Make Way for the Albemarle County Fair

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

August 1, 2005

The 24th Annual Albemarle County Fair is set to kick off Tuesday, August 2, to thousands of people. Bigger and better is what fair officials are saying about this year's fair.

"There's so many different things. You're just going to have to come every day," said Carol Carder, Fair President.

And every day there will be more to see, whether it is the pigs, goats, food, or just the joy of being around the estimated 25,000 people who will attend this year's fair.

"People love the fair. People love to come to the fair. We're all volunteers that work just to bring one big week of fun basically, to our community," explained Carder.

But what would a fair be without the rides? Today several workers were putting the final touches on rides as well as other fair attractions. Volunteers are giving their time to make this event a special occasion for fair-goers.

Kelly Crop is an 18-year-old who has volunteered at the fair since she was 8-years-old. "It's always fun to help set up and bring the animals in, and see everybody come out. Sometimes people don't really know what animal it is, but that's the city life, I guess," she said.

The fair will host several events from August 2-7 (Tuesday - Sunday). Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with rides starting around 6:00 p.m.

No personal pet or alcohol is allowed inside the fair. For a list of events, visit their Web site at .

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