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Get your annual fair food fix at Oct. 2-4 event

09/22/2020
(DOSWELL, Sept. 15, 2020)—No, Virginia, there is not a State Fair this year. But there is a Fair Food Weekend!

On Oct. 2-4, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, Virginians will have the opportunity to buy foods and beverages from almost a dozen State Fair of Virginia vendors.

Whether you stick with an annual fair favorite or try something new, there’s sure to be a food that will remind you of the fair experience. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the State Fair of Virginia scholarship program.

“We were disappointed we couldn’t hold the fair this year, but wanted a chance to stay in touch with our customers and provide them with a mini fair experience,” said Marlene Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “Many people are nostalgic about fair food, and this was a way for us to give them the chance to get their annual fair food fix.

“We also are excited that this event will contribute to the success of our youth scholarship program.”

Parking is free, and guests will have access to The Meadow’s spacious parking lots and plenty of open air. Visitors will enter through Gate 3 off state Route 30, then walk to the nearby fair food area.

You can get your iced tea or lemonade fix; load up on cotton candy, elephant ears, funnel cakes and other deep-fried sweets; or satisfy your sweet tooth with hand-made ice cream.

Purists who enjoy corn dogs can get their fill. There also will be barbecue, Greek food, grilled sausages and Mexican fare such as quesadillas, burritos and loaded nachos.

Vendors will be spaced apart for social distancing, and guests will be asked to wear masks when ordering and picking up food, and to stay 6 feet from others. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided, and visitors are asked to wear masks when in a restroom. View all the guidelines in the FAQ section at StateFairVa.org.

The event will be held rain or shine, unless there is lightning or high winds.

Since 2013 the State Fair has awarded 1,484 scholarships and has awarded over $550,000 to support youth education. The fair offers youth more than $80,000 each year in scholarship funds through 4-H, FFA and vocational competitions and specific equine, fine arts and horticulture competitions.

The State Fair of Virginia is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County and attracts 250,000 fairgoers. It will be held Sept. 24-Oct. 3, 2021. The event celebrates the best of Virginia’s past, present and future through scholarship initiatives, creative programming and a focus on the commonwealth’s agriculture and natural resources industries.

Media: Contact Jolliffe at 804-994-2802.

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