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August 4, 2008

36th Annual Lucketts Fair Set for August 23 and 24

(LUCKETTS, VA) –   The 36th Annual Lucketts Fair will take place August 23 and 24, 2008, promising “Fresh Squeezed Fun With Home-Grown Flavor!”  

Juried, handmade crafts, quality antiques and historic and country-life demonstrations are the centerpiece of the Fair, with bluegrass bands playing in an outdoor gazebo.  Two additional stages offer live music and family entertainment. 

Folks will enjoy down-home food prepared by local groups, like the Ruritan Club’s barbeque ribs, Mt. Pleasant Church’s country ham sandwiches and Lucketts Elementary School PTA’s famous hand-churned ice cream – there are more than 15 flavors this year, several feature fruit from local orchards. 

Children’s entertainment includes clowns, puppet shows, a farmyard zoo, hands-on farm and nature exhibits, and a climbing wall.  Kids can take a pony ride through the woods and compete in old-fashioned tractor pedal pulls.  Everyone can compete in country contests like pie-eating, rooster-crowing and the Lucketts Wacky Olympics, with straw bale relays and a rubber chicken toss.  Traditional fruit pie-baking and gardening contests will be judged Saturday, pre-registration required. 

New this year, Temple Hall Farm will provide horse-drawn hayrides.  Proceeds from the hayrides will help cover costs of bringing the animals and equipment from the regional park located just south of Lucketts. 

In the center of the juried craft area, visitors will find the Farm Museum’s exhibit featuring antique tractors and hands on activities like corn-grinding.  Many crafters will be demonstrating their craft on-site, including a jem-cutter who works exclusively with stones from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.   Local potter and elementary school art teacher, Shawn Grove, will be throwing clay on a pottery wheel. 

Live music is always a highlight of the Lucketts Fair with the best bluegrass in the region.  The left field stage hosts local youth bands Andy Hawk and The Train Wreck Endings, Studio Gone Wrongand Bands of Frank Keim at Loudoun Music Instruction.  Country favorite John Luskey performs Sunday afternoon. 

The “Green Pavilion” is back for a second year by popular demand, highlighting sustainable living and alternative energies.   There are hands-on recycling projects for kids all day Saturday, and solar power demonstrations take place all weekend.

The Lucketts Fair takes place at the Lucketts Community Center and Park, located on Route 15 eight miles north of Leesburg, Virginia.  Lucketts is home to award-winning wineries, top-flight equestrian centers, farmer’s markets and antique shops. 
Approximately 15,000 people attend the Fair each year. Admission is $8 per person with no charge for kids five and younger.  No pets or alcohol are permitted.  Parking is free.  Fairgoers will receive coupons good at local Chick-fil-a restaurants valued at about $6.

Since 1972, the small village of Lucketts has welcomed visitors to enjoy a weekend in the country centered around The Old Lucketts School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Fair proceeds help restore and maintain the historic building and fund preschool and camp scholarships as well as an English for Families program.  This past year, proceeds were used to build a new bathroom in the daycare room.

This year’s silent auction fundraiser includes four Washington Redskins suite tickets (with parking pass) donated by Transaction Network Services, Inc, a signed Washington Capitals team jersey and gift certificates and items donated by local businesses like Tuscarora Mill, Places in the Heart, Maya Caroleena Fine Jewelry and Watches, Landsdowne Resort, Oatlands and Potomac Party Cruises. 

The Lucketts Fair is sponsored by the Lucketts Community Center Advisory Board, Inc. -- a 501(C)(3) volunteer-run organization -- and the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.   Major sponsors and partners for 2008 include 94.7 The Globe, Chick-fil-a, Tarara Winery, Shirley Contracting Company, WMZQ, Loudoun County Visitors Association, Don Beyer Volvo Dulles, Sportrock Climbing Centers, Rumored Creations, Daydream Design, Visuance, Really Great Finds, Old Lucketts Store, Capital Party Rentals, and the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.   

The Fair also benefits community organizations such as the Lucketts Elementary School PTA, Ruritan Club, Scouts and local churches that serve as vendors at the Fair. 


Calendar Listing:
WHAT:            36th Annual Lucketts Fair Fresh Squeezed Fun with Home-Grown Flavor!
WHEN:           August 23 & 24 – Saturday & Sunday 10-5
WHERE:        Lucketts Community Center - Route 15  -- 8 miles north of Leesburg
PRICE:           $8 for adults; kids 5 and under FREE; parking is FREE
INFO:              703-771-5281 and

Admission includes three stages of live entertainment!!!

  • The region’s best bluegrass and other great music
  • Historic demonstrations and hands-on farm exhibits
  • Children’s stage entertainment, climbing wall, tractor pedal pulls, clowns, farmyard petting zoo and more!!!
  • Country contests like pie eating, rooster-crowing, a rubber chicken toss and straw-bale relay!!!

