Please Be Safe
First and foremost, make your trip a safe one. Observe all safety rules and adhere to staff requests and keep track of your little ones. Stay alert and let common sense be your guide. Advise children to be aware of moving equipement, machinery, and animals. Many exhibits are “hands on” and we encourage participation, but it is always best to ask before touching.
Review the Schedule of Events
A schedule of activities can be on this page. Although we try to include as much as possible, this schedule does not list every event or activity that takes place on the grounds. Review the schedule and plan your trip with the things you want to see in mind. Many activities occur multiple times throughout the day. Check with the Information Booth and listen for announcements for updates or alerts throughout the weekend.
Plan your Visit
A map of the grounds can be found in the “Survival Guide” or in the center of the Field Day of the Past newspaper. There are four maps located on the grounds at the Information Booth, Sawmill Complex, Log Cabin, and Short Pump Grocery. These maps will allow you to place yourself on the grounds as well as pointing out sights of interest.
Keep in mind, this is an outside event–rain or shine, hot or cold. There are some buildings and tents which provide shelter, but dress appropriately. It can be hot in September, or cold, sunny, chilly, rainy, cloudy, (honestly, we have seen every type of weather, but snow…knock on wood). Dress in layers, wear sunscreen, bring a hat, and wear comfortable shoes. We do offer transportation through the grounds, but you will probably have to do some heavy walking no matter your intentions.
Take Advantage of What We Know
This is not our first rodeo…or fair. If you are unsure of something, ask one of our volunteers or staff members. They can give you directions, provide information, or tell you a really great story or two. Many of the volunteers have in-depth knowledge of what they are doing. Don’t be afraid to ask!
Field Day encompasses 50+ acres, not including parking lots, and hundreds of activities. It can be overwhelming. Pace yourself and take into consideration all members of your party and their needs. Don’t get bogged down, take a break. There is a children’s area with play equipment near the permanent bathrooms, picnic tables near the Educational Building, and lots of “shade trees.” There are a variety of food vendors that provide great meals. These can be busy at meal time, so stop for a snack at the Short Pump Grocery or an ice cream stand.
Keep Track of Everyone
Again, Field Day encompasses 50 acres, There are tons of people and a lot going on. Make sure you keep an eye on all members of your group, especially the little ones. The best way to avoid risks, is being prepared for them. Plan a rendezvous point in case a member gets separated from the rest of the party. (the fire-tower or Ferris wheel are great locations) If you find yourself without a little member, report it to any one with a Field Day of the Past name badge.
Please remember we cannot make announcements for lost members of your party.
Permanent bathrooms are located at the center of the Field, near the Arts and Crafts area. Handicapped and Baby Changing facilities are available there. The structure was erected to service our visitors, so please keep them clean. If a bathroom is not working, lock it and alert a volunteer.
S.B. Cox also suppiles portable toilets and hand washing stations which are scattered throughout the grounds.
Centerville Fire and Rescue have both fire and emergency medical equipment and vehicles on the field. Although we hope there are no need for their services, there are times when cuts, splinters, or heat can get the best of us and it is good to know Company 3 volunteers are there to help.
Goochland Sheriff’s Department, Virginia State Police and hired security are also on the grounds.
Trams are available in the parking lot to the ticket booths and inside the grounds. Some factors–crowds, weather, and ground conditions–can affect this service, so please be patient. If you are having a difficult time getting around, or have an older member of your group who needs to go to a specific location, call one one of our volunteer drivers to get you where you are going. They are wearing the orange vests and are the only ones permitted to drive within the grounds.
Some vendors offer credit service, but many do not. There are ATMs located at the Ticket Booth and others are scattered throughout the grounds.
Lost and Found
If you have lost something you carried with you, check the Information Booth. Lost items also make their home at the Field Day of the Past Office for several months after the show.
Call us at 804-741-8468
Be ready to have a blast at Field Day of the Past!