August 2017, Vol. 17 No. 8

It's Fair and Carnival Time in Fairfax


The 69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival rolls into Frying Pan Farm Park Thursday through Sunday, August 3-6. Admission is free all four days, and parking is free Thursday and Friday. Unlimited carnival ride passes are available in advance for select hours Thursday and Friday.

Tickets and more information are available on Frying Pan's website. Frying Pan Farm Park is at 2709 West Ox Rd. in Herndon, VA. 

Take a Carousel Park Tour

Have you ridden on all six carousels in Fairfax County parks?

Take a carousel park tour before summer and fall slip away.

The six sites with carousels are Burke Lake Park, Clemyjontri Park, Frying Pan Farm Park, Lake Accotink Park, Lake Fairfax Park, and Lee District Park, which just added a carousel to its Family Recreation area this summer. 


A New Way to Play at Hidden Pond

Hidden Pond Nature Center has a new playground that is much larger than its previous incarnation.

It's appropriate for ages three to 12, and reviews from early users are all thumbs up.

A multi-use picnic and program shelter is being built on the site of the old playground, and it will open later this year.


Watch the Eclipse Safely

Eclipse programs in parks on the day of the eclipse, August 21, are full, and there are just a few openings remaining in preview programs as of ResOURces' publication date. There is a park Facebook Event page, and there are tips on taking eclipse photos in our SnapShots newsletter. The go-to place for eclipse information is Remember, eye specialists emphasize that severe eye damage can result from looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse.


Discovery Trail Enters Its Final Month

There is still time to travel on the Discovery Trail. Still time to win prizes while seeing new parks. Still time to earn an entry into a drawing for one of four free bicycles courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Foundation, Trek and Spokes etc. Just visit eight of 12 select parks by Sept. 4, 2017. Details are online.

While in the parks, look for Lord Fairfax VI. Taking a selfie with him could bring you even more prizes. We post his travels and location on our Facebook page


August Brings National Farmers Market Week

Fairfax County celebrates National Farmers Market Week for a full 11 days from August 2-12.

Take home farm fresh foods for your family while enjoying games, a raffle, kids' activities and more at the county's 11 markets. There's a market open somewhere in the county five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays.


artiFACTS: The Ideal Dining Plate

Americans borrowed this idea from England and Germany. North American stoneware was a versatile ceramic in the 18th century. It's a common find in mid-Atlantic archaeological sites. Learn more about it, and explore some of the county's other historic artifacts on the artiFACTS web page.


Colvin Run Mill Marks an Anniversary

There's an anniversary on one of Colvin Run Mill's grinding days this month.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Colvin Run Mill's entry into the National Register of Historic Places. The park is hosting a free open house that day.

The general store, pictured on the right, will be open, and the mill grindstones will be turning from noon until 3 p.m.


Scott's Run Cleanup Set for Aug. 12

The push continues to give Scott's Run Nature Preserve a little love.

Please join us for a watershed cleanup at the park on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Sign up in advance online, call 703-759-9018, or email


Blogs That Answer Questions

Are you keeping up with Park Authority blogs?

Here are our most recent posts: 

--Do You Know Fairfax County Geography

--Do You Know Why There are Leash Laws?


Nature's Art Reflected in Exhibits

Green Spring Gardens and Huntley Meadows Park regularly host art exhibits. That means August heat is not an excuse for avoiding nature parks because you can still have a good time indoors. Green Spring hosts paintings and photography from the Lake Barcroft Art League through August 20. Oil pastels from Late Bloomers move in on August 22. A nature-themed exhibit of mosaics is on display at Huntley Meadows through August.  




Did You Know?

The Fairfax County Park Authority owns or cares for more than 23,000 acres, or approximately 46 percent of the open space in Fairfax County. About 73 percent of FCPA land holdings remain in their natural state.


Thank You for Caring

Thank you for your support of parks. Individuals, corporations and foundations donated $721,469 to the Fairfax County Park Foundation during the foundation's Fiscal Year 2017.

Details about the foundation and its efforts are on the web.


Fairfax County Surpasses State Recycling Goals

The Commonwealth of Virginia has set a goal for the state's jurisdictions to attain a recycling rate of 25%. Way to go Fairfax County! Our Solid Waste Management Program reported a 50% rate across the county for 2016! Keep recycling, Fairfax!


Construction Leading to Improvements at Sully

As part of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the outdoor walking paths at Sully Historic Site are under construction and will be for several weeks. The buildings remain open and available for touring.


Park Authority Director Named Acting County Executive

Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Kirk Kincannon has been appointed acting county executive by the County Board of Supervisors. He will assume those duties effective September 16.






  August Activities in Parks

Arts in the Parks

The Summer Entertainment Series: Free Concerts and Shows

Pancakes at the Mill

Rainforest Puppet Show at Hidden Oaks

Powhatan's People: American Indian Culture

Aug. 26-27: Annual Begonia Show at Green Spring

Park Foundation Announces 2017 Eakin Award Winners

Campfire Programs in the Parks

Programs for Scouts

Camps, Workshops and After-School Programs


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