Applications now available for Miss State Fair of Virginia contestants

state-fairApplications for the Miss State Fair of Virginia Pageant are being accepted through Sept. 18. The pageant will be held Sept. 27 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

The pageant, which is affiliated with the Miss Virginia program, was brought back to the fair in 2013 after several years’ absence. The current titleholder, Taylor Reynolds of Chesterfield County, will crown the new Miss State Fair at the pageant. In 2014, then-Miss State Fair Courtney Garrett of Prince Edward County was crowned Miss Virginia and went on to be named first runner-up to Miss America.

“We are so happy to continue our affiliate with the Miss Virginia and Miss America organizations,” said Sherri McKinney, executive director of the pageant. “In the past two years our program has grown and benefited immensely from their long-standing commitments to scholarships and to supporting young women’s educational endeavors.”

The Miss State Fair pageant will include an Outstanding Teen and Miss program. The Teen program is for girls ages 13 to 17 and not in their senior year of high school. Miss contestants must be 17 to 24 and a high school senior or beyond. All participants will take part in interviews and fitness, talent and evening gown competitions.

The new titleholder will represent the State Fair at the 2016 Miss Virginia Pageant in Roanoke, serve as a spokesperson for the fair and make appearances throughout the state. Her first appearance will be in the Sept. 27 State Fair Parade.

Additionally, the new titleholder will receive a $500 scholarship and paid registration in the Miss Virginia Pageant. The Teen winner will receive paid registration in the Miss Virginia Outstanding Teen 2016 program.

For more information about the Miss State Fair of Virginia program, visitMissStateFairofVirginia.webs.com.

This year’s State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.

The 2015 fair will feature nearly 400 hours of performances, house about 2,500 animals, attract more than 10,000 competition entries, welcome field trip groups from 270 schools and serve about 13,000 corn dogs. More than 1,000 youth are expected to compete for up to $70,000 in scholarship money.

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.


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