The Waterford Fair

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Find something for everyone at the Fair

It’s a fair like no other! Join us for our three-day celebration of all things handmade.   140 juried artisans from across the country gather in the National Landmark of Waterford, Virginia to exhibit and demonstrate jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor craft.  It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work.

The sleepy village comes alive with period re-enactors, live music, heritage farming exhibits, a wine garden, homes tours, art and photography exhibits, a good old fashioned country store and hand’s on activities for the kids.

Proceeds from the Waterford Fair benefit the preservation and education efforts of the Waterford Foundation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Landmark District, and through education, to increase the public’s knowledge of life and work in an early American rural community.

Scroll down or click for information on attending the Fair, being a participating artist or vendor and advertising in the 73rd Fair booklet:

Mill Consignment Shop

The Waterford Fair provides many opportunities for artists to participate, from exhibiting and demonstrating to selling crafts as a consignor at several venues in the village. This is the information to participate at the Old Mill Shop as a consignor.

Check back for application information.

During the Waterford Fair, the Waterford Foundation offers fair-goers a selection of one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from more than 100 craftspeople–also chosen by a jury for their quality–sold in the Old Mill Shop. These items are attractively displayed in the lovely and historic Mill, and sold by Foundation volunteers.

Basketry, woodwork, jewelry, textiles, pottery, Christmas decorations, and other decorative objects are some of the many items that are attractively displayed in this lovely and historic setting. The crafts-person need not be present, although volunteer help is always welcome

Food and Drink Merchants

We’re on the lookout for exceptional food trucks, stands, and carts to make the Waterford Fair a destination for delicious food and drink (non-alchoholic), as well as the best in made by hand craft. We would like savory and sweet offerings, traditional fair and gourmet options, as well as coffee, tea, and other refreshing drinks to keep our crowds fed and happy!

Volunteers

The Waterford Fair is the premier traditional crafts fair and homes tour in the Northern Virginia area. The Fair needs many volunteers to make it a success. The Fair is fun and a great way to be involved in the community. Volunteers have fun assisting with the Fair on the day(s) they volunteer and…get complimentary entry!

A few of the ways volunteers can help:

  • Homes Tour Docents
  • Ticket Takers
  • The Mill Photography and Art Mart
  • The Corner Store
  • Beer and Wine Tent

Please consider helping at the Fair this year and in years to come. The Waterford Fair is an important part of supporting the mission of the Waterford Foundation and preserving this National Historic Landmark. The help of volunteers is much appreciated!

Contact the Waterford Foundation office at 540-882-3018 or email.

Check back for important dates and application information.

Any questions please contact the Fair office at 540-882-3018, ext. 4 or email [email protected].

Advertise in the 74th Waterford Fair Booklet!

Need a community service project for your staff? Sponsor our Local Libations Tent — pour beer, have fun and help the Foundation preserve the National Historic Landmark of Waterford. Or place an ad for your business in the collectible Fair Booklet. We offer a wide range of opportunities for all budgets.

DO YOU KNOW…

  • Approximately 20,000 visitors attend the Waterford Fair annually, many returning year after year.
  • A 2014 survey conducted by Visit Loudoun indicated that 65 percent of visitors to the Waterford Fair come from Virginia. Of those, 75.9 percent are women; 41.8 percent have college degrees; and 68 percent are day-trippers. Each spends an average of $337.11 on food, wine, events, shopping, and fuel.  Those who spend the night spend an average of $1,042.22.
  • They represent a huge pool of potential customers for your company—thousands of young families and high-end buying public interested in the Fair’s quality traditional crafts, historic homes privately owned which are open only once a year, and interactive history lessons about life in an early American rural village.
  • A four-time winner of Loudoun County’s Event of the Year by Visit Loudoun, the Waterford Fair provides “lasting benefits to the community…and the generations of overnight stays and effective promotion to out-of-county visitors.”

Save the date for the 2019 Waterford Fair!

October 4, 5, 6

The upcoming Fair is a very special 75th Anniversary of the Waterford Foundation. Join us!

FAQs

What is included in the ticket price?

Parking, admission, tour of historic homes and all exhibit buildings, all entertainment and re-enactments, craft demonstrations, and hand’s on children’s activities. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

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 gas 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. 340W towards Charlestown, exit at 17 towards Brunswick, go through two round-abouts to continue on 17 South, at traffic light bear right to stay on 17 South (Berlin Turnpike), cross the Potomac river and continue on Berlin Turnpike. In Lovettsville, go around the “squirkle”, at the end of the road turn left on Berlin Turnpike, go 250 ft. and turn left on Berlin Turnipke, go 350 feet and turn right on East Broad Way, which turns into Milltown Rd. Follow Milltown Rd.for 6 1/2 miles. You will be directed to parking when you reach Old Wheatland Rd.

From West of Waterford: Rt. 7 to Rt. 287 to Rt. 9 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. If you are coming in from West Virginia follow 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.

Where do I park?

There are 3 large parking fields. As you enter the village you will be directed by Fair traffic personnel.

What do you do if it rains?

The Fair goes on rain or shine. All buildings and vendors are open. Please dress accordingly.

Is the Fair wheelchair accessible?

The Waterford Fair takes place throughout the village of Waterford and its surrounding fields. With its hills and uneven roads and sidewalks, it is not easy for physically disabled people to navigate. We offer limited handicapped access facilities and parking at each entry gate. Most of the historic buildings and private houses on tour are not wheelchair accessible.

A designated handicapped drop-off area is located at the Catoctin Church. After drop-off, please proceed to the Red Lot to park.

There are marked handicapped spaces at the entrance of the Blue Lot (Huntley) and the Red Lot (Water Street Meadow).There are no units at the Yellow Lot (Phillips Farm). Limited shuttle service will be provided by Road Yachts in the Village on Friday and Saturday.

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.

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