SAVE THE DATES – August 13-21, 2021
We are back! There is nothing more American than the County Fair. And everyone’s favorite County Fair can be found in Historic Prince William County Virginia. Why is the Prince William County Fair so highly regarded? Well… there is no shortage of great things to do and see whether you are young or old… or someplace in between. With your family, friends, and friends you are about to meet. But the real reason everyone loves the County Fair in Manassas VA is because of the singular focus to make the fair THE BEST! Fun sights, sounds, food, rides, and more framed in classic Americana. Come visit the Prince William County Fair and discover dozens of surprises and good old-fashioned FUN!
The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. Games and carnival rides are provided by America’s #1 Carnival Company, Deggeller Attractions Inc. Prince William County 4-H Clubs participate in numerous activities and demonstrations. Upwards of 90,000 to 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles this year.
NO TAX DOLLARS
The County Fair and Fair Grounds receives NO FUNDS from federal, state, or local governments. Mark your calendars for the annual event August 13-21, 2021! Be sure to Like the Fair Facebook page for updates (Click Here) and share it with your friends!
Over 70 years ago, some young veterans of World War II had a dream that began when they sponsored a dairy show on September 10, 1949.Although done on a small scale, it was the beginning of what is now the Prince William County Fair.
This young group of veterans was soon to find out the perils of starting a fair. In just the second year, the fair suffered and was in debt. Although some were ready to give up the quest, the Farm Club members began searching for a money-making project to clear their debt before the next fair in 1952. They planted forty-seven acres of corn. After finishing their normal chores at home, they met and worked together in the cornfield. The Farm Club members harvested an abundant crop. The final day of harvest ended at3:00 AM. They succeeded and the debt was gone. Their dream was still alive.
Knowing that the fair needed to take another step forward, in 1956 the club bought a sixty-four acre farm on Route 234, just south of Manassas. Today, this is home to the Prince William County Fair. The next few years brought about the addition of a commercial building and a showbarn. In 1962, there was a record attendance of 70,000.
Additional land was purchased to aid with the ever-growing attendance. The Mini Barn was added, plus a new clubhouse for the Veterans Farm Club and its auxiliary, which is still inconstant use throughout the nine days of the fair. The Prince William Veterans Farm Club was incorporated in 1971. The veterans who volunteered their time laid the foundation for what is now Virginia's largest county fair. Their dream survived the early years of debt and near disasters.
The Prince William County Fair is a well-known event throughout the state and welcomes both young and old each August.
A special tribute should be paid to Joseph Johnson, who managed the fair for forty-six years. His leadership, hard work and foresight was a major player in the success of this fair. Our hats go off to you Joe and to all those World War II Veterans with a dream!
The Prince William County Fairgrounds is keeping the original tradition of an entertaining and educational county fair alive. As we look forward to an increasingly modern future; it's more important than ever to remember the all the best things from a long and colorful heritage. Nowhere is the best news – WE ARE JUST GETTINGSTARTED!
The Prince William County Fairgrounds EXPO &EVENT CENTER is open year-round to bring you fun and fascinating events. We also rent the venues at the Fair Grounds to people needing the ideal location for events. Whether you’re planning a birthday bash for twelve, a 200+ family reunion, or looking for a place that can handle Auctions, Car Shows, Horse Shows, Craft Shows, Dog Shows, Auctions, Gun Shows, Motocross, Demolition Derby, Rodeo, Concerts, Benefits, Banquets, Family Reunions, Office Picnics, Employee Training, Expos, Festivals… check us out!
PW County Fairgrounds offers the ideal location as well as ample space for whatever event you’re hosting. We can handle multiple events everyday and weekend. You may rent the entire grounds or just one building. We customize the rental to the areas you need, saving you money. Contact us to learn more.