The Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair was established in 1738 when the Virginia House of Burgess authorized and directed that, “fairs should be held in Fredericksburg twice a year for the sale of cattle, provisions, goods, wares, and all kinds of merchandise”. It is the oldest fair in Virginia.
Entertainment was plentiful. In 1752 a Company of Comedians from the new Theatre of Williamsburg performed at the June Fredericksburg Fair. Horse racing was very popular in the early Fair Days and in 1751 a purse of 50 pistols was offered by Charles Colson of Long Ordinary on Caroline Street. By 1774, the Fredericksburg Jockey Club’s race meets were seen during the June and October fairs. The Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair takes the place of the Harvest Season fairs of old.
The VA Seafood Festival details will be announced at a later date.
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