118  DAYS TO GO!

2017 Shenandoah County Fair Schedule   •   AUG 25–SEPT 2

FRI. Aug 25   •  Virginia’s Largest Pig Scramble

AUG 26  •  Family Fun Day – Morning   •   Young Farmer’s Tractor Pull – Afternoon   •   Modified Tractor Pull – Evening

SUN. AUG 27   •   Shenandoah County Fair Demolition Derby

MON. AUG 28   •   Shenandoah County Fair Demolition Derby

TUES. AUG 29   •  Pick–Up Truck Drag Races or Rodeo or Monster Truck

WED. AUG 30   •  Martina McBride

THURS. AUG 31   •   William Michael Morgan with special opening guest High Valley

FRI. SEPT 1   •  Dwight Yoakam plus special opening guest

SAT. SEPT 2   •   Vater‘s Motorsports- “Monster Truck Show” featuring Monster Jam World Champion – “Overkill Evolution”

Other Great Happenings

Alligator Show   •   Virginia Dreams Music Ten   •   Chainsaw Carvings   •   Northern Virginia Daily Exhibit Building   •   4-H Livestock Barns and Annual Auction   •   Amusements Midway – Over 25 rides and amusements   •   4 Days of Harness Races – Wednesday through Saturday   •   Church Concerts and Activities

Daily Activities Tent

•  Saturday and Sunday – Massanutten Antique Tractor Display

•  Monday – Shenandoah Heritage society and Museum Council

•  Tuesday – Kid’s Day –Magic Shows/ Pottery Making / Balloons

•  Wednesday – Senior Appreciation Luncheon

•  Thursday – Veteran’s day Displays

•  Friday – Men’s Breakfast Social and Ladies Appreciation Luncheon

•  Saturday – Arts and Crafters Displays

Located of I–81 at Exit 283 – 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock, Va.



Shenandoah County Fair welcomes you to our website. We've got show information, links, downloadable documents, maps, directions, and contact information all provided to make your visit to the fair more enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you at the fair and hope you enjoy the time you spend with us.

Tom Eshelman - General Manager
Email: tom@shencofair.com
Dawn Burch - Office Manager
Email: dburch@shencofair.com
Phone: (540) 459-3867
Fax: (540) 459-4600


Dawn Burch - Executive Secretary, Board of Directors





Email: scfair1@shentel.net

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah County Fair Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 264
300 Fairground Road
Woodstock, VA 22664

Office Hours



Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

The office is located on the fairgrounds (300 Fairgrounds Road) just off of Exit 283 on I-81 in Woodstock, VA.

Mission Statement

The Shenandoah County Fair Association is committed to best utilizing its assets for the benefit of the Shenandoah County fair, the community, its patrons and its shareholders by providing a clean safe family environment for education and entertainment through the promotion of agriculture, business and other opportunities.


Read this section for directions, a map and other visitor information.
We hope that you enjoy your stay!

From Winchester and points north
• Take I-81 South to Exit 283. At the top of the off-ramp, turn left onto Route 42. At the second traffic light, turn left. The fairgrounds will be directly ahead on the left.

From Harrisonburg and points south

• Take I-81 North to Exit 283. At the top of the off-ramp, turn right onto Route 42. At the second traffic light, turn left. The fairgrounds will be directly ahead on the left.

Hotel Information:

For a more scenic route, take Historic US Route 11 that runs parallel to I-81 into Woodstock.

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Other Hotels:

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Make your mark on the Shenandoah County Fair for another 100 years

The history of the Shenandoah County Fair will be represented by a time capsule buried beneath a timeless brick patio, to be installed at the Fairground entrance. In honor of the Shenandoah County Fair’s 100 Years of Heritage, you can leave your mark on this patio and the fair, forever.

The Shenandoah County Fair is offering 4x8 and 8x8 pavers to be engraved with your name, company name/logo, or message. Your paver will be prominently displayed in the new patio for all future generations of fair attendees and participants to enjoy. If you are interested in leaving your mark on the Shenandoah County Fair, please fill out an order form and return it to Tom Eshelman, General Manager of the fair. He can be reached via the Fair office, located on the fairgrounds, or by phone 540-459-3867 or e-mail tom@shencofair.com or fax it to 540-459-4600. (Click this link to download order form)

The cookbook will be printed by Morris Press Cookbooks of Kearney, Nebraska. This mouth-watering cookbook will contain 300+ recipes — everything you need from appetizers to home remedies — combined into a single book that will be treasured for generations to come. Each recipes will include the contributor’s name, so it’s easy to find the recipes of friends and loved ones.

We are asking those in the community to submit recipes. We are interested in older recipes, family recipes, family/original recipes with a story, as well as current recipes.

