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 Casey Abrams performs on the last day of the fair.
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Date published: 9/27/2012

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The final day of the fair will include a performance by Season 10 "American Idol" standout Casey Abrams at 3 p.m. and country-rock band Kentucky Headhunters at 7:30 p.m.

Seating will be festival-style, which means there will be no assigned seats, and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

AGRICULTURE

A goal for the new fair owners was to put more focus on agriculture. Visitors can learn about Virginia agriculture and see, touch and smell farm exhibits.

For 10 days, the Meadow Pavilion will be transformed into a single, convenient location where fairgoers can learn about the state's many agricultural commodities.

"We feel like the fair is a great opportunity to share information about agriculture and to help dispel some of the myths about farming," said Cathy Vanderhoff, co-chairman of the VFBF State Fair Committee.

Fairgoers who visit the Farm Bureau's exhibit will learn that technological advances have allowed farmers to use fewer crop input chemicals while producing more food. They also will discover that more than 90 percent of Virginia's and the nation's farms are family-owned and that agriculture contributes billions of dollars to the state's economy.

Visitors will receive educational materials and can then spin a prize wheel and answer questions relating to that information.

"We want to make it fun for people," Vanderhoff said. "Our MythBusters handout is pocket-sized, and we hope that fairgoers will keep it with them and then share the information with their family and friends."

The Farm Bureau fair exhibit will also include an area stocked with children's chairs, agriculture-related children's books and coloring sheets.

The Virginia State Beekeepers Association will talk about the importance of pollination in producing the nation's food supply. They also will provide live demonstrations of how bees are tended and honey is harvested.

The Virginia Peanut Growers Association will educate fairgoers about the state's peanuts and how they gained the reputation of being the "Cadillac" of peanuts. Farmers have been growing peanuts in southeastern Virginia's sandy soil since the early 1840s.

The Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association will have a decorated fresh-cut Christmas tree and information on where families can find fresh Virginia-grown trees this holiday season.


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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.