As summer draws to a close, county fairs are a big attraction. One that is popular throughout the region is the Lucketts Fair, now in its 22nd year. This is not a big, glitzy fair with midway rides and big-name stars; it's more like the country fairs of yesteryear, with old-fashioned amusements for each member of the family. It's set for Aug. 26-27 on the grounds of the Lucketts Community Center, a restored early-1900s schoolhouse on U.S. Route 15, eight miles north of Leesburg, Va.
There are two separate stages -- one for adults, where different bluegrass groups will perform every hour between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and a second one offering entertainment for children. The schedule includes puppets, cloggers, a storyteller, a fiddler and various children's games. Children can also enjoy pony rides, hayrides, a farmyard zoo, cakewalks and face painting.
For the antiques buff, there is a field filled with antiques and curios, and many of the region's best crafts people will be on hand to sell baskets, woven rugs, dried flowers, quilts, wooden toys, garden furnishings, birdhouses and other handcrafted items.
And there's more -- a pie-baking contest, craft demonstrations, hand-churned ice cream and other home-style food, and a back-roads tour featuring some of the area's log cabins. The fair will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $3; free for under 6. For information, call (703) 771-5281.
The Virginia Wine Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year Aug. 26-27 at Great Meadow in The Plains. As Virginia's oldest wine festival, it draws crowds numbering in the tens of thousands.
Sponsored by Vinifera Wine Growers Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wine education and appreciation, the festival offers for sampling more than 200 wines from 40 Virginia wineries. Seminars provide wine information, and gourmet cooking demonstrations will be presented by wine experts and chefs. TV game-show host Alex Trebek, this year's honorary chairman, is scheduled to introduce the winners of the Virginia Wine Growers Association's wine competition at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The festival also includes live musical presentations on three separate stages. The lineup includes Deanna Bogart, Johnny Monet, the Kiss Tyler Band, Naked Blue Trio, Burst of Silence and others. There will also be a shopping area with more than 80 skilled artists, designers and crafts people selling their work. Other attractions include gourmet food by area restaurants and caterers, grape-stomping contests, displays of classic cars, artists' demonstrations and children's activities.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for over 21; $5 for under 21; free for children under 2. Great Meadow is off Exit 31 (The Plains/Middleburg exit) of Interstate 66 west. Call (410) 269-0661.
The Calvert County Jousting Tournament, the state's oldest continuing jousting tournament, will take place Aug. 26 on the grounds of Christ Episcopal Church, 3100 Broomes Island Road, in Port Republic.
Jousting begins at noon with a mock medieval joust. Four separate classes are scheduled throughout the afternoon, and between each class the audience will be entertained with some jousting pageantry. There is no seating, so visitors are advised to take blankets or lawn chairs.
The church bazaar opens at 11 a.m. and offers a variety of activities for children, and organ recitals are scheduled in the church during the afternoon. A country supper will be available in the parish house after 3 p.m.
Admission for the jousting is $1. Parking is free. Call (410) 586-0565.
The Riverwalk Arts Festival and Exhibition in York, Pa., Aug. 26-27,provides an outdoor marketplace for artists from all over the country. The event is held along the Codorus Creek in downtown York.
It begins with the unveiling of the juried art exhibition and a reception for the artists Friday evening at the Industrial Museum on West Princess Street, where the works remain for public viewing on Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment will also be featured both days at five mini-performance stages located throughout the festival area. At 4 p.m. on Saturday there will be a concert by the Army Blues Jazz Band at the boat basin. A culinary arts court offers a wide selection of food and drink, and a children's festival area has storytellers and supervised hands-on activities for ages 12 and under.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call (717) 854-1587.
Little league big time
Little league baseball brings more than 90,000 fans to the small Pennsylvania town of Williamsport each August. The sport originated in Williamsport back in 1939, and the first Little League Baseball World Series was held there in 1947. Since that time the sport has grown to an international level with more than 8,000 chartered Little League programs worldwide and annual television coverage of the championship game by ABC's "Wide World of Sports."
The 1995 series is scheduled Aug. 21-26. Overall the series involves7,000 teams from 91 countries. Tournaments are held in July, and the eight regional championship teams (representing four regions of the United States: Central, East, South and West; and four foreign regions: Canada, Europe, the Far East and Latin America) come to Williamsport to compete in the series, which determines the U.S., international and World Series championships.
Games are scheduled from Monday to Wednesday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Then on Thursday the international championship game will be held at 1:30 p.m., and the U.S. championship game at 4:30 p.m. The World Series championship game will take place Saturday at 3:30 p.m. All games are held at Lamade Stadium, and admission is free. Call (717) 326-1921.
Garrett County fest
A Country Fest and Auction will take place Aug. 26 at Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Dry Run Mennonite Church in Swanton, the festival offers a fun-filled day for all ages, with musical entertainment, pony- and hayrides, a live farm animal display, a petting zoo, an art display and children's videos, crafts and collectibles, and plenty of food like buckwheat cakes, homemade bread and ice cream. The auction will continue throughout the day with a large selection of items -- everything from wooden furniture to home-cooked dinners and quilts made by the women of the church.
Admission and parking are free. Call (301) 895-3268 or (301) 746-8429.
Folk music in Pa.
Lovers of folk music will be heading for the Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, Pa., to attend the 34th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival Aug. 25-27.
The festival is a showcase for musicians from all genres of folk music, including blues, bluegrass, Cajun, gospel, Celtic and klezmer. The weekend will be filled with mini-concerts, workshops, crafts, camping and fun for children, including stories, puppets, jugglers and workshops. The event will open Friday with a concert showcasing new talent, and that evening and throughout the weekend there will be headline concerts by Bo Diddley, Steve Earle, Michelle Shocked, Tom Rush, Beausoleil and several others.
Tickets range in price from a $21 daytime ticket to $104 for an all-festival ticket with camping and reserved seating. Children under 12 are admitted free to all music events. Call (215) 242-0150 or (800) 556-FOLK.