Venues want to help bride-to-be

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A 12 on Your Side update on the bride-to-be who lost thousands of dollars she put down for her dream wedding after the State Fair of Virginia called it quits. Since we first brought you Kathryn Ball's story last night, we've received an overwhelming number of calls from different venues offering to help this devastated bride-to-be.

A wedding with no place to celebrate. That may soon change...because, less than 12 hours after the story aired, the future mother of the bride, Jeannie Ball, has been bombarded with phone calls.

NBC12 passed along a list of venues wanting to help...and Jeannie has been busy trying to find the perfect venue.

"I've talked to Colonial Downs, the Science Museum, a woman at Stewart Berry Designs, and a lady at the Richmond Convention Center," said Jeannie. "I haven't gotten to all of them yet."

Jeannie's daughter Kathryn Ball found out she lost her reception hall and the $4,000 she put down, when the State Fair of Virginia announced, Wednesday, they are closing up shop for good.

"Everybody has been very nice, very supportive, very sympathetic to our situation, truly overwhelmed with all of it," she added.

Jeannie says she knows there's got to be others just like her.

"If you had booked anything at the Meadow Event Park and your event has been canceled, come forward, and say so, they need to know what the disappointment is and how people have been let down," Jeannie said.

Let down, but not giving up. This mom is determined to give her daughter and their 250 guests a place to celebrate.

Because of the bankruptcy, the State Fair of Virginia will not be producing the Fair, the Celtic Festival and the Strawberry Hill Races. The lenders have the rights word on if or when they'll release it.

Colonial Downs did step up and announce they will continue the tradition of the Strawberry Hill Race this year. They may not be able to keep the name but they tell us the events will be the same.