The State Fair of Virginia began last weekend on September 25 and will last until October 4. This year, the event includes all-time fair favorites as well as new attractions, shows, and carnival food. The State Fair of Virginia has been an annual event since 1854, and was first held at present-day Monroe Park in Richmond. Since September 24, 2009, it has taken place at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell. The State Fair is a 10-day event that Virginia residents should not miss out on enjoying!
On Saturday, October 3, there will be a wide variety of events, including arts and crafts and entertainment from Ditsy the Clown. Guests will be able to see the Giant Pumpkin Display at Harvest Landing, the Rabbit Exhibit at the Rabbit and Poultry Pavilion, and the Giant Hay Bale Competition Display at Ticket Plaza.
In addition to the Fair’s all-day events, the Farmer’s Market will open at 10 a.m. and morning visitors can stop by the Salute to Secretariat at the Horse Breed Exhibit Paddock or attend the peanut demonstration.
While there will be many events throughout the day, the main events Saturday evening include
the Demolition Derby at 6 p.m., Rasaire’s Racing Pigs at 6:30 p.m., Team Rock at 7:30 p.m., Corey Goss at 8:00 p.m., and Magic of Lance Gifford at 8:00 p.m. There are also many indoor and outdoor vendors, from various country outfitters to the well-known Life is Good brand.
According to WTVR, “New food additions this year include homemade pork rinds by Sparky’s Crunchie Pig, deep-fried butter and bacon from Ristick Concessions, and Coco Bongos’ frozen drinks served in coconut shells.
There will be a maple theme: maple cotton candy, maple jerky, and maple lemonade by — believe it or not — Simply Maple.
For fairgoers with a sweet tooth, there is chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick, deep-fried Twinkies and Ho Hos, Dippin’ Dots ice cream, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and rolled in Reese’s pieces, chocolate-covered strawberries, elephant ears, kettle corn and more.”
As the 2015 State Fair of Virginia comes to an end, the last weekend will have plenty in store for all guests who attend. Don’t miss out and get ready for a rollicking, deep-fried good time!
-Erin Roberts ’16, Senior News Editor