Experience Western Tidewater at the Fair

Published 9:30 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Today through Saturday is the culmination of a year’s worth of planning and arranging by all the good people who have been dedicated to creating the 39th annual Franklin-Southampton County Fair. Thankfully, the weather forecast is mostly in our favor with sunny days but cooler nights.

The event, though, is more than just thrilling rides or even the tasty food. It’s about the rural flavor of life enjoyed by so many in the area. Naturally, agriculture and 4-H will be notably displayed. One example: Come to the ag pavilion and see who won ribbons for their efforts in horticulture and produce. (By the way, did you know this is Farmers’ Market Week in Virginia? Drop by the Market on Main this afternoon in downtown Franklin.) Another example that comes to mind are the 4-H youth who have been nurturing goats, chickens and livestock and will present the critters for evaluation by experienced judges. These teens and children could well become farmers when they grow up, so let’s encourage them by acknowledging their early efforts.

While pageants are certainly not exclusive to this Fair, they are an essential part of it by encouraging little girls and young ladies from the city and county to become involved in their community. Many a crowned head has stated that service has been the highlight for them.

Another feature that highlights the region is country music. There have often been up-and-coming musicians and singers who have appeared at our Fair, and soon gone on to national fame. Be on the lookout this week for Chase Payne, Riley Green, Dillon Carmichael, to name a few.

If you’re a newcomer to Western Tidewater, we encourage you to attend the four-day wingding to not only have fun, but to get better acquainted with the good people who live and thrive in Franklin and Southampton County.

See you at the Fair!