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.
Joey’s Hot Dogs will again host an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition from 4 to 6 p.m. at the fair, which will be held at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
The competition is free and open to youth ages 6-15. It will take place in Ring 1 of the fair’s Equine & Livestock Complex on the south side of state Route 30. Entry forms are available online at NFLPPK.com and will be available on site. Participants must pay admission to the fair in order to compete.
The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows youth to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking, with scores based on distance and accuracy. Age classification is as of 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. The top finishers from each of 10 age groups at the local competition will advance to an Oct. 18 sectional competition at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center in Richmond.
The winners at the sectional competition will have their scores compared with other sectional champions. The top scorers from the pool of sectional champions will advance to the Washington Redskins Team Championship, to be held at their Nov. 29 game against the New York Giants.
Age-group champions at that level will be declared NFL Punt, Pass & Kick team champions. The top four finishers in the boys’ and girls’ divisions within each age bracket from the pool of all team champions will qualify for the National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January.
Numerous NFL players competed in NFL Punt, Pass & Kick as children, including quarterbacks Dan Marino and Brett Farve. The National NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition is administered by USA Football.
This local Punt, Pass & Kick competition is officially licensed by NFL Properties LLC, but none of the NFL, its member clubs, NFL Ventures LP or any of their respective affiliates or subsidiaries are sponsoring or operating the local PP&K or will have any liability or responsibility for any claims arising in connection with participation in the Local PP&K. All NFL-related logos and marks, including, without limitation, the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick logo, are trademarks of the NFL or the respective member club.
This year’s State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4. Tickets and fair information are available at StateFairVa.org. Tickets also may be purchased at Walgreens locations throughout Virginia.
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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The application for State Fair media credentials is available on the fair website as well.