A half century ago, Bluemont town leaders looking for a way to pay for street lights came up with the idea for a community fair that would usher in the fall season. Today, the Bluemont Fair is one of the most popular annual events in Loudoun, drawing visitors from around the region to the village at the base of Snickers Gap in the Blue Ridge.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Community Center grounds and the entire village will come alive with music, crafts, activities, and food offerings. This year’s fair will feature a number of special events in celebration of the milestone anniversary, including a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Community Center, followed by a performance by Beatles cover band Apple Core.
The 28th Annual Pickle-Making/Pie-Baking Contest will take place on Saturday at the restored century-old E.E. Lake Store. Entries should be delivered to store by 11 a.m. Judging will take place at noon and then slices of the entries will be available for purchase. Also, the Plaster Museum of Bluemont’s Heritage, located in the original post office at the store and named after one of Bluemont’s oldest families, will be open and staffed to offer information and insights into the village’s rich history.
On the Community Center grounds will be scores of juried crafters displaying their wares, including photography, baskets, fiber arts, birdhouses, wood carving, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, dolls, soaps and lotions. Greg Adams of Wild Acre Customs, who won the 2018 Juried Crafter Blue Ribbon Award, will conduct live demonstrations of his handcrafted leather and steel works. Inside the Community Center, the Art Show and Sale and Children’s Art Exhibit features works by many local artists.
The Wine and Beer Garden returns, offering visitors the opportunity to sample localcraft beverages and meet the brewers and wine makers in person. Entrance to the garden is free; souvenir beer and wine glasses will be sold for $5, with $1 for tastings and $5 for filled glasses.In addition to Bluemont’s Dirt Farm Brewery’s local specialties, select brews from B Chord, Black Hoof, and Bear Chase also will be available. For wine lovers, Bluemont Vineyard will once again offer tastings of their current selections.
Vendors in the Antiques and Fleas Market offer a range of treasures, including vintage jewelry, antique furniture, license plate birdhouses, and more one-of-a-kind finds.
The fair’s music lineup features pickers, singers, and dancers on two stages. Featured performers include Jan and Jeff, Driveway Stories, The Joker Band, Chris Timbers Band, Ashleigh Cavalier, Nathaniel Davis, Todd Brooks and Pour Decisions, Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, Sally Mae Foster, Emma Rowle, Spiritual Harmonizers, Wayne Snow, and Jim Steele.
The Fiber Field provides an up-close experience with sheep, goats, alpaca, llamas and bunnies along with demonstrations of weaving, spinning, and needle felting.
In Stone’s Field, Eric Zieg, a blacksmith who does interpretive demonstrations at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, returns to share his skill and knowledge. Popular Camp Flintlock also returns with a fife and drum parade and hands-on activities, such as colonial games, quill and ink writing, historical dress up, and even a military muster for re-enactors of all ages.
The Gardener’s Shed next to the Community Center offers native and pollinator-friendly plants, cut and dried flowers, natural products made from plants, and other garden-related objects and art.
The renovated mill at the end of Railroad Street, near the site of the long-gone Bluemont Train Station, will be open and offer an exhibit of railroad memorabilia.
Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness,the nation’s first privately funded rural wellness center dedicated to combat veterans, first responders, will be open for walking tours during the fair. The Rowdy Ace band will be on the retreat patio and the Annenberg Heroes Garden will be open for tours.
The Children’s Fair area features face painting, clowns, farm animals, and hands-on activities. Included with fair admission this year is an expanded petting zoo.The popular Scavenger Huntis being reprised with new features that will challenge the kids to find people and places in other areas of the fair.
The Village Montessori Field will be the location for the Children’s Poetry Contest, as well as a stage offering a variety of performances, demonstrations, and educational opportunities throughout the weekend. Included are students from Catoctin School of Music, Loudounettes Dance Team, Linda Marchman of Social Butterflies who will tag and release 10 Monarchs each day, and Liz Dennison of Secret Garden Birds and Bees who will bring hawks and owls. David Clark, of Loudoun Archaeology, will discuss his archaeological adventures in Loudoun and examples of some of his finds. Local authors will be present with their works to discuss and sign copies.
Across from the Community Center, the Old Stone Church, which served as a hospital during the Civil War, will house three events. In the Sanctuary, an extensive Quilt Exhibit, provided by the Waterford Quilters Guild, features quilts made in the 1880s to new quilts made this year. Members of the Waterford Quilters Guild will be demonstrating quilting and offer a raffle for a quilt created by their artisan membership. In the Social Hall, slide shows, “When the Trains Came to Bluemont” and “Bluemont: 1864,” will be presented at 12:30, 1, 1:30, and 2 p.m. both days.
Fifty years later, proceeds from the fair continue to pay for the village streetlight, but also provide money for scholarships for area students, improvements to the village’s historic buildings such as the E.E. Lake Store and the Snickersville Academy, and community beautification.
The two-day fair takes place this weekend and includes a host of activities for the whole family, including live music, annual pickle-making and pie-baking contest, arts and crafts vendors, a juried crafters competition, wine and beer garden, Children’s Fair, food vendors and more.
In addition Boulder Crest Retreat, which is normally closed to the public, will open for walking tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days.
The event takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 21-22, rain or shine.Admission is $7 for fairgoers over the age of 10, free for children 9 years and younger. Parking is free.
Below are the music lineup, map of the grounds and full schedule of events from bluemontfair.org, where you can more information about the fair.
Beer & Wine Garden
Saturday Sept 21st
2-4pm -The Joker Band
4-6pm Chris Timbers Band
Sunday Sept 22nd
12-1pm- Ashleigh Chevalier
1-3pm- Nathaniel Davis
3-5pm- Todd Brooks and Pour Decisions
Saturday Sept 21st
11am-12pm- Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers
12pm-2pm-Sally Mae Foster
2-4pm- Apple Core
4-6pm Emma Rowley
Sunday Sept 22nd
3-5pm-Jan and Jeff Edmonson
Boulder Crest Retreat patio
Saturday Sept 21st
11-2pm Rowdy Ace Band