At this highly anticipated time of year, everything is fair play!
There are several main attractions that keep folks coming back to the State Fair of Virginia year after year — namely the food, culture, competitions and entertainment. The 2022 edition promises to keep beloved traditions alive and also offers opportunities to make new memories with family and friends. Between the carnival rides, the animals, the concerts, the magic shows, the strolling performances, an aerial circus and more, it all adds up to 350 hours of entertainment with something for everyone to enjoy.
Fun for all ages
Kids and teens usually make a beeline directly to the rides, especially the Giant Wheel, Grand Carousel, Tilt-a-Whirl, Zero Gravity and other classics that line the main midway. The fair also dedicates a smaller conveniently designed “Kidway” section for younger visitors who aren’t quite ready to take on the big thrillers just yet. Here, children can hop on rides that are just their size, such as Spinning Tea Cups, the popular Orient Express Dragon Coaster, Flying Elephants and much more, all with lots of flashing lights and music for added excitement.
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Livestock barns, petting zoo and racing pigs
Looking for something a little more laid-back? Crowds can take in a variety of adorable baby animals on display in the livestock barns before cheering on Famous Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, an always-wild event presented by Virginia Lottery. Other wholesome family offerings range from demonstrations by master chainsaw carver Ben Risney, the all-new Ready, Set, Grow agricultural magic show, the Rockin’ A Ranch petting zoo and the charming Otter Adventure.
Groove to live music
And what would the fair be without some live music? This year’s schedule of Main Stage Concerts highlights a wide range of shows to attend, such as Motown’s greatest hits from Brencore, honky tonk tunes by the Frontmen, bluegrass from the Junior Sisk Band and even an appearance by the legendary Spinners. Tributes to the Eagles, Elton John and Billy Joel will showcase familiar sing-along songs, while artists like Priscilla Block, Cooper Alan and ERNEST are guaranteed to give music fans plenty to love.
“We pride ourselves on providing a diverse lineup of musical genres,” says Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, VP of operations for Meadow Event Park and VA State Fair executive director. “Most importantly, all entertainment on the grounds and the main stage is included with a paid gate admission.”
Triple Crown circus is sure to amaze
Everyone loves a circus, and the Triple Crown circus boasts high-flying performers as well as jugglers and trapeze artists in its debut showcase at this year's fair.
“In our continued effort to provide entertainment value to our guests, we have invested in a first-class aerial-artist-focused circus,” says Pierson-Jolliffe. “It is a high-end production, and the fair will feature three shows daily with a seating capacity of 700 people per show.”
A selection of strolling performers is also on hand to keep the entertainment glow going throughout the entire fair.
The 2022 State Fair of Virginia runs Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, 2022, at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell. For tickets and event information, visit statefairva.org.