Sponsored by Dominion
Sponsored by Dominion and in partnership with Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Arlington County Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s Departments, the Fair’s Opening Ceremonies will take place on Thursday, August 8th. The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform patriotic songs beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a joint presentation of the Colors, National Anthem, and appearance by the winner of the Arlington County Fair Idol contest. The event will be emceed by Jeff Goldberg, the Virginia Bureau Chief for ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8. Remarks will begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited!
Come have lots of laugher and lots of fun as the Hollywood Hogs All-Star Racing Team performs! These awkward, but cute and cuddly racing animals fascinate spectators. Real crowd pleasers, these natural comedians bolt from the starting gate and race around the track snorting and squealing, stubby legs churning and curly tails sailing along behind! You’ll want to get to each of the multiple races each day the Fair to get a spot up close on the racing track. Don’t miss this event!!!
Back this year by popular demand, we will have pony rides for kids! Look for the ponies just past the food vendors and right next to the racing piglets. Due to the size of the ponies, Pony Rides, Ltd. requests that riders weigh 85 pounds or less. There is a fee of $5 per ride. You can also purchase a photograph to commemorate the ride for $7 or a straw cowboy hat for $5. If you’d like the whole package, $15 will cover the pony ride, picture, and cowboy hat!
Though the pony rides will be open the entire fair, the ponies must eat and rest every once in a while. Therefore, short breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. If you arrive during a break, you will see a sign with the time the pony rides will resume.
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This world class organization brings theatrics, exciting tricks, humor, fitness and dazzling showmanship — just a few reasons we’re bringing the Harlem Wizards back again this year!
Hey Kids! Step right up, try WalkArlington’s Scavenger Hunt and win a prize!
Use your feet and your head to explore the fairgrounds from the ground up, with WalkArlington’s fun-filled, kid-friendly Arlington County Fair Scavenger Hunt (PDF)! Discover more of all the Fair has to offer, from the indoor exhibits to the midway and all points in between. Complete the hunt and win a prize!
Pick up your free copy of the WalkArlington Scavenger Hunt from the fair’s information desk or the shuttle drop-off area or print it using the link above; then find clues and answer the questions while you wander the fairgrounds. When you’re done, turn in your answers at the Mobile Commuter Store/Car-Free Diet exhibit, located next to the playground, and pick up your prize! Don’t have time to finish it? No worries! The Scavenger Hunt is self-guided so you go at your own pace –you don’t have to complete all the questions in one day to get a prize! Turn in your answers on any of the fair days.
WalkArlington’s Scavenger Hunt is designed for kids under 12, but anyone can give it a try! Questions? Visit WalkArlington.com, contact email@example.com, or call 703-247-6991 for more information.
Outdoor Movie Nights
Come watch a movie at the Fair the way they were originally intended: outside on a big screen! Friday night’s movie will be family-friendly (Brave) and Saturday night’s movie (Here Comes the Boom) will be for teens. The movies will be shown on the tennis courts next to the midway and will start as soon as the sun goes down. Some chairs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. You may also bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the show!
A visit to the turf field is a must for sports fanatics of all ages. Each day, the Fair will feature activities and demos from local youth and adult athletic leagues. Whether you’re interested in joining a social team, such as kickball or softball, or developing your skills on a soccer, frisbee, or lacrosse league, you’re invited to join the fun! Check the outdoor entertainment schedule for details.