During the formation of the nation in the mid-1770s, the Loudoun County court system held monthly sessions when people were brought to court, lawyers presented cases, judges passed sentences, and the guilty were placed in stocks or in the local jail. The August session, in particular, was viewed by Loudoun's citizens as a time to gather in Leesburg and socialize, gossip, hear the latest news, see who was on trial on for what, and learn about the rapidly changing political and economic events happening in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Williamsburg. Each year for the past 27 years, that mood has been re-created during the August Court Days festival when the streets of modern-day Leesburg are turned into a Colonial-era street fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, King and Market streets, Leesburg. Colonial reenactors, mock trials, crafts, children's activities, music and food. $5; $2, ages 5-10; free, 4 and younger. 800-752-6118.


More than 100,000 items will be offered for sale, including hardcover and paperback books, cassettes, videos, LPs and CDs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation. Free. 703-779-2252.


The festival will feature music, crafts, children's games, hayrides, entertainment, raffles, refreshments and, of course, fresh peaches. It takes place at Valley View Farm, adjacent to Sky Meadows Park and renowned for its beauty. A painting by landscape artist Andrei Kushnir -- who currently has an exhibit of Valley View Farm scenes at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond -- will be auctioned. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Valley View Farm, Leeds Manor Road, Deleplane. Sponsored by the Victory Thru Jesus Ministry to benefit the Praise and Worship Center Project. $15 per vehicle. 540-592-3730 or

The annual Loudoun Book Sale offers more than 100,000 items, including CDs and videos, with proceeds benefiting the county library system.