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Old 06-12-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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This thread is the polar opposite of what I experienced. I went Friday night and it was the most packed Friday night I've ever seen at the fair. Long (but moving) lines for everything.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Reston Festival is one of my favorites. However Reston has another fair in the early fall that's kind of boring. I think it's called the International Fair or something like that. The Saturday night concerts at Reston Town Center are also usually pretty good.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Can I ask where you parked? We have free tickets and were thinking of checking it out just for a couple of hours this afternoon. But, I have 2 little kids and really don't want to deal with the shuttle bus, since we're taking a stroller. The website says that there is limited parking on site, but expect it to be full. Is this true?
I was there this morning, there's a free parking garage on site. Can't promise anything but it wasn't very crowded when I left. Because of the heat, people didn't seem to be staying all day, so spaces were continually opening up.

I went as a volunteer, I personally wouldn't pay money to go. I think JEB had a good point, there are a lot of more local events this time of year that may be more appealing to people.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I think JEB had a good point, there are a lot of more local events this time of year that may be more appealing to people.
I've never understood why they try to do everything in the summer months. The weather is actually nicer in April and May, as well as after Labor Day. I have the same gripe with the free concerts. During the summer there are too many, and then when I have time after Labor Day the concert series all come to a crashing halt. I'd like to see these events spread out a little more.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I've never understood why they try to do everything in the summer months. The weather is actually nicer in April and May, as well as after Labor Day. I have the same gripe with the free concerts. During the summer there are too many, and then when I have time after Labor Day the concert series all come to a crashing halt. I'd like to see these events spread out a little more.
The one that kills me (and yet we go every year anyway) is the Potomac Celtic Festival. The poor dancers always look like they are roasting. They have actually cancelled it for 2011 for a variety of reasons, one being declining attendance. More people would probably come if it weren't always so darn hot.

This year, Brambleton decided to scale back its Freedom Fest to put more resources towards Fall Fest, which is better attended. Also, they reasoned that since their events are primarily for residents, why not focus on the one that happens when fewer people are out of town on vacation? Makes sense to me.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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I didn't even know Fairfax Co. had a county fair! Does Arlington County have one?
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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I've never understood why they try to do everything in the summer months. The weather is actually nicer in April and May, as well as after Labor Day. I have the same gripe with the free concerts. During the summer there are too many, and then when I have time after Labor Day the concert series all come to a crashing halt. I'd like to see these events spread out a little more.
Totally agree.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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I didn't even know Fairfax Co. had a county fair! Does Arlington County have one?
Yes, I haven't been to it but I always hear about it:

Arlington County Fair 2011 - Arlington, Virginia

I've also heard that the Prince William fair is good.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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We usually try to go to the Arlington Cty. fair - unless it's rainy It's "okay", no great shakes but it's free (I believe the shuttle changed the last year or so and is maybe a dollar?) - if it's decent weather, it's worth it to me (us, but me mostly dragging him, LOL) - check out the local indoor art things (kids grow veggies, artwork, etc.). Outdoors it's the usual: overpriced junk food, rides, games of chance, etc. - and pig races.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Yes, we've been to the Arlington County fair several times. The rides are pretty much the same ones at Viva Vienna - by Cole Entertainment. They sometimes have pig races which my husband enjoys. .

They have a nice indoor section which is very county-fairish. There are displays of homemade jams, quilts, and other things people have grown or made. Some have blue ribbons on them, so there is some kind of judging for it. Then they have the usual booths - like Arlington recylces, banks, and other Arlington businesses. It's usually in August.
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