Overview & Program Partners

Overview & Program Partners

2014 Arlington County Fair Program

2014 Opening Ceremonies – Sponsored by  Dominion Logo 2012

The Arlington County Fair Board of Directors is proud to partner with Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and the Arlington County Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s Departments to host Opening Ceremonies for the 38th Annual Arlington County Fair on Thursday, August 7th, at 6:00 p.m. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a joint presentation of Colors by the U.S. Army Color Guard and Arlington County Color Guard. The program will include remarks from a County Board Member and the Arlington County Fair’s Board of Directors. All fair-goers are invited to participate in this event.

Photo of the Day Contest

Get your camera out and have fun at the fair! The Arlington County Fair invites you to submit your favorite photographs from this year’s fair for our Photo of the Day contest. Each day, we will select one winner who will receive an official 2014 fair t-shirt and four ride tickets. All entrants will also be entered to win a prize pack for the 2015 fair, which includes two t-shirts and 10 ride tickets. You may also have your photograph featured on our website, fair program, or competitive exhibits guide. Please send your entries to marketing@arlingtoncountyfair.us along with your name and your neighborhood. Photos will be judged on subject, creativity, composition, and how well they capture the spirit of the Arlington County Fair. Winners will be contacted directly by e-mail with instructions on prize pick-up.

By submitting a photograph, you agree to the following:

  • Materials that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violate of any laws are strictly prohibited. If such photographs are received, proper action will be taken and you will be disqualified from the contest.
  • No copyrighted images will be accepted. Each photograph must be your own and taken during the 2014 Arlington County Fair.
  • You give the Arlington County Fair permission to use your photograph in future promotional materials and to have your first name and neighborhood shared along with your picture in our online photo album.
  • Photographs must be attached in .jpg format.
  • There is a limit of 5 photograph submissions per day; please send all submissions for a particular day in one email.
  • Do not submit the same photograph on multiple days.
  • No alternative prizes will be offered if the winner is not available to accept the prize offered. Prizes are not transferable.

To view photographs that have been submitted and see a list of winners, visit our photo album on Facebook. Good luck!

Local Performers

The Arlington County Fair is proud to showcase the best of Arlington and our neighboring communities! Come join the adventure by supporting local artists at two stages on the fairgrounds.

Outdoor Stage
A variety of local music groups and solo performers are hosted on our outdoor stage throughout the Fair. The stage is located on the baseball field. Seating is provided under a tent and fair-goers are encouraged to grab some food for a picnic and cheer on the performers.

Indoor Stage
All fair-goers are invited to visit our indoor stage to watch some of the area’s most talented groups perform. From singers to dancers to Bingo, a variety of entertainment will be showcased!

Arlington County Fair 5K Run/Walk

The Arlington County Fair is excited to once again offer a 5K Run/Walk event as part of the Fair festivities on Saturday August 9, starting at 8:00 am. This event is open to all; individuals & families, dedicated runners and those interested in community involvement. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

All participants will receive a commemorative bag with a hot/cold pack, refreshments before and after the race, and the shuttle ride to and from the fairgrounds after the race. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 youth (ages 14 & under regardless of gender).

Packet pickup will be held at the Fair, 3501 Second Street South, Arlington, VA 22204 on Friday, August 8 from 1:00-9:00 p.m. and again the at the starting line from 6:45-7:50 a.m.

Racing Piglets

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!!!

Pony Rides

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.

Cows-N-Corn  cownscorn logo

Welcome to your adventure in agriculture! Learn firsthand about cow life from baby calves to the adult dairy cows that are producing “nature’s most nearly perfect” food. Cows-N-Corn is proud to show you a sample of their herd of 100 Holstein cows from Fauquier County, VA.

Harlem Wizards  Harlem-Wizards

The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. Whereas a NBA team’s success is measured in wins and losses, the Wizards victory lies in the millions of smiles they are responsible for across the world. Since 1962, the Wizards have been making history with the happiness, fun, goodwill and excitement they bring. The Wizards are sure to continue their successful legacy both on and off the court this season.

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!

The Arlington County Public Library  Arlington Public Library

Take an adventure at the local library while at the Fair! Volunteers from The Arlington County Public Library will be at the Kids’ Court Saturday and Sunday to play games and share the love of books with your family. Enjoy the free activities and learn more about the treasures at your local branch.

Scavenger Hunt – Sponsored by  Walk Arlington

Hey Kids! Step right up, try WalkArlington’s 2014 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! 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!

The WalkArlington Scavenger Hunt runs from Friday through Sunday. Pick up your free copy of the Scavenger Hunt from the Fair’s information desk, 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 booth, 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. Since answers can be turned in during Fair hours on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you don’t have to complete all the questions in one day to get a prize!!

WalkArlington’s Scavenger Hunt is designed for kids under 12, but anyone can give it a try! Questions? Visit WalkArlington.com, contact info@walkarlington.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! 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!

Sports Programming

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. You’re invited to join the fun! Whether an organized social sport club or a informal lawn game, the activities are meant for audience participation. So, jump in! Check the outdoor entertainment schedule for details.

Perfect Pointe Dance Studio  logo_CMYK_300dpi

Dance studio Perfect Pointe is partnering with the Arlington County Fair to provide activities for fair-goers of all ages. The locally based studio will host creative movement sessions on the Kids’ Court, Hip Hop classes on the turf field, and provide a VIP cool down session for 5K participants.