Youth can apply for 2018 livestock exhibitor scholarships

state fair of virginiaYouth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2018 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 scholarships offered by the State Fair. Additionally, two other scholarships—worth a total of $3,500—are available for any youth who exhibited during the 2018 fair.

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. 18, 2019.

Funds allocated for the scholarships represent a portion of the proceeds from the annual Black Tie & Boots Scholarship Gala, which was held Sept. 27, and the fourth annual Youth Livestock Sale of Champions auction, which was held Oct. 6.

The 12 scholarships for livestock exhibitors, which will total $18,755, 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, 2018.

Since 2013 the State Fair has awarded more than 1,250 scholarships and has dedicated more than $467,000 to youth education. The fair offers more than $70,000 each year in scholarship money through 4-H, FFA and vocational competitions and specific equine, fine arts and horticulture competitions.

The 2019 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6. 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 and attracts 250,000 fairgoers. The event celebrates the best of Virginia’s past, present and future through scholarship initiatives, creative programming and a focus on the commonwealth’s agriculture and natural resources industries.



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