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Carnival rides at the fair

The Virginia State Fair is held annually at the end of September, at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. Until 2008, the Fair was held at the Richmond Raceway Complex, located in eastern Henrico County, just outside of the City of Richmond, VA.

Competitive weight pumpkins at the State Fair of Virginia

The Fair offers rides, carnival games, concerts, and typical Fair foods such as corndogs, cotton candy, and funnel cakes as well as Virginia favorites such as barbecue, chicken and peanuts. The Fair also offers technological, agricultural, historical, and livestock exhibitions and competitions including the always entertaining pig races. Several of the competitions offer scholarships to students that compete.

Children playing in a corn kernel box in Virginia World

The expositions include: Virginia World which highlights Virginia agricultural products, the better living center which hosts the arts & craft competiition displays, the technology expo which highlights Virginia technology industry, and Young McDonald's Farm which displays a variety of young animals for the urban visitor to see. Additionally, one section of the Fair includes a "Heritage Village" which displays Native American, African American, and Euro-American history in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2009 the Fair will be moving to its new location at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. This multi-use space of 360 acres will include a 75,000 square foot exposition hall, a 10,000 square foot multi-purpose pavilion, a horse-stall barn with 143 stalls, and an equine facility with four show rings, to accommodate local and regional horse shows and other equine events. The Meadow Event Park is being developed on the site of Meadow Farm, the horse farm that was the breeding home of back-to-back racing greats Riva Ridge and Secretariat in the early 1970's. Now held at DAWSON off 95 west of Richmond Va now located at the Kings Dominion site.

A sow and her piglets at Young McDonald's Farm

Official Site

Meadow Event Park Site

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