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Date published: 9/27/2012


The new State Fair of Virginia starts at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County tomorrow.

And the big question is: Will it be the same or different?

According to fair officials, the Sept. 28-Oct. 7 event will be both.

"The fair will be both the same and different," said Greg Hicks, spokesman of the Virginia Farm Bureau. Fairgoers "will not see a significant difference, but there will be some nice additions and some new twists to make it more exciting."

The Virginia Farm Bureau and Universal Fairs have partnered to bring the best of the best in Virginia to the 2012 State Fair of Virginia. The new owners took over the fair this year after the previous fair operators declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and the fair went up for auction.

This year the two entities, working together as Commonwealth Fairs & Events LLC, promise to produce the same fair-tastic favorites that attendees know and love while also trying to educate them on what Virginia does best.


This year's concert series, which is included in the general fair admission price, features a mix of country and rock performers at the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.

The 1970s British rock band Foghat, described as a boogie-rock group, will play on opening night, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

The Avalons, who have shared the stage with well-known artists such as the Beach Boys and the Temptations, will perform on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Country music singer and songwriter Dustin Lynch, whose debut single, "Cowboys and Angels," hit the top of Billboard's country charts, will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Highland Springs' own The Barracudas will play at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3. The band's 1967 album "A Plane View of The Barracudas" is considered a garage-rock classic.

The Honkytonk Heroes will deliver classic and contemporary country at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4.

On Oct. 5, Grammy award-winning country group Diamond Rio will perform at 7:30 p.m. The band's album "The Reason" won the 2011 Grammy for best Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album.

Love and Theft, a country music duo who sing and play guitar, will perform at the fair on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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What: State Fair of Virginia Where: Meadow Event Park, Caroline County When: Friday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m.

Cost: Ranges from $12 for ages 13 and older on weekdays to $15 on weekends. Children 5-12, seniors over 60 and active-duty military will be admitted for $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Children 4 and younger will be admitted free.

Note: Admission does not include rides, but ride tickets will be available for purchase inside the fair, and a single-day unlimited-ride wristband will be available for $21.

Season passes will be available online before 5 p.m. today for $25. After that, they will be available at the gate for $30

A one-day Family Fun Pack for two adults and two youth admissions plus two unlimited-ride wristbands is $68. It is available online until Oct. 5.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, an unlimited-ride wristband can be purchased for $12 with the purchase of a regular weekday general-admission ticket.

Tickets and info: Visitors to the fair can purchase tickets online at StateFairVa.org and also at Central Virginia BB&T branches and Martin's Food Markets.