Participants came to Frying Pan Park from Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun counties to show exhibits, compete in horse shows, livestock and rabbit judging, dog and pet shows at the 58th annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair Aug. 6 and 7.
Open to the public, the fair gave those used to living in or near a city the opportunity to walk around Frying Pan Park and Kidwell Farm to see livestock and other farm animals up close. There were a small number of carnival rides available for children, including a blow up slide and inflatable moon room as well as a small carousel for the youngest visitors and a tent spraying water to help keep attendees cool. Fair food was also a highlight including kettle corn, fresh squeeze lemonade and limeade, ice cream cones and hot-dogs. Old-fashioned games, goat milking and a pie-eating contest were other activities participants enjoyed through the fair as well as hay-rides, cow milking, blacksmith and farrier demos, animal washing and grooming and sheep shearing that occur on a regular basis at the farm.