Shenandoah County Fair shuts down the sidewinder ride

A car on the Sidewinder ride at Shenandoah County Fair collapsed with a rider inside on Aug. 30.

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue responded and were able to pull the uninjured rider from the damaged car.

Shenandoah County’s Building Official Tim Ferguson spoke by phone that he did go to the scene to investigate.

Ferguson’s preliminary investigation indicates that a pin appears to have fallen out of the ride causing the car to collapse.

Ferguson did say that a third party was hired by fair officials to inspect rides a few years ago.

That party will conduct a more thorough investigation which will involve dismantling the ride piece by piece to determine the exact cause of the collapse.

That third party investigation report should be released when it is complete.

In the meantime the Shenandoah County Fair Sidewinder ride will remain closed.

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Sports Dogs Podcast: County Fairs

In this edition of the SDPC, I pull my Wake-Up Crew partner Scott Bradley out of the bullpen and veer away from sports a bit by talking about County Fairs. Our “sports” tie-in is pro wrestling, which has been a big part of the fairs for me over the years. Enjoy the stories, and we hope to see you at a county fair near you in the coming weeks!

R-Dog (aka Randy Woodward)


Sports Dogs Podcast
Sports Dogs Podcast
Sports Dogs Podcast: County Fairs

Thomas Eshelman will leave Shenandoah County Fair

A press release from the Shenandoah County Fair Association announced that Tom Eshelman will be leaving.

After 11 years as the Shenandoah County Fair General Manager Tom Eshelman has decided to leave.

In the press release Eshelman stated that he felt it was time for a fresh direction for both the fair and himself.

Eshelman has decided to take a position as a representative for the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) friends of the NRA foundation.

Eshelman will focus on fundraising for the organization in Virginia, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Proceeds from the fundraisers provide support for youth activities, education and hunter safety programs.

During Eshelman’s tenure as general manager the fair was able to acquire funds to replace the stable that burned in 2013.

Eshelman was instrumental in acquiring a long term lease with the Virginia Equine Alliance for hosting pari-mutuel harness racing.

Eshelman was also instrumental in the management of $1.1 million in infrastructure improvements at the fairgrounds.

Most recently Eshelman created the Christmas in the Valley Drive Through Park among other accomplishments.

Eshelman’s last day as Shenandoah County Fair General Manager is Dec. 17, 2021.

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Shenandoah County Fair have to make show adjustments

There is a flash flood watch in effect for the area tonight through late Wed. with a possible 3 to 5 inches with some areas receiving a possible 8 inches of rain.

Shenandoah County Fair reports it will hold tonight’s demolition derby Aug. 31 rain or shine.

The pig scramble has been moved from Wed. Sept. 1 to Thur. night Sept. 2 with plans to hold it inside if conditions warrant.

With regrets the Marshall Tucker Band show for Thur. Sept. 2 has had to be canceled due to illness.

Refunds for the Marshall Tucker Band show are available from the fair.

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News Maker Tom Eshelman on Shenandoah County Fair

Shenandoah County Fair opens Aug. 27 and runs  through Sept. 4 this year.

The fair is back after having to take a year off.

We spoke to Fair General Manager Tom Eshelman about what the fair has to offer this year in our latest News Maker segment.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Tom tells us that the fairgrounds weren’t exactly closed last year.

In fact he tells us of some events that will continue and be held this year.

As always Shenandoah County Fair will not disappoint this year either.

Here is Tom’s interview.

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VA. Cooperative Extension extends a deadline

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Due to bad weather the deadline for new livestock members to enroll in either 4-H or FFA has been extended to Feb. 10 in Shenandoah County.

4-H/FFA Exhibitors must enroll by that deadline to show livestock at the 2021 Shenandoah County Fair.

Call the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at (540) 459-6140 for more information.

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