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State Fair offers opportunity to encounter the best of Virginia agriculture

When the State Fair of Virginia opens on September 29, the state’s top industry—agriculture and forestry—will be on full display.


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Applications now available for Miss State Fair of Virginia Pageant

Applications for the Miss State Fair of Virginia Pageant are being accepted through Oct. 15. The pageant will be held Oct. 29 at The Meadow Event Park.


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Registration is open for State Fair competitions

To win blue ribbon bragging rights, you’ve got to enter one of the State Fair of Virginia’s many competitions.


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Youth can apply for 2015 livestock exhibitor scholarships

Youth who exhibited in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia livestock shows are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the State Fair of Virginia.


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State Fair of Virginia to again host NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition

Those who dream of becoming the next Peyton Manning, Jason Elam or Matt Bryant will have the opportunity to showcase their pigskin skills Oct. 1 at the State Fair of Virginia.


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Hands-on learning to be part of ag education at State Fair

Students visiting the State Fair of Virginia as part of its Educational Exposition field trip program will have the opportunity to make a connection between wheat and bread, corn and cereal, cotton and jeans and much more.


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Time to ‘put up’ preserves for State Fair judging

Preserving fruits and vegetables is a time-honored tradition, and so is winning a blue-ribbon at the State Fair of Virginia. But only one entry can be judged best in its class each year.


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Farm Bureau to share insights into agriculture during State Fair

State Fair of Virginia visitors stopping at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s booth will be able to get some hands-on learning about the state’s largest industry: agriculture.


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Steep Canyon Rangers, Jackass Flats, Chris Janson, Charlie Daniels Band among musical performers at 2015 State Fair

The State Fair of Virginia’s concert lineup for 2015 will include bluegrass artists the Steep Canyon Rangers, Virginia favorite Jackass Flats, country artists Chris Janson and Josh Thompson, beach music from The Tams, rock classics from The Little River Band and a rousing finale from the Charlie Daniels Band.


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Online advance ticket sales begin Monday, Aug. 3 for 2015 State Fair

Fairgoers can save up to 38 percent on State Fair of Virginia tickets—and spend less time in line—when they buy advance tickets online starting Monday, Aug. 3 at StateFairVa.org.


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Agriculture remains a focus at State Fair of Virginia

A benefit livestock auction, an agriculture-themed magic show, tractor pulls and farm animal exhibits are among ag-related elements of the 2015 State Fair of Virginia.


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Kick up your heels during State Fair bluegrass weekend

It’s nearly time to get those toes a-tappin’ during the State Fair of Virginia’s bluegrass weekend. The weekend of Sept. 26 and 27 will feature a special salute to bluegrass music.


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State Fair bringing back Sale of Champions to benefit youth livestock activities

After several years on hiatus, the Youth Livestock Sale of Champions will return to this year’s State Fair of Virginia at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3.


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Registration is open for competitions at 2015 State Fair

The 2015 State Fair of Virginia, dedicated to showcasing the best of Virginia, is seeking the state’s most vibrant arts and crafts, the most delicious baked and preserved foods, the lushest plants and crops, the hardiest livestock and the most skilled equestrians for this year’s competitions.


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New State Fair attraction blends ag education, entertainment

The State Fair of Virginia’s mission is to increase agricultural awareness in a fun, family-friendly setting. One of this year’s new attractions means mission accomplished.


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Farm equipment on roads calls for driver cooperation

It’s harvest time for many Virginia farmers, and that means super-size farm vehicles are on the road in many communities. Virginia Farm Bureau is encouraging both farmers and motorists to exercise caution.


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Agriculture to star in new holiday light show

The Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village, which will open Nov. 14 and run through Jan. 3, 2015, is a holiday light display created with nearly a million LED lights and set to music.


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McAuliffe announces 25 new jobs in Madison County

PH International, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of home decor and garden products headquartered in Madison County, will invest $4.5 million to consolidate operations at its Madison County facility.


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State Fair showcased Virginia’s horse heritage

The historic yearling barn area at The Meadow Event Park, once a hub of equine activity when Secretariat lived there as a frisky colt, came alive again during the State Fair of Virginia.


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State Fair officials ‘thrilled’ with this year’s event, attendance

Official attendance figures show 238,000 people visited this year’s State Fair of Virginia, a 4 percent increase over last year’s attendance. “We couldn’t have asked for a better combination of mostly sunny skies, cooler temperatures and large crowds,” said Greg Hicks, the fair’s vice president of communications.


