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Good Times Await at the State Fair of Virginia | Brand Ave. studios

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In this highly anticipated time of year, everything is fair play!

There are several main attractions that keep people coming back to Virginia State Fair year after year — namely gastronomy, culture, competitions and entertainment. The 2022 edition promises to carry on beloved traditions and also offers opportunities to create new memories with family and friends. Between carnival rides, animals, concerts, magic shows, ambulatory shows, an aerial circus and more, it all adds up to 350 hours of entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Fun for all ages

Kids and teens usually head straight for the rides, especially the Giant Wheel, Grand Carousel, Tilt-a-Whirl, Zero Gravity, and other classics that line the main halfway. The show also dedicates a smaller, well-designed “Kidway” section for younger visitors who aren’t quite ready to tackle the big thrillers just yet. Here kids can ride kid-sized rides, such as Spinning Tea Cups, the popular Orient Express Dragon Coaster, Flying Elephants and more, all with lots of flashing lights and music for added excitement.

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Breeding stables, petting zoo and racing pigs

Looking for something a little more laid back? Crowds can admire a variety of adorable baby animals on display in the barns before cheering on the racing pigs of Famous Rosaire, an always-wild event presented by Virginia Lottery. Other wholesome family offerings include demonstrations by master chainsaw carver Ben Risney, the all-new Ready, Set, Grow farm 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 main stage concert schedule features a wide range of performances, such as Motown greatest hits from Brencore, honky tonk tunes from 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 present familiar songs, while artists like Priscilla Block, Cooper Alan and ERNEST are sure to give music fans plenty to love.

“We pride ourselves on offering a diverse lineup of musical genres,” says Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, vice president of operations for Meadow Event Park and executive director of VA State Fair. “Most importantly, all on-court and main-stage entertainment is included with paid admission.”

The Triple Crown Circus is sure to amaze

Everyone loves a circus, and the Triple Crown Circus features top-flight performers along with jugglers and trapeze artists in its first showcase at this year’s fair.

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“In our ongoing efforts to provide entertainment value to our guests, we have invested in a first-class, artist-driven aerial circus,” says Pierson-Jolliffe. “This is a high-end production, and the fair will have three shows a day with a capacity of 700 people per show.”

A selection of traveling performers are also on hand to keep the entertainment alive throughout the fair.

The 2022 Virginia State Fair runs from September 23 through October 2, 2022 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell. For tickets and event information, visit

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