It doesn’t matter if you are in your senior years, raising a family, or a kid loving vegetables in a new way, Lucketts Fair is a multi-generational family experience celebrating Virginia’s agricultural heritage.
Keep on “Re-Discovering” is the theme for this year’s Lucketts Fair on August 15 and 16th. In addition to the traditional agricultural and country events, the Fair is bringing back some big time favorites including a mechanical bull, horse drawn wagon rides and sheep herding demonstrations. New this year is a nod to the growing viticulture economy where visitors can squeeze grapes into juice for a delicious sample and learn about growing grapes. Be charmed by walkabout entertainers, including a magician and stilt-walker.
“This is our 43rd year and involves our whole agricultural community as well as Loudoun County. This is a glimpse at the past with agricultural exhibits for the old agricultural world as well as looking to the future and where agriculture is today in our community. For example sheep shearing is done by hand tools and you will see rug hookers and wool being spun. Kids are able to see the many steps in going from the wool on the sheep to being used to make clothing and rugs.” said Mary Gustafson, the marketing chair for the festival.
The fair is open from 9 to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Like all great fairs here in the valley, visitors will enjoy Bluegrass bands. Great food is available including: BBQ and ribs, crab cakes, Cajun and Greek specialties as well as funnel cakes and kettle corn. But one of the best treats is the hand-churned homemade ice cream prepared by the Lucketts Elementary School PTO.
Do you think you make the best fruit pie? Well, here is your chance to step up and get recognize with the “Great Fruit Pie Baking Contest”. There is also the opportunity to take first place with the largest tomato and zucchini contest. And the kids can have great fun entering the “Best Dressed Vegetable”. To register in advance, call the Lucketts Community Center 703-771-5281 by Friday, August 14.
Are you a reader? Lucketts Fair has a Reader’s Garden where over fifteen authors will talk about, sell, and autograph their works. Subjects include everything from Civil War history to murder mysteries to children’s books.
In “The back field”, sit aboard antique tractors and visit the hands-on farming exhibits brought to the Fair by the Loudoun Heritage Museum. Let the pint-sized adventurers find their way in and out of the hay maze. “The tractors are very popular with the men attending.” said Gustafson.
The grounds are packed with over 100 plus juried crafters and demonstrations, antique vendors, clogging on stage, and educational and historical displays to round out a great day in the country.
So what is Lucketts – a village, town? Lucketts is actually a designated region between the west side of Leesburg, Virginia to the Potomac River at Point of Rocks. It is much more than a cross roads on Route 15. The only official building in Lucketts was a Post Office managed by Mrs Roger Lucketts. Today that building is a general store offering antiques, home decor, and a gift store.
Plan to visit the Lucketts Fair for a true American experience. A great fair for a multi-generational family vacation. The event is brought to you by the hard-working volunteers of the Lucketts Community Center Advisory Board, Loudoun Parks and Recreation and the great community of Lucketts. Still only $5 at the gate, 6 years and younger are free! Gates open at 9 am until 5 pm, August 15 &16, rain or shine at the Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg, VA. 703-771-5281 information. Keep up with the latest news on facebook.