The 2014 New River Valley Fair is set for the second-to-last week of July, running from Monday, July 21 to Saturday, July 26.
A wide variety of events will be featured for this year’s fair, including musical performances, contests and other challenges, and as well as diverse exhibitions. Ms. Groovy, the NRV Fair Mascot, will also make appearances during the week long fair and the events leading up to it.
This years contests will include the Quilt Challenge, sponsored by Ms. Audre’s Fabric-N-Friendship in Pearisburg. The deadline for contestants to turn in their finished Challenge Quilt is Monday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farris Building at the New River Valley Fairgrounds.
In addition, the Birdhouse Contest, Table Setting Contest and Scarecrow Contest will be held in the Farris Building as well. There will also be a new contest included in the week’s festivities, with the FFA Chapter Challenge, which will follow a “Youth in Agriculture Theme.”
Farmland Equipment of Christiansburg will sponsor the challenge with a first place prize of $75, a $50 second prize, and $25 for third.
Entries for non-perishable items will be accepted at the Farris Building on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while both perishable and non-perishable items will be accepted on Sunday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Exhibit categories this year will include art, photography, farm crops, vegetables and produce, horticulture, baked goods and candy, canned goods, needlework, clothing, crafts, and youth education. Red Sun Farms will sponsor the Farris Building for this year’s fair.
A “Children’s Royalty” contest will also be held in the Wysor Building at “6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Similar contests, including the “Cutest Baby” contest, “Twins Contest,” and “Cutest Little Farmer” contest will also be held throughout the week.
There will also be a Duck Dynasty character look-alike contest sponsored by Riner’s White Tail Outfitters at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. There will be a $5 entry for all contests.
The Pet Show will be held on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. in the Richardson Building. Numerous livestock contests and competitions will also be held in the Livestock Arena throughout the week.
The weeklong fair will also feature a wide variety of entertainment, including live music, races and other demonstrations.
The Bud Walsh Arena will showcase the Nationwide Demolition Derby on Monday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m., and the Horse Pull the next night at 7 p.m. The Fair’s first annual “Praise Hymn” gospel concert will be in the Bud Walsh Arena on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m., featuring Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers, The Glorylanders, The Gravel Road, and the Fairlawn Church of God Sanctuary Choir.
Oldies and beach music with The Tams will be the featured show in the arena on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. ARMA Lawnmower Racing will take place on Friday, July 25, while the Treadway Rodeo will conclude the festivities on Saturday, July 26.
The Fairground’s Back Porch Stage will feature musical acts throughout the week, with Legacy playing Tuesday, July 22 at 8 p.m., Buck Nelson playing Wednesday at 8 p.m., and Ride’n Shotgun playing Friday night at 7 p.m. Two tribute acts will headline the weeklong festival’s music lineup, with the Cher Tribute going on at 7:30 p.m. and the Blues Brothers Tribute playing at 8 p.m.
For more information about the 2014 New River Valley Fair, visit nrvfair.com.