PHOTOPHILE: Albemarle's abundance- Fun for all at 26th County Fair

People of all ages came out to experience Albemarle's 26th Annual County Fair, held this year July 31-August 5.

This summer marked the 26th year of Albemarle County's annual fair. An abundance of food, rides, and activities attracted young and old alike to the festivities. 

In addition to the traditional Ferris wheel and funnel cakes, the fair featured displays and exhibits of local residents' home arts achievements. Categories ranging from art and photography to livestock and green-thumb contests gave locals the chance for some friendly competition– or at least a good laugh in the "husband calling contest." 

Open tents provided shade as well as live music and activities for those hoping to beat the heat and stay out of the sun, while rides and games kept fair-goers entertained late each evening of the week-long event.

Bambi LaRossa and friend Margaret Childress stay cool under one of the fair's many activity tents.

Dan Scogna, left, with daughter Caroline, chats with Patricia Hawkins and her daughter, Campbell, while waiting to board a ride.

Barbara Brannock, left, joins Scot and McKenna Post for funnel cakes.

Drennen Dubose hugs a goat goodbye after playing with the friendly farm animals in the petting zoo.

Heather Jacobs and Ashley Pauley show off prizes they won at various game booths.