The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
State Fair tickets on sale now
BY PORTSIA SMITH
THE FREE LANCE–STAR
There are 40 days until the State Fair of Virginia opens in Caroline County this year, and tickets are on sale now.
Adult general admission tickets for the fair, which runs from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Meadow Event Park, are $12 for Monday through Thursday and $15 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday for ages 13 and up, according to the fair’s website.
Youth general admission tickets for ages 5 to 12 and senior general admission, ages 60 and over, cost $8 for Monday through Thursday and $10 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Children ages 4 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The fair opens each day at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. except on Friday and Saturday, which is when the doors stay open until 10 p.m. Rides will continue to operate at least one hour after the gate closes.
Season passes will be available for $25 when purchased online by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 or for $30 at the gate.
A one-day family fun pack for two adults and two youth admissions with two unlimited-ride wristbands costs $75. The fun pack is only available in advance through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 25.
Single-day unlimited-ride wristbands are available for $21 each.
Oct. 1 will be $12 Tuesday when fairgoers can purchase the unlimited-ride wristband. Oct. 2 will be Dollar Thursday, when all rides will require a single ticket.
Parking at the Meadow Event park during the fair is free.
Farm Bureau members in Virginia may visit their county Farm Bureau offices to receive coupons good for $4 off adult admissions and $2 off youth admission—good Sept. 30 through Oct. 3—as well as VIP parking passes.
Tickets will also be available for purchase at select ticket outlet locations after Labor Day weekend. Those locations will be announced soon at: StateFairVa.org.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation assumed full ownership of the State Fair of Virginia and the Meadow Event Park earlier this year.
Farm Bureau entered into an agreement with the Tennessee-based Universal Fairs that bought the fair at auction last year.
Farm Bureau, which had 50 percent ownership of the property since last July, reached the agreement on the other half in March, and will continue to operate the state fair and other events at the Meadow Event Park, said Farm Bureau spokesman Greg Hicks.
To help generate excitement about the state fair and to promote all that the fair has to offer, the State Fair of Virginia bus will be traveling to various Central Virginia and Fredericksburg-area locations this fall. A select number of general admission tickets will be distributed at the bus stops, which will be announced on the website at a later date, Hicks said.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419