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Youths can apply for new State Fair scholarships

state fair of virginiaThe State Fair of Virginia has announced a new $2,500 general scholarship for youth who took part in any 2017 State Fair competition.

Applications also are being accepted for 12 scholarships for youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2017 fair’s 4-H and FFA youth livestock programs.

Details and applications are available in the “Education” section of the fair’s website at StateFairVa.org. Applications must be completed electronically and must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2018.

Funds allocated for the scholarships represent a portion of the proceeds from the annual Black Tie & Boots Scholarship Gala, which was held Sept. 28, and the third annual Youth Livestock Sale of Champions auction, which was held Oct. 7.

The 12 youth livestock scholarships, which will total $18,122, will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate (13-15) and Seniors (16 and older). Groups are based on exhibitors’ ages as of Sept. 30, 2017.

Since 2013, the State Fair has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships and has dedicated more than $354,000 to youth education. The fair offers up to $70,000 each year in scholarship money through 4-H, FFA and vocational competitions and specific equine, fine arts and horticulture competitions.

The 2018 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.

The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The fair’s mission is to increase agricultural and natural resource awareness and interest through educational programs, exhibitions and competitions in a fun, family-friendly setting.