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‘Hoofprints of History’ tours readying for a fall run at The Meadow

The legendary Secretariat made many a victorious trip across the finish line during his racing career. Tourists looking for an off-the-beaten-path day trip this fall can make tracks to his birthplace at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.


Giant pumpkin and watermelons break State Fair records

Hank Houston of Spotsylvania County grew the largest entry in this year’s Giant Pumpkin Contest at the State Fair of Virginia; his pumpkin weighed 1,203.2 pounds. The previous record, set in 2007, was 1,138 pounds for a pumpkin grown by William Layton of Nelson County.


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Local band Prime to play the State Fair of Virginia

Prime is headed to the State Fair of Virginia on Friday to perform a mix of styles from country to funk and everything in between. Prime will take the stage at 2:30 pm.


Emma Leigh inks deal with Lee Cherry Entertainment

Emma Leigh and Lee Cherry Entertainment have made a deal to promote and service “Daddy’s Gonna Kill Him” the new single from the Virginia-based country artist to Global Radio.


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Virginia receives nearly $1.2 million in funding to strengthen local food economies

Virginia received funding from three participating programs aimed at strengthening organic local and regional food systems through projects that recruit and train farmers, expand economic opportunities, and increase access to healthy foods.


Chesterfield County woman named Miss State Fair

Taylor Reynolds of Chesterfield County is the 2015 Miss State Fair of Virginia. Reynolds, 19, is pursuing a degree in biology at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., where she is a sophomore.


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State Fair anticipates robust attendance this weekend

The State Fair of Virginia is anticipating peak attendance Saturday, Sept. 27, and anticipates similar attendance on Sunday, Sept. 28. Ample parking is available—and free—and courtesy trams are being used to move visitors to and from their vehicles.


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State Fair striving to be accessible to all

Options besides foot travel are available to ensure that all guests are able to enjoy this year’s State Fair of Virginia. “Accessibility for all of our fairgoers is very important to us,” said Pam Daneker, the fair’s operations manager.


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State Fair favorites could change with introduction of new attractions

The State Fair of Virginia is steeped in tradition, but there are plenty of new features that could become fairgoer favorites.


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State Fair readying for 10 a.m. opening on Sept. 26

The tents are already going up, and other preparations are accelerating as the State Fair of Virginia readies for its 10-day run that will begin Sept. 26 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.


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State Fair of Virginia local music lineup

The charismatic Peppas of VCU and the inaugural Latin Music Festival are two of many highlights that will grace the Taste The Local stage at the Triple Crown Amphitheater during the 2014 State Fair of Virginia.


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State Fair of Virginia to host NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition powered by USA Football

Young football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their skills when Joey’s Hot Dogs hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Oct. 3 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the State Fair of Virginia.


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Signature craft beer Virginia Midway to be tapped at State Fair

There will be lots to celebrate at the 2014 State Fair of Virginia, including exciting rides, cuddly animals, great foods and exhilarating entertainment.


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State Fair raring to go with two nights each of rodeo and demolition derby

From bucking broncos to barrel racing to banged-up cars, the State Fair of Virginia promises evenings of non-stop thrills with a professional rodeo and a demolition derby.


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Black Tie & Boots guests will ‘Mingle at The Meadow’ Sept. 26

Black Tie & Boots, the State Fair of Virginia’s opening-night benefit gala, will return to the fair this year after a two-year hiatus.


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Popular on-site chain saw sculptor returning to State Fair

Ben Risney of Masters of the Chainsaw, a popular State Fair of Virginia attraction, will effortlessly turn logs into unique replicas of bears, penguins, flowers, lighthouses or whatever fires up his imagination.


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Specialty pumpkins growing in popularity

Plump orange pumpkins are ripening in the field, scattered on the ground. In those same fields, you might also find white pumpkins, green pumpkins, striped pumpkins, miniature pumpkins and a host of other varieties.


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State Fair tickets now on sale at numerous ticket outlet locations

Fans of the State Fair of Virginia can spend less time in line and more time enjoying the fair—and save money—with tickets purchased from numerous ticket outlets or online.


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State Fair of Virginia competitions: One for every taste or talent

Competitions are a time-honored tradition at fairs across the country, and the State Fair of Virginia is no exception.


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Fast and frantic or slow and smooth, there is a fair ride for everyone this year

Fair fun will soon be cranked up at the State Fair of Virginia. The fair’s Midway Madness presented by the Virginia Lottery and the Virginia529 Kidway will open at 11 a.m. each morning during the fair’s 10-day run and remain open until at least an hour after the ticket windows close each evening.