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Claude Moore Farm Holds Market Fair

Visitors of all ages enjoyed activities at the annual fair.

Acting as an apprentice, Riley Soos, 11, works with an artisan to spin cotton into thread.

Acting as an apprentice, Riley Soos, 11, works with an artisan to spin cotton into thread. Sandy Cho

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David Ludwinsky explains the process of collecting tobacco to an audience inside the tobacco farm.

The sounds of violin and shouts of laughter filled the air as people explored the grounds, played games and listened to live music. This weekend, July 20-21, the annual Summer Market Fair was held at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run.

Located in McLean, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm reenacts the typical farm life of Virginia in 1771, just before the American Revolution. Visitors can walk on a stone path that leads to a tobacco barn, tobacco field, a typical colonial house, and even live animals that were kept during that time.

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Children watch a performance of live music at the Market Fair.

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Lydia Olson, 2, shows her father Morgan Olson the colors she has painted on her fan.

The Market Fair Grounds, however, is where the fair is held, where visitors can eat roasted chicken, watch plays and try activities that were typical of the time. The admission was $6 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens.

“We’ve been here several times and my wife wanted to go to the Market Fair,” said Ryan Phillips, who is a Human Resources (HR) manager. “We really enjoy this place. It’s good for our girls to see the history.”

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Maggie Richey, 7, creates a rope by turning a crank at the Summer Market Fair this weekend.

There were also many activities for children. They were able to use watercolors to paint fans, create little dolls and play games, such as bobbing for apples.

“I like the painting,” Elinor Sonnet, 4, said. “I painted a girl with her dolly.”

The fair was a good way for visitors to be acquainted with history and see how life was back then. Even some British visitors were interested to see what America was like back then.

“We just wanted to try something American,” said Jo Greening, who moved to this area about a year ago from England. “It was a good way to see something historical and special.”