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Celebrate at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park

Celebrate Fairfax County's agricultural traditions and enjoy some old-fashioned fun as the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival returns to historic Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Va., Aug. 3-6, 2023.4-H Fair girl and horse

The 4-H Fair kicks off with the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at 10 a.m. 4-H. Fair hours are:

  • Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday Aug. 6, 2023: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Fair hours are shorter than carnival hours. For more information on the full carnival, visit Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival.

During the fair, 4-H participants will display their work in raising livestock, as well as food and nutrition, photography, crafts and woodworking, and other creative areas. There will be agricultural demonstrations and exhibits, including goats, rabbits, horses, dogs, chicks, cows, tractors and blacksmithing. Times for 4-H demos and events can be found on the 4-H Schedule.  

“This wonderful event serves as a showcase for 4-H members to demonstrate their fabulous work and earn accolades for their project," said India Pearson, 4-H Extension Agent, Fairfax County. “We hope that visitors are inspired by the wonderful exhibits and entries.”

Admission to the 4-H fair is free. Parking is $10 on Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6.

To learn more about 4-H in Fairfax County, please visit

The Fairfax County 4-H Youth Development Program is offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension as part of its partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Fairfax County 4-H offers a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H’s “learning by doing philosophy. The Fairfax County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities - Virginia Tech and Virginia State University - to the people of the commonwealth. Extension agents and specialists form a network of educators whose classrooms are the communities, homes and businesses of Virginia where they bring research-based solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.

Fairfax County’s Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival is provided each year through a partnership with the Fairfax County Park AuthorityDepartment of Neighborhood and Community Servicesthe Fairfax County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Fairfax County Park Foundation, and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park.

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