Arlington County Fair Starts This Week

Posted: August 12, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The 26th annual Arlington County Fair, “Celebrating the Best of Arlington,” opens Thursday night and runs through Sunday in the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, located at 3501 South Second Street. Admission to the fair is free.

Every year approximately 65,000 people attend this celebration of Arlington’s cultures and communities that combines features of a traditional county fair with activities that reflect Arlington’s character, diversity, and strengths. Highlights of this year’s fair include pony rides, a petting zoo, pig races, carnival rides and a midway; demonstrations of skills by county police, fire, and rescue professionals; food from a wide variety of cultures; an art and craft show and sale; live entertainment; and exhibits by government, nonprofit, and commercial organizations.

On Saturday, the new Miss Virginia, School of Law student Jennifer Pitts, will make an appearance at George Mason’s booth from noon to 3 p.m. The booth will feature information about the university, Arlington Campus development and programs, and the upcoming General Obligation Bond. Faculty and staff members and students who enjoy meeting people and would like to answer questions about the university are needed to staff the booth. Two-and-one-half-hour slots are available on Friday from 5:15 to 9:15 p.m., on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. For more information about volunteering, contact Jocelyn Rappaport at (703) 993-8993 or

For more information or directions to the fair, visit the fair’s web site.

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