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State Fair Youth Development Board

Our Mission

To expand leadership capacity and educational opportunities for youth participants in the annual State Fair of Virginia and other programs at The Meadow Event Park. Connect producers, teachers, leaders, industry and business in an effort to offer encouragement and recognition to Virginia's youth as they participate in competitions and educational programs.

Areas of Focus:
Virginia Agriculture
Virginia Natural Resources and Conservation
Virginia Arts, Culture and History
Scholarship Programs
Diversity in Programs
Fostering programming that bridges the gap between generations
Investing in youth and youth-focused agricultural organizations in order to cultivate future leaders in agriculture

2023 Program Accomplishments



Mr. William F. Osl, Jr. Chairman of the Board, Virginia Farm Bureau - District 9
Mr. Thomas Graves, Virginia Farm Bureau - District 7
Mr. Leigh Pemberton, Virginia Farm Bureau - District 8
Mr. Wayne Pryor, President, VFBF, ex-officio


Mr. William F. Osl, Jr. Chairman of the Board, Virginia Farm Bureau - District 9
Mrs. Marlene Jolliffe, Vice President of Operations - The Meadow Event Park and Executive Director SFVA
Mrs. Kathleen Early, Secretary
Mr. David Priddy, Treasurer
Mr. Chris Kern, Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Marc Follmer, Esq., Assistant Secretary & Senior Vice President of Legal


Mrs. Bette Brand, CEO/FOUNDER
Strategic Consulting, LLC

Mr. Lynwood Broaddus President,
Caroline County Farm Bureau

Mr. Steve Criswell, General Manager
Southern States Cooperative

Dr. Dixie Watts Dalton
, Associate Professor
Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Mr. M.L. Everett, Jr., Virginia Farm Bureau - District 13

Mr. Matt Faulconer,
Retired Manager
External Affairs - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Mrs. Katie Frazier, Director
Chief Marketing & External Affairs Farm Credit of the Virginias

Mr. Addison Gills
, Operations Manager
Center for Sustainable Energy

Mr. Thomas Graves, Virginia Farm Bureau - District 7
Spring Forest Farm

Mrs. Rachel Henley
, Extension Agent
Virginia Cooperative Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources Powhatan County

Mr. Donald (Don) H. Horsley

Land of Promise Farms Partnership

Mr. Shane Horsley
, Vice President, Hog Procurement
Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Dr. Mike Gutter, Director
Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Mr. Ray Leonard
, Vice-President of Sales
Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company

Dr. Robert Corley, III, Interim Dean
College of Agriculture Virginia State University (Through August 2022)

Honorable Robert D. Orrock, Sr., Delegate
Virginia House of Delegates District 54
Retired FFA Educator

Mr. Andy Seibel, Executive Secretary
Virginia FFA / Virginia Cooperative Extension

Mrs. Susan Upshaw, VP/AG & Commercial Lender
First Bank and Trust

Mr. Andrew Vehorn, Vice President of Member and External Affairs
Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Assoc. of Electric Cooperatives

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