Country Fair and Gathering At Sedalia


Saturday, September 2, 2017
1108 Sedalia School Road
Big Island, VA 24526
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Country Fair & Gathering is a celebration of many aspects of rural life--the work and the challenges as well as the rewards. The Fair and Gathering is always a work in progress, and The Sedalia Center encourages people who enjoy the outdoors to contribute their ideas and energy to shape the event.

The Fair features an Open Draft Horse, Mule, and Donkey Show--ponies welcome, of course! The show will include confirmation, harness, and under saddle classes. Get to working your equine helper this summer and join the teamsters of the Bedford Equine Association to show what you can do, and also to learn from committed horsemen and women how to work with draft animals.

Another ancient and still most relevant way that animals help people with the work of rural life is the role dogs can play as sheep, cattle, and poultry herders. Renowned working dog trainers Roy and Debbie Johnson of Breezy Hill Farm in Gladys will demonstrate the very special dynamic that enables people to train dogs to move livestock safely. If such an arrangement could make your life easier, or if you just want to see how it works, The Sedalia Country Fair & Gathering is your chance to see what it's all about.

A big part of the Country Fair & Gathering's mission is to offer children a day to roam around outdoors, to see domestic animals up close and personal, and to encounter opportunities to learn what time spent outdoors offers them. From the horses at the south end to the primitive skills campsite north of the wooded Walk of Poems, to the quiet farm animals housed in the pavilion and the traditional skills demonstrations around it, the Fair is designed to give children a sense of the unplugged natural world. The playground, walking trail, and paths through the Walk of Poems all encourage the imagination to lead the body on an outdoor adventure.

The Country Fair wants to showcase the domestic arts. Many young people want to learn how to process a garden's bounty. These skills are being lost as people who grew up practicing them pass on. The Center encourages local food preservers to participate in the canning and baking contests, and will work with anyone interested in expanding the role of the domestic arts at the Fair, such as holding demonstrations or workshops. We have a commercial kitchen that can accommodate them.

As a venue on the Bedford Artisan Trail, The Sedalia Center has the space to host outdoor exhibitions that can introduce your sustainable project, idea, or area of interest to families who enjoy rural and outdoor life. Please contact the office at (434) 299-5080 to talk about making your project a part of the Country Fair.

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