Stepping into the HistoryMobile offers much more than a reprieve from the humid fairgrounds – it transports viewers to a tumultuous time in Virginia’s past, and reminds residents about how their state endured the Civil War.

The initial room sets the scene, as a wavering voice comes on the loud speaker, and is quickly followed by gunshots. The speaker is reading an actual letter a Civil War soldier wrote in his final minutes. Fairgoers who checked out the HistoryMobile this week called that room an instant favorite.

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Probably the hardest part of 6-year-old Daryl Pope’s day at the Arlington County Fair was trying to maneuver the Euro Bubble. The “ride,” introduced this year, is what a hamster would use to exercise if it lived under water – or at least in a pool.

Daryl gingerly stepped into the deflated plastic sphere. Two fair workers zipped it up and inflated the bubble with a large hose. With one shove off the platform, Daryl – now inside the bubble – floated out into the shallow pool.

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Brutus showed his smaller piglet pals who’s boss at the Arlington County Fair on Thursday.

Piglet racing – a popular draw at the annual event – allows the 17-week-old Brutus to showcase his running, trotting and swimming skills.

“Pig racing has become such a huge phenomena,” said Ken Freile, from Sue Wee Flying Pig Racing.

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The American Clean Skies Foundation took steps Wednesday toward the transformation of the north end of Old Town and its waterfront. As part of an ongoing endeavor to retire the 62-year-old coal-fired electricity plant, the Washington, D.C. nonprofit released a $450 million plan that would reconstruct the site by around 2017.

“Ambitious, but possible,” ACSF Chief Executive Greg Staple told a group of reporters at the National Press Club.

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For Tammy Mann, accepting the position of president and CEO of The Campagna Center, allowed her career to come full circle.

Mann, a Fairfax – and former Alexandria – resident, officially began her new job on Monday. She comes to the center with a background in psychology and experience in dealing with policy surrounding early education.

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