Franklin County Virginia Agricultural Fair

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We just finished Laura Ingalls Wilder's book, Farmer Boy today. I cried. I can't tell you the last time I cried at the end of a book, but this one did me in! I won't ruin the ending for you, but I will say that things certainly have changed over the years. The character and integrity of ten year old Almanzo was certainly one to be admired and would challenge many young boys today. 

One of my first grader's favorite parts of this book was when Almanzo entered his milk-fed pumpkin into the county fair. My children were on the edge of their seats, caught up in the suspense, wondering if he would win the blue ribbon against all the other entrants! 

County fairs were a big deal back then. Everyone took a break for a few days and head out in their horse and buggys filled with produce, goods and livestock. The community gathered together to spend time with their families, friends and neighbors.

When I heard that Franklin County, Virginia was bringing back the former tradition after forty years, I knew that our family had to be a part! I'm looking forward to good old-fashioned fun, with something for everybody!


Franklin County Rec. Park
Sontag Rd.
Rocky Mount, VA


Wednesday: September 10th 
5 - 10pm

Thursday: September 11th
5 - 10pm

Friday: September 12th
4 - 11pm

Saturday: September 13th
Noon - 11pm


Midway Rides

Dairy and Beef Cattle Show


Hubba Bubba Clown Show

Horse Show





Barefoot West

True Cadence

Lawnmower Tractor Pullers

The Kings

BMX Stunt Show

and much, much


View Schedule


Adults and Youth Ages 12 and Up

Children Ages 5-11

Children 4 and Under

Ride and Admission Wristband
For All Ages

So, if you are wondering if we will be entering anything in the fair this year. The answer is, of course! It's all about the educational experience that this can be. And it comes right at the end of our Farmer Boy experience, perfect! They do have some veggies and flowers they grew this year they plan to enter. Great homeschool project! I'd encourage all local homeschoolers to jump all over this opportunity to get out with your family in a fun and educational way! If you are curious as to what you can enter, just check out the list! Stay tuned, as I'll be sharing more with you about the fair in the near future! Feel free to check out the Fair's Website for additional information.

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