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Virginia State Fair carnival ride
Virginia State Fair Fast Facts

• Where: Meadow Event Park, Caroline County VA

• When: Friday, September 22 - Sunday, October 1, 2023

• Directions to fairgrounds: Meadow Event Park is located between Fredericksburg and Richmond, just off exit 98 (King’s Dominion) on Interstate 95.

Get ready for the big end-of-summer event in VA when the Virginia State Fair opens on Friday, September 22 and runs for 10 fun-filled days until Sunday, October 1, 2023.

All about the Virginia State Fair

The very first Virginia State Fair was held in 1855. The fair was held to promote agriculture and farming, but like most state fairs it transformed in to a more public friendly event along the way, and farming and agriculture became just one of many attractions that the fair hosts to entertain and fascinate the public.

Of course, animals still make up a big part of the fair, and can be found competing in races and blue ribbon events, entertaining both children and adults at the petting zoo, and performing in rodeos.

Another returning favorite are the amusement park rides for kids of all ages, along with nightly concerts by big name music headliners.

Jugglers and daily magic shows only add to the carnival atmosphere - along with so many different varieties of calorie-laden fried foods and sweets it's hard to know where to begin!

2023 Virginia State Fair concert lineup

virginia state fair concert lineup
This year's VA State Fair concert lineup includes
Chase Payne and Megan Moroney.

Past performers at the Virginia State Fair have included such country stars as Jake Owen, The Band Perry, The Charlie Daniels Band, along with favorite bluegrass bands.

All concerts start at 7:30 PM and are traditionally included with fair admission.

Just up ahead, check out the complete concert list of entertainment at the Virginia State Fair 2023 including dates, times and performances:

September 22 - Bart Chucker, 7:30PM
September 23 - Brencore Allstars - A Tribute to Motown, 7:30PM
September 24 - Pablo Cruise, 7:30PM
September 25 - Megan Morony, 7:30PM
September 26 - Gone Country, 7:30PM
September 27 - Travelin' McCrourys, 7:30PM
September 28 - Wilson Fairchild, 7:30PM
September 29 - Chase Payne, 7:30PM
September 30 - An Acoustic Evening with John Anderson, 7:30PM
October 1 - George Birge, 7:30PM

What else to see and do at the Virginia State

More popular attractions at the Virginia State Fair include the aerial show, which features wire walkers, jugglers, and all kinds of gymnastic performers, magic shows, motorcycle stunts, and a professional rodeo.

Then there are the racing pigs, and not to mention the ever-popular snake handlers and alligator wrestlers!

Scenes from the Virginia State Fair

And of course a major mainstay of any state fair - FOOD - is in ample supply every year -- whether you choose a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chocolate-covered corn dog, or pumpkin funnel cake!

Have fun!

also see -> This Christmas in Virginia    |    Virginia Fall Foliage

Virginia Beaches

More about the Virginia State Fair around the Web:

State Fair of Virginia
- The official site with information on admission and ticket prices, concert lineup, agricultural and livestock show schedules, directions, map, photos.

Virginia State Fair - Wikipedia overview with historical highlights, information on popular attractions with photos and related resources.

Fairs - Virginia is for Lovers - Fair fanatic? Check out the major fairs and festivals along with more on regional happenings throughout the summer months.

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