President's Message
2017 Blue Ribbon Sponsors
$500 or more
President’s message…

It is getting to be that time of year again…we are preparing for an exciting 2018 Louisa County Agricultural Fair! I hope you will all be able to come out this year and support the fair, the 4-H kids, the FFA, and all the members of our community that come together to make the fair a truly outstanding event. We pride ourselves on being a rural county fair that focuses solely on agricultural education for people of all ages. This year we have many popular games returning, as well as some new ones on the horizon. Many people say that it’s too hot to come out at the end of July, that’s all the more reason to come participate in the frozen t-shirt contest. If you come to the fair to learn please visit our Living History of Appalachia presentations to hear about the salt mines in the southwestern part of Virginia. If you’re more of a hands-on person please come by and visit our blacksmith demo’s or work with our fiber artist to make a craft while at the fair. If you come to the fair just to listen to good music and eat good food, we have that as well, even a local wine, beer, and cider garden with local brews at the end of the hot days. For those of you that are adventurous we will have an On the Edge bike show going on both days.
Stop by the welcome center and talk to the Farm Bureau ladies and they will get you fixed up with a map and a schedule so that you can get to every event possible. Please read through the fair catalog and see how you can participate in the fair. We would love to have you enter a judged exhibit, bake something yummy for the egg council contest, or sing during an open mic time! There are so many ways you can make the fair meaningful to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We are looking forward to seeing you at the fair!

Yours Truly,
Melinda McCall
Fair President
Mark your calendars!!!
July 27 - July 28 2018
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Cooper Vineyard
County of Louisa
Cuckoo Self Storage
Dominion Energy Foundation
Hopkins Excavating and Repair Inc
James River Equipment
S.B. Cox, Inc
Updike Industries, Inc.
Virginia Tractor
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2017 Red Ribbon Sponsors
$250 - $499
Apple Grove Beekeepers Association
Colonial Farm Credit
Essex Bank
Hoober
Louisa County Ruritan Club
Louisa Veterinary Service, Inc.
Orange Madison Co-op, Louisa
2017 White Ribbon Sponsors
$100 - $249
Barton & Boyd
Community Motors
Dr. Jack and Mrs. Sharon Manzari
Fabric Hut & Gift Gallery
Harlowe Land Management
Holly Grove Repair and Restoration
JB Vaughan Jr Excavating
John and Mark Wood
Louisa County High School
Maddox Feed Store
Prospect Hill
Ridgeview New Holland
Robinson Farmer Cox Association
Tommy James Barlow Land Surveying, LLC
Virginia Tractor
 
 
 
Honorable Mention and Event Sponsors
Ann's Styles Unlimited
Attorney John David Gibson
Attorney R.T. Williams III
Carol Coleman
Constance Ware
Floozies Pie Shop
Greeno Farm
Hottinger's Green House
J.S. Purcell Lumber Corp.
Louisa Auto Parts
Louisa Cleaners
Louisa True Value Hardware
Louisa Walgreens
Mineral Restaurant
Obrigado's
Olde Towne Farm, Robert & Gayle Seddon
Patty Madison for Clerk of Circuit Court
Red Star Yeast Company
Sabor a Mexico
Spring Valley Farm
Tavern on the Rail
The Hoffman Kids
Tim's at Lake Anna
W.C. and Mary Page Taylor
Walgreens
Whisper Hill Creations
Fair Honoree - Richard Hinde
  Living at Cherry Grove Farm on Bibb Store Road, Richard Hinde frequently passed the Louisa Firemen’s Fairgrounds on his trips to the town of Louisa. Seeing the preparations for the agricultural fair and knowing several of the workers, Richard began volunteering, admitting that for the most parts he was “manual labor.” His skills and willingness to tackle any task has resulted in Richard becoming a vital member of the ag fair team. He also lends his photography skill during the two-day event. A second role in the community has made him doubly valuable.
Since 2008, Richard has been a certified Master Gardener, assisting with planning and leading programs and projects in addition to training others. He currently serves as president of the Central Virginia organization. In that role, he has worked during the fair as a guide in the judged exhibit buildings along with manning the CVMG booth. Under his leadership the Master Gardeners will expand its presence in the county by setting up plant clinics at various agricultural-centered businesses and the Mineral Farmers’ Market on a rotating Saturdays schedule.
     Richard set up a photography business in a studio on the farm. He specializes in portraits, sports teams, weddings, family reunions and transferring old film/tapes to CDs or DVDs. He covers events at the Louisa Arts Center and volunteers to take photos of the 4-H/FFA livestock show participants, along with informal pictures that have been printed in the fair catalog and Louisa Life magazine.
 After graduating from high school in 1965, Richard joined the Navy. The decision led to a 21-year career in the service and a rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9). Trained in weapons systems, Richard quickly advanced, was assigned to take numerous engineering courses in that field and then supervised crews or government contractors during the installation and testing of equipment as well as served as an instructor at several locations including the Naval Academy. Tours of duty allowed him to travel the world, pass through both the Suez and Panama canals and go ashore in such counties as Italy, Germany and Japan. An avid photographer, Richard always had a camera with him.
An assignment as senior enlisted instructor near Virginia Beach allowed Richard free time to pursue a photography sideline, this time as a professional doing photos and videos at horse shows. He retired in 1986, to avoid a three-year tour which meant he would lose contact with the expanding photography business clients. Through the shows, Richard met Ray and Carol Swartz, the owners of Cherry Grove Farm. They offered him the position of farm manager, so Richard left the Tidewater area to settle in the Piedmont in 1992. Today, he also helps out at a second farm, North Bend Farm in the Yanceyville area. His background in carpentry and other trades has resulted to improvements at both sites, as well as being an asset at fair time!