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State Fair hours, exhibits and competitions being finalized

DOSWELL—With just seven weeks before the 2012 State Fair of Virginia opens its gates, fair organizers are finalizing details for popular events.

Traditional arts, crafts and crop competitions will return, said Lorene Blackwood, director of programs. They will include competitions in fresh produce, pumpkins, sewing, needlework, photography, cooking and baked goods. There will even be some new categories, like the State Fair Special Cookie Competition, which will allow children to enter with their parents, grandparents and guardians.

“We know how popular these events are with our public. Nothing quite beats winning a blue ribbon from the State Fair of Virginia to celebrate your skills,” Blackwood said.

Links for the forms to enter adult and youth competitions can be found at Currently the forms must be printed and mailed with the appropriate entry fee. An online entry option will be available in the near future. The deadline for entries is Sept. 7.

New announcements related to this year’s fair are being posted on the State Fair’s website and Facebook page.

Fair officials also have been finalizing farm animal exhibitions, including the popular Young MacDonald’s Farm exhibit and dairy cow birthing area. There will be exhibitions of beef cattle, rabbits and chickens, and visitors to the fair will be able to see farm animals throughout the event’s run.

The State Fair of Virginia will open Sept. 28 and run through Oct. 7 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

Contact Blackwood at 804-484-4323 or Norm Hyde, VFBF communications, at 804-290-1146.
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