The Waterford Fair is set for its annual three-day run, starting Friday.
Organizers have made a big change this year—eliminating the traditional different tickets for each day. Instead, fairgoers will buy a one-day ticket that can be exchanged at the ticket booths or the Welcome Center in the center of town. Tickets are $20 per person, with a student $15 rate for ages 13-21, while children 12 and younger are free.
Discounted fair tickets are available through Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Wegmans’ customer service counter in Leesburg and all Loudoun County Bank of Clarke County branches, or at waterfordfairva.org.
The fair’s new Welcome Center combines information, membership and registration for the Waterford Foundation’s new Craft School classes in traditional artisanship—which will be housed in a tent opposite the Corner Store. Crafters will demonstrate the kind of classes that will be available through the foundation during the year.
The talents of six chefs will be on display this year, one of whom will offer an interesting addition— the “Waterford Cake.” Fair Director Tracy Kirkman was contacted by a young chef at Chefscape who recalled seeing a framed clipping of the cake in the Corner Store last year. Visitors will be able to taste Waterford Fair 2017 version. Chefscape tickets will be available at Wine and Beer tent in the Meadow.
Visitors also can browse the wares produced by 122 demonstrating artists—among them are pewter artists Karen and Stuart Helble, who will be celebrating their 36th appearance at the annual fair. Another old-timer, basket maker Jeffery Gale, was named the top 2016 demonstrator—in a reprise of the award he won at his first fair in 1986. The demonstrators will set up around the village, and other artisans can be found in the Old Mill Shop.
The Fine Art Exhibit will be at the Schooley Mill Barn along with the Art Mart. The Photography Exhibit will be on the upper level of the Red Barn. There will be plenty of other activities, including the popular house tour, music and dance, Civil War re-enactors, and plenty of food.
For local history buffs there will be two views of Loudoun history. Neil C. Hughes, who came to live in the village in 1989, offers his book—“A Village in Time: 1660-1990, Discovering American History in a Small Virginia Quaker Village.” Eric Buckland, who has written six books on Col. John Singleton Mosby’s Rangers, will be signing books from his critically received series on Mosby’s men and his leadership.