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STATE FAIR: Racing pigs draw a crowd
If the 50-person line for sweetened or unsweetened tea was any indication, the State Fair of Virginia was packed this weekend.
The fair started Friday and runs through this Sunday at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County.
Though some events have already taken place, such as the crowning of Miss State Fair of Virginia and the parade, there are many more scheduled for the coming week.
Some shows even run multiple times per day. Take the Hollywood Racing Pigs, for example.
Fairgoers could catch the scampering swine at least twice Sunday.
At the 2:30 p.m. show, the crowd swelled to the point that most little ones were sitting on the shoulders of a parent to get a better view.
And who could blame them? There were three races to be seen.
The first was a face-off between Jimmy Dean and Earnhardt Jr., two pigs that tackled obstacles along their race paths.
The second involved three potbelly pigs: Taylor Swine, Justin Bacon Bieber and The Notorious P-I-G. The announcer said the veteran pigs, between 12 and 13 years old, have 20 racing seasons under their, uh, belts.
Though they all got off to a slow start, The Notorious P-I-G came from behind for the win.
The third and final race featured seven “Hollywood Speed Racers.” The names of the pigs alone were enough to make the crowd chuckle:
Spamela Anderson, Harry Porker, Piggy Manaj, Lindsay Loham, Lady Hoga, Spongehog Porkpants and Shaquille O’Squeal.
Over at Young MacDonald’s Farm, you can learn how to milk a cow. Children took turns Sunday afternoon milking Ellie the cow. The four Boukhair sisters, Laila, 12, Mimi, 11, Zahraa, 8, and Sherine, 4, all got to milk Ellie.
Their mom, Shamika Boukhair, said they drove from Woodbridge just so the girls could milk a cow.
The girls described the experience as “really weird and squishy” and said the udders felt like rubber. They said they were told to squeeze and let go.
As the day turned into evening, bands got ready to step on stage at the Festival Stage and the Triple Crown Amphitheater.
New for this year are hot-air balloon rides that give fairgoers a bird’s-eye view of the fairgrounds.
Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413
HEADED TO FAIR?
- Here are a few things to keep in mind if you head to the Meadow Event Park in Caroline County for the fair:
- Remember where you parked. There are numbers on the light poles scattered around the parking lot. Take note of the one closest to your car.
- There are trams that stop under the flags scattered around the parking areas to take guests to the ticket booths and the fair entrance.
- Wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking.
- Bring cash. Not every vendor takes a credit card. There are ATMs inside the fair.
- If you go during the day, wear sunscreen and if you go at night, bring a jacket.
- Get to shows early to get the best sitting or standing spot.
- There are wheelchairs, scooters and strollers for rent near the ticket plaza.
- Pick up a free guidebook on your way in. It has a map of the fair’s layout and a full schedule of what’s going on that day.