totally volunteer. Everyone on the fair board has a job, an occupation they have to tend to." Other fairs have permanent staff, and land that they own.

Those fairs turn profits, but Slaven is quick to note that profits aren't his main concern, saying, "Large dollar amounts in the bank the week after the fair doesn't necessarily serve the whole purpose of having a fair in the county." He says it's more about good ol' fun.

The Augusta County Fair starts Tuesday, August 5 and runs through Saturday. For a schedule of events, log on to www.augustacountyfair.comor call 540-245-5627.


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