Fair FAQ’s

Here are answers to commonly asked questions:

1. When is the Waterford Fair?
2. What are the hours of the Fair?
3. What do you do if it rains?
4. How do I get to Waterford?
5. Where can we stay near Waterford?
6. Where do I park?
7. How much do tickets cost?
8. Is there a discount for senior citizens?
9. How much are tickets for children?
10. What is included in the ticket price?
11. How can I get advance tickets?
12. Are there group rates?
13. How do you arrange for a bus tour?
14. I am a member of The Waterford Foundation. Do I get complimentary tickets?
15. Is there food at the Fair?
16. Are there activities for children?
17. Are there fair rides?
18. Are there military re-enactments?
19. Is the Fair wheelchair accessible?
20. May I bring my dog?
21. How can I get a brochure?
22. Is there an ATM at the Fair?
23. How can I participate in the Fair?

1. When is the Waterford Fair?
Always the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October.

2. What are the hours of the Fair?
10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

3. What do you do if it rains?
The Fair goes on rain or shine. All buildings and vendors are open.

4. How do I get to Waterford, Virginia?  If using GPS, type in 40183 Main Street, Waterford, Virginia 20197. For those who prefer the old fashioned way, here are written directions:

From the Beltway: Rt.267 (Dulles Toll road/Greenway) towards Leesburg, Virginia. Left exit onto Leesburg bypass (Rt. 7) west. Exit Rt. 9 west (Charlestown/Hillsboro). Right at the filling station onto Rt. 662 (Clarke’s Gap Road). 2½ miles into Waterford. You will be directed to parking.From Baltimore and Frederick, MD: I-70 to Rt. 340/Rt. 15 south (Leesburg). Cross the Potomac at Point of Rocks, MD. Continue 4 miles to Lucketts, VA. Right onto Stumptown Road (Rt. 662) and follow to end (3½ miles). Left onto Loyalty Road. 2 miles into Waterford. You will be directed to parking.From West Virginia: Rt. 9 east through Hillsboro, VA. Cross Rt. 287 at traffic light. Left on Rt. 704 (Hamilton Station Road) and follow to end. Left onto Clarke’s Gap Road (Rt. 662). You will be directed to parking.

Directions to Waterford, VA are also available from Google Maps.

5. Where can we stay near Waterford?
Call the Loudoun Convention and Visitors’ Association (1-800-752-6118 ext. 11 or 703-771-2617) for a list of nearby accommodations. Or visit their website at www.visitloudoun.org.

6. Where do I park?
There are three large parking fields. As you enter the village you will be directed by Fair traffic personnel.

7. How much do tickets cost?
Adults and teens: $20 at the gate; $16 in advance (with a further discount for 2- and 3-day tickets). Children 12 and under are free. See our ticket page for more information.

8. Is there a discount for senior citizens?
No.

9. How much are tickets for children?
Children 12 and under are free.

10. What is included in the ticket price?
Parking, admission, tour houses and all exhibit buildings, all entertainment and re-enactments, crafts demonstrations, children’s activities.

11. How can I get advance tickets?

a) Purchase at outlets in the Washington area (see our ticket page for addresses) beginning in August 2013.

b) Order direct from the Foundation beginning in August 2013; order with Visa or Mastercard by
Telephone: 540-882-3018 ext. 117
Mail: The Waterford Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 142, Waterford, VA 20197
Fax: 540-882-3921. Tickets will be mailed to you.
Online: Tickets can be purchased from our website beginning in August 2013.

c) Purchase at The Waterford Foundation office, 40222 Fairfax Street, Waterford, Tuesday through Friday between 9 and 5 beginning in August and ending the day before the Fair begins, Thursday, October 3, 2013. Or purchase at the Corner Store, 40183 Main Street, Waterford, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

12. Are there group rates?
Student groups sponsored by a school and bus groups of at least 20 people can get group rates and special parking. Arrangements must be made in advance by calling the Waterford Foundation at 5490-882-3018, ext. 114 or 112, Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 5.

13. How do you arrange for a bus tour?
Arrangements must be made in advance by calling The Waterford Foundation at 540-882-3018, Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 5.

14. I am a member of The Waterford Foundation. Do I get complimentary tickets?
Members of the Waterford Foundation receive complimentary tickets according to the level of their membership contribution. Tickets will be mailed to members in September. Not a member? Join now!

15. Is there food at the Fair?
There are many vendors throughout the village offering food for a variety of palates—sandwiches, barbeque, vegetarian snacks, drinks, ice cream, popcorn, and desserts. The Country Store carries cookies, pies, breads, jams, preserves, and other baked goods and confections.

16. Are there activities for children?
Many. Apple-butter making, Revolutionary and Civil War encampments, parades, and skirmishes, a magician, a mime, and strolling singers. A number of demonstrators have children participate in their crafts such as candle dipping, cookie cutting, pottery, and decorative paper cutting. Visit our Entertainment page.

17. Are there fair rides?
No.

18. Are there military re-enactments?
There are Revolutionary and Civil War encampments. Musters, parades, skirmishes, a wreath laying at the Union Cemetery, and demonstrations of drill and weapons firing are held Saturday and Sunday. Visit our Entertainment page.

19. Is the Fair wheelchair accessible?
A limited number of handicapped parking spaces is reserved near each entry gate. The Fair is held throughout the village on hilly streets and uneven ground, and the village is closed to automobile traffic. A good deal of walking is required, and most of the historic buildings and private houses on tour are not wheelchair accessible. More information.

20. May I bring my dog?
Please do not bring pets. The streets are crowded, and animals cannot be taken into buildings nor left unattended outside. There is no readily accessible water for thirsty pets.

21. How can I get a brochure?
Call the Waterford Foundation office (540-882-3018) Tuesday through Friday between 9 and 5 and ask to be put on the mailing list, or download the brochure: fair_brochure_2013

22. Is there an ATM at the Fair?
There is an ATM at the Corner Store during the Fair. All of the exhibit buildings and many demonstrators take credit cards. Cash and personal checks are welcome everywhere.

23. How can I participate in the the Fair?
Go to our application page to learn how you can exhibit or consign your crafts. There is also information about exhibiting art and photographs.

Don’t find the answer to your questions above? Please call us! 540-882-3018, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fair Chair Fran Holmbraker is at extension 114; Fair Assistant Mary Kenesson is at extension 112.