Activities at the Bluemont Fair
Access to all areas of the Bluemont Fair is included with the price of admission. Activities that cost extra are marked with ($).
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Antiques & Flea MarketCome browse the treasures found in the Antiques and Flea Market section of the Fair! It is conveniently located near the parking lot, so don’t hesitate to buy whatever catches your eye, no matter the size.
ArchaeologistWe are fortunate to have David Clark, a professional archaeologist and college professor, at the Fair with some of the fascinating archaeological finds that have been discovered in our region. Stop by his hands-on table, located in the Montessori Field between the parking lot and the Community Center, to learn more about bones, weapons, and tools that have been discovered right here in Loudoun County.
Art Show & SaleThe Bluemont Fair started as a place for local artists to show off their skills, all those decades ago, and the tradition is alive and well! Come browse the work of artists from our area, and take a painting home when you go. We have art at all price levels. Visit the sale upstairs in the Lake Store.
Artisan DemonstrationsWe have artisans demonstrating their skills throughout the Bluemont Fair. As you walk through the village, you will see artists throwing pottery, turning wood, making paper, weaving baskets, carving utensils, knitting and crocheting. Look for artists drawing and painting. Try your hand at weaving cloth, spinning yarn, or quilting.
AuthorsIn the Montessori Field you can meet authors from our area and talk to them about their books. Pick up some to take home! Here you will find books ranging from children’s picture books to novels to local history.
Bake Sale (Huge!)Be sure to make it down to the E. E. Lake Store. Here you will find Fair merchandise (including our famous t-shirts), the Plaster Museum of Bluemont’s Heritage, and the biggest bake sale you have ever seen—all homemade by bakers from our area. Yes, we have gluten-free too! Enjoy a cup of coffee with your pastries. And on Saturday at 1 pm, stop in to buy slices from the pies that were contestants in the Pickle & Pie contest. See if you agree with our judges…
Beer & Wine Tasting ($)Stop by the Beer & Wine Garden to put your feet up, listen to some music, and taste some local beer or wine. You can buy sample tastes or a full glass. And you get to take home a glass that commemorates the Fair theme for this year.
Blacksmith DemonstrationsWe are fortunate to have Eric Zieg as the blacksmith at the Bluemont Fair—he is also the demonstrator at Mt Vernon! So he has years of experience teaching visitors about the role of the blacksmith in earlier days. Come visit him in Stone’s Field, right beside the Indian Village.
Bluemont DocumentariesWhen your feet grow tired, stop in to the fellowship hall downstairs in the Bluemont United Methodist Church, the lovely old stone church in the center of town. (The entrance is around on the left side of the church.) We have two documentaries that present some highlights of Bluemont history: Snickersville 1864 and When the Trains Came to Bluemont. They each describe a pivotal time in the formative years of the village of Bluemont. They will run every half hour from 12:30 until 2:30 each day (the last shows will begin at 2 pm). Once you are finished downstairs, stop by the church sanctuary upstairs to enjoy the spectacle of dozens of handmade quilts draping the pews and balconies of the church.
CabooseCome inside a real caboose! See where the conductor ate and slept and used the bathroom. The caboose behind the Bluemont Community Center will be open for exploration at designated hours during each day of the Fair. Please refer to the Fair Schedule for details.
Children’s FairThis area behind the Bluemont Community Center is a highlight for our youngest fairgoers. It is a self-contained section of the fair filled with old-fashioned fun. The kids can get a free balloon, have their face painted, play games, make crafts, or just blow bubbles and climb on hay bales—all included in the price of fair admission. Group games and challenges are held at intervals during the Fair—refer to your Fair Schedule for times. There are also specialty crafters in this area geared towards children, so if your kids want to get a henna tattoo or do some sand art, this is the place to take them.
Children’s Poetry Contest/TentChildren can submit poetry to the contest before the Fair—winners get cash prizes! And kids are encouraged to stop and pen a few words during the Fair at the Poetry Tent.
Farm MarketBring home some of the lovely produce that grows on the farms in and around Bluemont.
Fiber ArtsMany of us associate wool with sheep, but other farm animals — including alpacas, bunnies and goats — also produce fibers that can be spun into yarn and then woven, knit, or made into other creative items. Visit Creekside Fiber Arts Field to see and pet local fiber animals; view demonstrations of spinning, weaving and felting; and browse hundreds of items made by local fiber artisans. Demonstrations are ongoing throughout the weekend and are free of charge.
Gardener’s ShedStop by the Gardener’s Shed behind the Bluemont Community Center for gardening inspiration or garden-inspired goods. We offer native plants, cut flowers, art and furniture inspired by the garden, and products made from local plants.
Indian VillageVisit the Indian Village to learn more about Native American lifestyle and culture. This year, the Indian Village’s collection of exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities include: Indigenous and local archeology; a suspended reading-room; wild-color tie dye; morel mushroom propagation; cordage making; rock, gems and crystals; fishing basket weaving; cattail weaving; natural soap making; wooden flutes; food is medicine garden; music and films; Native American regalia exhibit; flint napping; bones, stones and other treasures; and community healing. Refer to the Fair Schedule for the times of the many talks and demonstrations.
Juried CraftsThe Bluemont Fair hosts approximately 80 artisans from nearby and afar in our extensive Juried Crafts sections. Juried Crafts are featured on the front lawn of the Bluemont Community Center as well as in the Barn behind the Center. The wide array of crafts and original art available for purchase includes photography, hand-made baskets, birdhouses, wood carving, knitted and felted and crocheted fiber arts, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, quilted goods, dolls, soaps and lotions, stained glass, outdoor copper works, gardening items, and much more. To see our list of artisans, follow this link: Juried Crafters.
Northern Virginia NTRAK with us. Their T-Trak division will be providing the display. Since 1991, NVNTRAK has been supporting community events and local charities by displaying intricate and detailed model railroad layouts throughout the National Capital Region. NVNTRAK’s mission is to introduce people to the hobby of model railroading and provide information about railroad history and safety to the general public. NVNTRAK layouts are flexible; their modular design allows us to tailor our configuration to the available space. We connect modules that are individually built and owned into large layouts that enable members to run realistic length trains through different types of scenery. T-TRAK is a modular model railroad system featuring smaller table top modules with standards for module size, track placement, track interface, and electrical connections. These requirements allow for a wide range of flexibility in design yet still maintain interoperability with all modules built to those specifications. The popularity of T-TRAK is worldwide allowing for modules from all over the world to connect.