Summer’s End: The Rockingham County Fair in Pictures

Holly Marcus -- August 20th, 2010

Another Rockingham County summer comes to a crescendo in the week-long festivities of a county fair. The fair is a place where the idyllic pageantry of the cattle barn collides with the realities of the midway. Where home-canned pickles are awarded blue ribbons as trash cans fill with empty Coke bottles. Where blacksmiths form iron by hand while hip-hop teenagers innocently pat the source of their next meal. Where a celebration of the past becomes a showcase of the future.

It’s fair week in Rockingham County.

Photos by Holly Marcus. Text by Jeremiah Knupp.

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12 Responses to “Summer’s End: The Rockingham County Fair in Pictures”

  1. Emmy says:


  2. Bazrik says:

    Whoa, someone’s got some photo skills! Inspiring work by Holly…

  3. Holly says:

    Love the photos.

  4. Nice description. You can’t know Rockingham County, Virginia if you ain’t been to the fair. It’s a big fat cross-section through everything Rockingham. Like walking into a barn and getting a nostril full of ammonia – overwhelming, eye-opening.

  5. I really like the shots of the Mennonites in the grass and the young cowboy on his cell phone.


  6. Renee says:

    Great shots, Holly!

  7. Deb SF says:

    These are absolutely terrific. *clap*clap*clap*

  8. Brooke says:

    Beautiful shots, Holly!

  9. Dawn-Marie Singleton says:

    Just wondered if I could have a copy of the picture of the Dress the Cow contest – that’s my daughter.

  10. Holly Marcus says:

    Thanks for all of the positive feedback. We plan to make photo essays a regular feature on hburgnews.

  11. Kris says:

    Do you photograph weddings? I plan them and am looking for another photographer for recommeding.

  12. Andy Perrine says:


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