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Weather, attendance contributed to success of 2013 State Fair

DOSWELL—Breaking with tradition, the State Fair of Virginia experienced 10 straight days of dry weather, which brought in many attendees.

Attendance figures indicate around 229,000 people attended the fair, which is owned by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

“We are extremely pleased with both the weather and our attendance figures,” said Greg Hicks, VFBF vice president of communications. “A lot of thought and planning went into putting on the fair this year, and we feel like it was a huge success. We’ve had lots and lots of positive comments from those who attended.”

In keeping with tradition, fairgoers enjoyed giant turkey legs, sugary funnel cakes, grilled sausage sandwiches and corn dogs. They also found new favorites like deep-fried macaroni and cheese and chocolate-covered bacon.

Those visiting The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County also had plenty of rides and games to enjoy, livestock competitions to watch and a giraffe and grizzly bears to feed.

Virginia youth participating in the 4-H and FFA livestock competitions earned a total of $70,000 in scholarship money. And hundreds of adults and youth who competed in arts and crafts, baked goods, crops and vegetables, honey and plant competitions earned recognition, ribbons and cash awards.

“The 4-H and FFA scholarship program is something we are proud to support, and we feel that there are many deserving students who benefit from this program,” Hicks said. “At the same time, it enables the general public to see farm animals up close and observe the competitions and the special care that the animals receive.

“This is a tradition we were happy to have back as part of the State Fair of Virginia, and we hope to further enhance our livestock and other agricultural exhibits at future fairs.”

Other returning traditions included a Miss State Fair of Virginia pageant and a State Fair parade. Courtney Garrett of Prince Edward County was named the 2013 Miss State Fair of Virginia and will compete in the Miss Virginia pageant next June. During the parade, the Marching Cavaliers of King William High School captured the SFVA Marching Band Championship Cup.

“It was an action-packed 10 days filled with family fun, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s fair,” Hicks said. “We especially want to thank all of the families and other fairgoers who came out and made this fair a success. Without them, there would be no fair. And we hope even more Virginians will come enjoy the State Fair in 2014.”

The 2014 fair will be held Sept. 26 through Oct. 5.

Contact Hicks at 804-290-1139.
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