New livestock pavilion ready for use during State Fair

state fairThe brand-new 40,000-square-foot First Bank & Trust Pavilion is ready to house cattle during this year’s State Fair of Virginia, which will open Sept. 26 and run through Oct. 5.

Located in the Equine and Livestock Complex of The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, the building will provide a covered area during the fair. At other times it can be used for horse shows, rodeos, canine agility competitions and other events.

“This is a much-needed addition to this beautiful 330-acre property,” said Glenn Martin, State Fair livestock and equine events manager. “It will enhance our facilities and give livestock a permanent home during the State Fair.”

State-level 4-H and ffa livestock shows are held at the State Fair each year, and winning youth receive more than $70,000 in scholarship money. Other livestock events are held during the fair as well.

Registration for the competitions is open through Aug. 15. Youth participating in the dairy cattle, dairy goat and poultry competitions can register Youth entering the beef cattle, meat goat, sheep and swine competitions should register at

First Bank & Trust Co. has secured naming rights for the building over the next decade.

“Construction of the new First Bank & Trust Pavilion represents continued commitment to the State Fair of Virginia by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation,” which owns both the fair and The Meadow, said State Fair President Jeff Dillon. “The pavilion will improve the fair experience for both exhibitors and fair patrons alike.”

The livestock pavilion complements existing buildings at The Meadow and is similar in style to the historic horse stall barns on the property.


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