Sneak peak at new site for State Fair of Virginia in Caroline County

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CAROLINE COUNTY, VA (NBC12) -  We have an exclusive behind the scenes look at the new home for the State Fair of Virginia. The event is two months away and this is the first year it will be held in Caroline County.

If you've ever been to Kings Dominion, then you'll be able to find The Meadow Event Park, it's right next door. Organizers say the new location off Interstate 95 should draw in an even larger crowd.

Once a horse farm, the birthplace of Secretariat, is now the new home of the Virginia State Fair. Construction is nearly complete on the 81 million dollar project that is five years in the making.

"It's somewhat surreal," said State Fair spokesperson, Jay Lugar. He gave us a tour.

"This tunnel behind us comes from us from the main parking area and then you come up to ticket plaza," said Lugar as he pointed out one of two tunnels at the new site.

The Meadow Event Park, which sits on 360 acres, is split into three sections. There's parking for 14,000. South of Route 30 is the Equine Complex. The main section is north of Route 30.

"You'll come through the tunnel we're under Route 30 right now you'll come up this hill and see the sites and sounds of the fair," said Lugar.

Everything you'd expect from the fair from the food to the rides.

"This will be the kids rides and then behind it is the main midway with bigger rides." said Lugar.

To animals, the competitions and cultural exhibits on much larger space.

"All through here will be the livestock tents," said Lugar.

Paying homage to its horse farm roots Meadow Event Park is scheduled for completion on September 1. At that point construction crews will be gone and set up beings for the first state fair at this site.

Lugar says by moving 20 miles north, the fair would pick up many more potential fair-goers from northern Virginia.

"We've had a lot of interest in Fredericksburg, northern Virginia and Richmond has been excited as well," said Lugar.

The 11 day event kicks off Thursday, September 24 and runs through Sunday October 4.

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