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Fair changes given planners’ approval

The Caroline County Planning Commission recommended approval for proposed changes to the layout of this year’s Virginia State Fair at Meadow Event Park near Doswell.

The fair wants to move the “Kidway” rides for younger children away from the main midway to an area where they can be paired with more family-friendly activities.

The move would make the offerings safer and attract more people, according to the application submitted to the county’s Planning Department.

Some people expressed concerns last year about the old Kidway location, and this change addresses some of those concerns, Mike Finchum, the county’s director of planning and community development, said earlier this month.

The fair is also seeking permission to move the livestock exhibition area to the south side of State Route 30, adjacent to the equestrian area. This would open up room for the Kidway move and put all the animal exhibits and contests in one area.

The fair’s original zoning relied on a detailed development plan, so any substantial changes require an amendment to that plan, Finchum said.

The fair has asked the Board of Supervisors, who have the final say on the request, to expedite a hearing on the proposed change.

The supervisors are slated to hold a public hearing on the matter on Monday, July 8.

The State Fair is scheduled to take place Sept. 27 through Oct. 6.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413