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T-Minus One Week to the Arlington County Fair

by ARLnow.com August 11, 2010 at 8:25 am 2,215 12 Comments

You can almost smell the deep-fried Oreos already. Yes, it’s that time of year again — the Arlington County Fair is nearly upon us.

New this year, a traveling educational show called Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue will make its Arlington debut. Bixby will bring with him a sloth, birds, snakes and other exotic rainforest animals. His 30-minute show will include lessons on the value of the rainforest and ways to save it.

This year’s fair will also mark the triumphant return of the racing piglets, who were conspicuously absent last year. The piglets and Bixby will both hold about five shows per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Plan on sticking around after dark on Friday and Saturday. The movies Up and Twilight: New Moon will be playing outdoors on the tennis courts.

As always, dozens of vendors will be on hand with plenty of food, rides, and exhibits to keep the family fed and entertained and to lighten the load from mom and dad’s pocketbooks.

The fair will start on Wednesday, August 18 and wrap up on Sunday, August 22. It’s being held, as it has for the past 33 years, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 South 2nd Street).

Here’s the bad news: there is no parking, except for handicapped spaces. And neighboring streets will be closed to non-local traffic. And there’s no Metrorail nearby. So you’ll either have to live within walking distance, take a bus, ride a bike or take one of the three fair shuttles, which charge $1 each way.

The shuttles run sparingly — every 30 minutes — and only pick up in three locations:

  • Arlington Career Center (816 South Walter Reed Drive)
  • I-66 Parking Garage (near Washington-Lee High School)
  • Ballston Metro station

For more information, check out the fair web site, Facebook page and Twitter account.

Photo via Facebook.

  • MJ

    Or, you can ride your bike!

    • lily

      You beat me to it. Can’t believe you missed that option, ArlNow!

      • Ahhhh, I think my Arlington citizenship has just been revoked

  • Let’s Be Free

    I would advise drivers to avoid the gridlock on South 2nd Street.

    Safest bets for parking during the core hours are neighborhood streets across Route 50 and then hoof it over the pedestrian bridge at Jackson Street which, after years of effort, has a sidewalk approach instead of emptying directly onto the street. South 5th, 6th and 7th Street have spaces open early and late. And it’s not that long of a walk from the Career Center lot — if you’re mobile forget the shuttle.

    Or if I see you driving down our street with a minivan full of wide-eyed kids we’ll invite you to park in our driveway. Have fun everyone!

    • I agree with parking near or on N. Jackson Street. Lyon Park and Ashton Heights always has the best parking for the fair. But it does fill up fast!

    • Josh S

      Shhhh. Don’t say this too loud. The grumps in the Arlington Heights civic association will have a cow. (Probably Penrose, too, even though its not in their neighborhood….)

  • The Arlington Food Assistance Center is holding a food drive at the fair. They are collecting donations of non-perishable food at their booth, which will be in the gymnasium where all of the indoor vendors are. Please help them!

    Plus, there will be plenty of other booths to check out inside AND air conditioning!

  • Chris

    I heard the Republicans are going to have balloons again. Watching the Dems get upset their kids are playing with Republican balloons is worth the price of admission.

    • Katie

      Is that how you get your kicks, Chris?

      Gee, that’s sad.

      • Chris

        Yes, I find it funny when a parent gets so upset because the balloon has the word republican on it that they don’t allow their kids to have one. I’m the sad one.

  • charlie

    i want the pig kissing to come back. and all candidate should pucker up.

    i think the balloon debacle was pretty funny. and insanely petty. there isn’t a THING healthy about the County Fair other than good healthy FUN.

  • Adam

    Don’t forget to bring your own water bottle. Free water stations just like last year! http://aire.blogstest.arlingtonva.us/2009/08/its-county-fair-time-again.html

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