Last Day of Albemarle County Fair, Weather Brings Lighter Crowds

August 2, 2014

The Albemarle County Fair in was full swing Saturday with longer hours this year, complete with farm animals, exhibits, baked goods, crafts, and entertainment and even a special guest, UVa President Teresa Sullivan stopped by.

Some of the attention-grabbing showcases were the blacksmith and the beekeeper, fair-goers just could not look away.

"To be honest I really wanted to see the livestock and see all the animals. I just thought that would be a lot of fun, " says fair goer Stephanie Graham.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle 4H program put on a costume contest where each contestant was paired with an animal and judged on their creativity.

"Albemarle is a little more urbanized than the surrounding counties and we want people here to know that agriculture is alive in well in Albemarle County. It's a big part of Albemarle County so we're trying to educate the youth especially of the agriculture that's going on here in Albemarle," says Rob Harrison, Albemarle County Fair President.

But did the weather shower on any of the plans to offer more family fun this year?

"Yesterday's crowd was fairly light because of the weather and the uncertainty. It didn't rain that much but it drizzled off and on in the morning. Today started out great, the sun came out crowds are picking up so hopefully we'll have a good day today, " says Harrison.

While the crowd is noticeable lighter this year, compared to last year, fair goers for the most part say the rain was not going to keep them away.

"To be honest I kind of liked it a little bit because I thought maybe the crowds would be less and there would be fewer crowds," says Graham.

"We're brave, we're brave, a couple drops of water aren't going to hurt us, " says fair goer Trevor Bricker


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