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Lifelong Learning Institute: Lecture: The Prince William County Fair: Past and Present

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 10:30am
LocationHylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater
Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute

In 1949 a group of young World War II veterans formed the Veterans Farm Club and organized the first Prince William County Fair to promote local agriculture. Now the largest county fair in Virginia, it attracts 90,000-100,000 visitors each year. In this class, members of the Veterans Farm Club, in some cases the sons and daughters of the original club members, will discuss the present-day fair as well as its history. They will also preview 2018’s coming attractions and let you know how you can get involved. A coffee table book, Prince William County Fair: Farms Forever & Forever Farms Celebrating 60 Years will be available for purchase.

Eddie Roseberry, a retired U.S. Dept. of Agriculture management official and superintendent of the fair’s livestock exhibits, will lead the panel discussion. Other participants include:

Catherine Clemen, president of the Veterans Farm Club,

Diane Landes Burke, director of operations and board member,

Barbara Reese, home arts coordinator, and

Joe Johnson, Jr., board member and son of Joe Johnson, Sr., former long-time fair manager.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

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