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Date published: 9/27/2012


The Sept. 29 SyCom Demolition Derby will begin at 1 p.m., with participants competing for cash prizes.

On Oct. 2, two turkeys that are part of a flock of 39 raised specifically for the purpose of becoming a National Thanksgiving Turkey will be strutting their stuff in a grassy area behind the Meadow Hall residence.

If history repeats itself, two of the turkeys from the special flock will be presented to and pardoned by the president in November. Afterward, the birds will live the rest of their lives at the farm exhibit at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

In recognition of the Meadow Event Park's ties to Thoroughbred racing superstars such as Secretariat and Riva Ridge, the 2012 fair will include equine events.

A new event at this year's fair is the Stampede 5K, a run and walk that will benefit the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. AITC is a statewide educational program that provides teachers with resources they can use to teach children the importance of agriculture in the commonwealth and in their daily lives. That event will be held on the last day of the fair, Oct. 7.

Throughout the entirety of the fair there will also be fun fair foods including funnel cakes, candied apples, turkey legs, elephant ears and fried Oreos, Twinkies, Snickers and whatever else can be dipped in batter.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com

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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.