Entertainment Schedule


Bluegrass Gazebo
10:00 am  The Patuxent Partners
10:50 am  Springfield Exit
11:40 am  The Scott Brannon Band
12:30 pm  The Company Store
1:20  pm   The Patuxent Partners
2:10  pm   Springfield Exit
3:00  pm   The Scott Brannon Band
3:50  pm   The Company Store              

Playground Stage
10:00 am  Open mike comedy hour for kids hosted by Chris Consaul
11:00 am  Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers
12:00 pm  Paul Hadfield   “The Funny Guy”
1:00 pm    Celtic Dancers
2:00 pm    Paul Hadfield “The Funny Guy”
3:00 pm    Pie Eating Contest with emcee Kris Consaul
4:00 pm    Animal Ambassadors

Left Field Stage
10:00 am  Andy Hawk and The Train Wreck Endings
11:00 am  Studio Gone Wrong
12:30 pm  Wacky Olympics


Bluegrass Gazebo
10:00 am Patent Pending (Gospel Set)
10:50 am Flint Hollow
11:40 am Iron Ridge
12:30 pm Ernie Bradley & Grassy Ridge
1:20  pm  Patent Pending
2:10  pm  Flint Hollow
3:00  pm  Iron Ridge
3:50  pm  Ernie Bradley & Grassy Ridge

Playground Stage
10:00 am  Open mike comedy hour for kids hosted by Chris Consaul
11:00 am  Kidsinger Jim “POSITIVE-ly Fun Rock Concert”
12:00 pm  Rooster Crowing Contest emcee Kris Consaul
1:00 pm    Kidsinger Jim “POSITIVE-ly Fun Rock Concert”
2:00 pm   Dragon’s Dilemma puppet show
3:00 pm   Kidsinger Jim & Friends Show with Barnyard Animals Puppet Show
4:00 pm   Animal Ambassadors

Left Field Stage
10:00 am  Revolution
12:30 pm  Wacky Olympics
1:30 pm  John Luskey Band

Country Contests & Tractor Pedal Pulls!!!

  • Pie Eating Contest Saturday at 3 pm,  contestants race to eat a generous slice with their hands tied behind their backs! Pies provided by Mom’s Apple Pie!
  • Lucketts Wacky Summer Games -- At 12:30 pm each day, folks will compete at straw bale relay and other wacky contests like catching rubber chickens in giant pants
  • Sunday at high noon, we’ll have a rooster crowing contest. 
  • Baking & Gardening Contests–  Honorary judges select the best fruit pie as well as the Largest Tomato, Largest Zucchini and Largest Sunflower.  Judging begins at Noon Saturday, August 23Awards will be presented Saturday at 2p.m.
  • Tractor Pedal Pulls – All ages are welcome from 11-1 both days to show off their pedal power on new equipment built by the Lang family of Lucketts.

Historic and Country Life Demonstrations

  • Watch members of the Waterford Quilters’ Guild as they demonstrate the basics of piecing and quilting. 
  • Watch the Goose Creek Ruggers as they demonstrate traditional rug hooking and try your hand at the art. On Sunday,Spin Wool with Waterford’s Linda Landreth.  See several different spinning wheels.
  • View the History of Lucketts area through stories, photographs, and learn about our Lucketts area landmarks and prominent families.
  • View “Lucketts:  Portrait of a Rural Community” an exhibit of more than 30 works by local photographer Kerry Whitmer.
  • Learn how honey is made, observe honey bees in action, sample different flavors and sign up for a beekeeping class.
  • The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will talk about butterflies and how to attract them, and talk about the wildlife in the Lucketts area.
  • Visit the Hands on Archeology exhibit led by Archeology Professor David Clark and learn about the history of early Loudoun, human presence in the Lucketts area, how we recover artifacts and why it is important.
  • Visit the Historic House Discovery exhibit with Tom Bullock.  Learn how the history of Lucketts is revealed during renovation of old homes and at old home sites demolished for new building.
  • Watch Shawn Grove from Lucketts, Virginia throw clay on a pottery wheel.  Mr. Grove is not only a popular art teacher, but an artist in his own right, known for exceptional wood fired pottery.
  • Explore Loudoun's agricultural heritage through hands-on activities for children and families. Grind corn, get up-close and personal with antique tractors and pick up valuable coupons for a visit to some of Loudoun County's most popular farm sites.  Sponsored by the  Heritage Farm Museum, Temple Hall Farm and Aldie Mill.

Quality Crafts and Great Food

  • Crafters who will be exhibiting at this year’s fair are listed at
  • Food vendors are also listed on the website along with a map of the fairgrounds.

Sponsored by the Lucketts Community Center Advisory Board, Inc. and Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Proceeds benefit the Lucketts Community Center and the Lucketts Community Park. 

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