Weekend entertainment guide: County fair edition

Curbside Cookoff: Trucko de Mayo will feature more than 40 trucks, live music and beer. (WTOP Photo/Max Smith)

Alicia Lozano, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – It wouldn’t be summer without county fairs. Luckily, three kick off this weekend with many more to come as fall approaches.

The Arlington County Fair is in full swing through Sunday. Watch piglets race, climb inside a giant ball and slip down a slide. And don’t miss the deep fried Oreos. Hours vary depending on the day, and admission into the grounds is free. Ride tickets range from $1 for a single ride to $40 for 48 tickets. Check the website for complete information.

The Prince William County Fair also kicks off this weekend. Highlights include camels, paintball and a clown circus. The festival runs through Aug. 18, but this Sunday admission is half price. Otherwise tickets are $8 for adults 14 to 59 years old and $5 for kids 13 and younger. Unlimited ride wristbands are also available for $16 to $20 depending on the day. Click here for more information or call 703-368-0173.

And let’s not forget the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which is celebrating its 64-year anniversary now through August 18. Attractions include a demolition derby, flower arranging contest and lots of rides. General admission is $10, and kids under 11 get in for free. Check the website for complete information.

Sunday marks the beginning of the 58th annual Clarke County Fair, which features beauty pagents and plenty of live music. Livestock exhibits, carnival rides and fresh food are all part of the festivities. Adults get in for $7 and children 5 to 15 years old get in for $2. Kids under 5 get in free. Call 540-955- 3755 or check the website for more information.

If you’re able to sneak out of work early, head down to the monthly Truckeroo Food Truck Festival Friday. It goes until 11 p.m. and features the best street vendors in the region, including Lobster Truck DC, Curbside Cupcake and Tasty Kabob. Follow the trucks on Twitter to see what they’re serving and to catch them in other parts of town. Truckeroo is located across from the Navy Yard Metro Station. Admission is free.

D.C. Beer Week launches Sunday with the annual three-hour beer cruise down the Potomac River. A buffet and dancing will accompany the dozens of breweries pouring out their booze. The cruise departs at 5 p.m. from the Gangplank Marina and costs $125. There will be more than 180 separate events throughout the week, so check the website for a full list of where to find your favorite brew.

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