Colonial re-enactors, 21 musical performances, a beer garden and more are drawing thousands to the village of Bluemont this weekend.
The 48th annual Bluemont Fair is underway, hosting an array of new and traditional events, activities and exhibitions.
According to Bluemont Fair Co-Chair Jen Stone, turnout this year has been better than last year.
“It feels better,” she said. “There’s more energy.”
One of the most popular events of the fair each year is the pickle and pie contest. This year, Mike Kovacs won best pickle with his Hungarian Dill, while Lynn Bobb won best pie with a traditional apple. Once judged, all pie entries were sliced up and sold for $3 a piece with proceeds benefitting the fair.
A new fair attraction this year is a living history field, which gives families a glimpse of what life was like for area colonists and Native Americans in the 18th century. Children can play games from the era and even step inside a wigwam and teepee to learn about Native American weaving and storytelling. A musket demonstration is scheduled four times throughout the weekend. It will be held at noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
First-time fairgoers Robert Pawlewicz drove to Bluemont from Prince William County for the day with his wife and four children.
“It was something nice to do on a Saturday,” he said. “It’s kid-friendly and there’s lots to do.”
A mixture of musical events are taking place this weekend, including the performance of an organ grinder each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a square dance in the Bluemont Community Center on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Hungry fairgoers can grab a bite to eat from one of many food and beverage vendors, including homemade ice cream from Winchester’s Red Fox Creamery. A beer garden and wine tasting area feature Bluemont’s own Dirt Farm Brewing and Bluemont Vineyards, in addition to Otium Cellars and 8 Chains North Winery.
Visitors are also invited to stop by the community center to see an art show that includes 120 pieces of artwork from 15 local artists. Many of the pieces are being sold for $25 to $700.
The Bluemont Citizens Association has been putting the fair on since 1969, with proceeds funding town street lighting, local student scholarships, community beautification projects, historic building improvements and local service organizations.
The fair continues today, until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $7. Children aged 9 and younger are free. For more information and a fair map, go to bluemontfair.org.