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Fledgling fair looking to grow
Stafford Fair wraps up its three-day run Sunday. Organizer hopes to get a permanent spot for upcoming fairs.

 A Ferris wheel and horseback rides were among the activities available to Stafford fairgoers over the weekend.
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Date published: 10/22/2012

BY SCOTT SHENK

The Stafford County Fair wrapped up its three-day run on Sunday in what the event's manager called another successful year.

This was the third year for the fair, which had been dormant for more than half a century.

"Everything's doing good. The kids are having a ball," fair manager Gordon Shelton said Sunday afternoon. "The weather was great. The good Lord blessed us with three days of great weather."

The fair, held at Mountain View High School, had all you would expect--live music, kids' rides, games with prizes and plenty of food. There also was an agricultural angle, with such things as horse and pony rides and a trailer with turkeys and goats.

Local businesses and nonprofits had booths in the field next to the high school, where a steady crowd came and went over the weekend.

There were demonstrations, such as when volunteer firefighters showed how they dismantle vehicles when victims need to be cut free.

Proceeds from the fair go toward local charitable causes and a scholarship, awarded to a high school student who wins an essay contest.

Shelton said the fair is about serving the community and providing some good, affordable fun, especially in tough economic times.

And while he said the fair is getting "bigger and bigger each year," Shelton would like to find a permanent home for it.

If he could find about 50 acres, Shelton, who grew up on a farm in Stafford, said events in addition to the annual fair could offered, such as demolition derbies, truck and tractor pulls and agricultural events.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com


Fairgoers may have seen fliers around the grounds promoting a spaghetti dinner for a Stafford woman battling a deadly blood disorder.

Lisa Raines Meadows of Hartwood has been in a coma at Georgetown Hospital since June 4, according to the flier.

She suffers from urea cycle disorder, a deadly genetic blood mutation that can cause severe brain damage.

Meadows is married and has two children. The family does not have health insurance.

The spaghetti dinner will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Gauntlet Golf Club at Curtis Park. There will also be a silent auction, raffles and homemade desserts for sale.

Tickets in advance are $8; children younger than 10 get in for $4. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, contact Teresa Walker at 446-3604 or Karen Zink at 809-2008.

--Scott Shenk