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State Fair of Virginia scheduling equine events for 2012 fair

DOSWELL—Now that the partnership between Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and Universal Fairs LLC has been formalized, the race is on to put together the 2012 State Fair of Virginia in the coming weeks.

The fair will run Sept. 28 through Oct. 7 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Given the historic association between the park, formerly known as Meadow Farm, and Triple Crown winner Secretariat, a full slate of equine events is a natural goal.

“We’re actively recruiting members of Virginia’s horse industry to join us during the fair,” said Greg Hicks, VFBF vice president of communications. “This is an open invitation to all equine groups to let them know the fair is back on track, and we’d love to host their events, either during the State Fair or at any other time. We’re trying to get the word out about this now, because we know it takes time for horse owners to plan and move their valuable animals to an event like the fair.”

An email address,, has been established to make it easier for horse owners and equine groups to contact the new fair management. An online registration form is available at Interested parties should contact the fair or fill out the online form by Aug. 9 to assist in creating a complete schedule of events.

“We are working to schedule shows during this year’s fair that include draft horse pull competitions, quarter horse competitions and shows, as well as reining horse events, to name a few,” Hicks said. “We are also in contact with the Virginia High School Rodeo Association, 4-H horse organizations and miniature horse groups.

“We know from past State Fairs how much the horse community loves this venue, and we’re looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Virginia horse lovers in the future.”

Since 2009 horse events at the State Fair have been held at The Meadow Event Park’s Rouse Horse Complex, which includes the 140-stall, four-ring Southern States Legend Stable.

“We know that many agricultural groups and livestock shows made other plans for their shows and exhibitions this year. We just want everyone to know we’re back in business and ready to welcome them to this wonderful property,” Hicks said. “Equine events and other livestock competitions have been the backbone of the youth scholarship programs connected with FFA and 4-H competitions in past State Fairs. Farm Bureau is committed to continuing and growing these scholarship opportunities.”
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