Take a step forward: Chesterfield County Fair returns with rides, funnel cake and fun
CHESTERFIELD, Virginia. (WRIC) – The Chesterfield County Fair is in full swing after it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Attendees can enjoy fairground classics such as funnel cakes, fried oreos, and plenty of rides, as well as new attractions like a chainsaw artist. There will also be live music every evening and a beer garden.
âIt’s like Christmas morning here. All the hard work is paying off, âsaid Executive Director Brenda White.
White said that because many organizers and vendors only see each other once a year, last year’s cancellation was disappointing.
âIt was like not seeing your family last year,â White said.
Growing cases of COVID-19 are still forcing some big events, like Virginia Pridefest, to postpone or cancel.
8News asked White about the decision not to cancel this year. She said the show had to go on.
âThe expense, time, and effort involved with these vendors, they came from all over Florida,â White said. “We just want them to be able to come to a safe environment and feel safe.”
The fair takes place mainly outdoors and masks are optional everywhere, including indoors.
âIf you are not feeling well and have this or that symptom, please stay away and respect others,â she said.
It’s going to be hot, but Keith Armstead, the owner of Bubble Shooters, said it’s okay.
âYou learn to be grateful for what you are getting in these times,â Armstead said, adding that he was just happy to be back.
âThe most important thing is to see the smiles on people’s faces again,â Armstead said.
Armstead told 8News that fairs are huge for business.
âIt’s one thing to go from income to less income. But when you go from income to zero income, nobody can prepare for it, âhe said. âEven this year, I see suppliers who are normally here and haven’t made it. They had to shut down their businesses.
Big Huberts BBQ owner Barry Clark is also grateful to be present at the fair again.
âWe’re just going to do our best and hope the turnout is really good this year,â he said.
White said COVID-19 vaccines are also offered inside the fair and the health department has helped put them in place.
The fair will run from August 27 to September 4. Admission is $ 10 for adults, $ 7 for seniors, $ 4 for children 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and under.