We are in hopes of receiving recipes in several different categories! The suggested categories will be, but not limited to:

Salads/Soups   •   Appetizers/Beverages/Wines   •   Vegetables/Side Dishes   •   Main Dishes   •   Breads and Rolls   •   Dips   •   Cakes/Pies   •   Candies/Cookies   •   Desserts   •   Meat Curing   •   Butchering   •   Dehydration   •   Canning   •   Cast Iron Recipes   •   Outdoor Cooking   •   Woodstove Recipes   •   Jams/Jellies/Relishes   •   Gardening Tips   •   Home Remedies

We are looking for recipes that originated in Shenandoah County, recipes that have been entered into the Shenandoah County Fair at one point or another, recipes passed from one generation to another, current and antiques! All are welcome.

We will be accepting recipes thru November 30th. Recipes should be neatly printed or typed on the recipe collection sheet. One recipe per sheet.

Please note: Due to the possibility of duplication of recipes, there is no guarantee that every recipe submitted will be published.

Download Entry Form HERE.


In 1886, the Shenandoah County Agricultural Society organized an event for the purposes of showcasing area agricultural, horticultural and commercial products. A newspaper article lists the dates of the 1887 fair as being October 4 - 7th. That article goes on to say that all trains stop within a few hundred yards of the gates, and Hack lines will run from the center of town. Entertainment including horse racing of every description is listed as the main program on the grandstands, with lady bareback riders, chariot races and riding on two horses as a team. These are some of the first known records of the fair happenings. Unfortunately, not enough interest was generated in the project and it fizzled sometime in 1915.

In early 1916, a group of local farmers and businessmen got together to again attempt to put on a showcase of area farming. Some of the farmers and businessmen had traveled to other fairs in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland. They felt that Shenandoah County would benefit from the same type of event. It was decided that 420 shares of capitol stock would be sold to raise money to start this venture. At that time, there were 338 original stockholders. The first meeting of these stockholders was held on December 1, 1916. It was said to be a large and enthusiastic gathering of said subscribers this day in the court house. Officers and Directors were appointed and a committee was appointed to purchase and secure grounds for the association.

In early 1917, Dr. J. H. Smoot acquired 25 acres, originally owned by the Shenandoah County Agricultural Society. Dr. Smoot then sold the property to the Shenandoah County Fair Association. The first Shenandoah County Fair was held October 16 - 19, 1917. At that time the President of the Association was requested to appear before the Board of Supervisors of the County and ask them to improve the roads leading to the fairgrounds from the Valley turnpike. In the meetings to follow, department heads were appointed and entertainment was secured. Admission prices for the first fair were: Single Admission $.50 and Season Tickets $1.00. Thursday was always known as family day. Local businesses closed at Noon and families came to the fair with their packed lunches and enjoyed afternoon picnics under the trees followed by evening entertainment in the grandstands. The first radio advertising for the fair occurred in 1941, and they had a budget of $20.00. These advertising dollars were to be spent at the radio stations in Harrisonburg and Winchester. As a result of relief efforts during World War II, no fair was held in 1943 and 1944.

Over the years, the fair has acquired more land and has grown to fit the needs of our community. Currently we have approximately 68 acres and 365 stockholders. Our Board of Directors is made up of 14 volunteer stockholders. These volunteers give countless hours of their own time to organizing and preparing each years fair.

An entertainment committee plans and coordinates our entertainment each year with a booking agency. Throughout the years, that booking agency has been able to provide a lot of insight into what types of entertainment are popular in our area. Each year we strive to provide equal or better entertainment than the years before. The fair has had quite an array of entertainment over the years. High-wire acts and bicycle racing were some of the earlier entertainment. In 1948 the Eastern Roadster Association put on automobile races on the racetrack. It is said that only 2 races took place, as the cars were not able to make the turns very well and some went through the fences at the livestock barns. In that same year, a decision was made to allow the sale of beer on the grounds. Times have changed, and alcohol is no longer served or allowed on our grounds. Throughout the years we have grown, but our goals remain the same. We strive to provide quality entertainment for the whole family while providing a venue for area farmers and businessmen to showcase their various products.

The fair is a main promotional tool for area agriculture and business. Local not-for-profit groups such as Churches, the Lions Clubs, Ruritans, and others raise a significant portion of their annual revenue at the fair. Youth programs such as FFA and 4-H, whose budgets have been drastically cut, directly need the fairs financial support. In order to offer award incentives in the form of competitive premiums to our exhibitors, the fair must seek community support. Last year we had over 5,000 entries in the various livestock, home arts and horticulture departments. The fair works closely with the County Extension Office and the local FFA chapters to promote continuous participation among the youth in our community.


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