Gorbachev Exhibit

Yuri Gorbachev, a cousin of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, will exhibit his oil paintings for the first time in the Washington area at the Byrne Gallery in Middleburg. The paintings are from collections at the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, the National Fine Art Museum of Ukraine, the Russian Museum of Kiev and the Rudana Museum of Bali. Gorbachev uses metals such as gold and copper in his works, along with specially formulated lacquers over oil on canvas. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Oct. 11-31, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Artist reception, 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Free. 540-687-6986.

Children's Festival

This fair promises food sales, a petting zoo, face painting, free hayrides, free pony rides, fire engines to explore, the "Wakky the Wizard" magical stage show, fishing, boating and hiking. Other attractions will include the Fauquier Sheriff's Department DARE car and rescue-dog demonstrations. Admission costs $3 a carload for Fauquier County residents and $6 for nonresidents. 12:30-6 p.m. Saturday, C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Rd., Midland. In case of steady rain, the festival will be held Sunday. 540-788-4867.

Steeplechase Races

The 25th anniversary running of the Morven Park Steeplechase is set for Saturday at the International Equestrian Center at Morven Park and will feature at least seven races over jumps and on the flat. Gates open at 11 a.m., and races begin at 1:30 p.m. A family fun fair starts at 11:30 a.m. and will include pony rides, the Leesburg Petting Zoo's "Zoo to You," a duck pond and a moon bounce. Amateur jockey Gregg Ryan will lead a sneak preview of what it's like to be a jockey and how horse and rider collaborate for the big win during his Family Course Walk at noon. Food and beverages will be available for sale for those who don't bring a picnic. Tutt Lane, off Route 15 north of Leesburg. $25 a vehicle in advance; $10 a person day of race; age 5 and younger, free. 703-777-2414 or www.morvenpark.org.

One of the oil paintings by Yuri Gorbachev to be exhibited in Middleburg.