Access is a priority as State Fair prepares for Sept. 23 opening
(DOSWELL, September 14, 2016)—Alternatives to foot travel are available to help ensure that all guests are able to enjoy this year’s State Fair of Virginia.
“We want all customers to be able to enjoy the fair, so accessibility is extremely important to us,” said Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, State Fair executive director. “The Meadow is not a small property, but it’s a relatively level one, and we do offer mobility options for fairgoers who need them.”
The Meadow has ample handicap parking, and guests who park in the general parking area may utilize Ford-sponsored parking lot trams to get to and from their vehicles. The tram stops are designated with small tents and flags. Once inside the fairgrounds, fairgoers may utilize the internal tram system with designated stops on the perimeter of the north side of the property. “The internal tram system is a great way to travel from our Festival Loop area up to Harvest Landing,” Pierson-Jolliffe said.
While most parts of the property used for the fair are fairly flat, one walking path that runs behind Meadow Hall in the Harvest Landing area has a gradual incline. Most pedestrian areas are paved, though some have a gravel surface. Show rings and their immediate surroundings are a sand-and-clay mix.
Bleacher seating and room for wheelchairs and scooters are available for grounds attractions and equine and livestock events. Restrooms are clearly marked and are wheelchair-accessible. The Farm Bureau Center exhibition hall has two family restrooms and a nursing mom station at the Bon Secours booth.
A wheelchair, scooter and stroller rental vendor will be outside the fair Ticket Plaza. All rental items are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved. Guests also may bring their own strollers, wheelchairs and motorized scooters to the fair, and small wagons for transporting children are permitted as well. Recharging stations for electric scooters and cell phones will be located throughout the property.
On Sept. 23, fairgoers can help Virginians who have limited access to food by participating in Food Lion Hunger Relief Day. Fair customers who donate five cans of Food Lion branded product will receive a coupon good for $5 off the $15 adult admission or the $11 youth and senior admission. All donated food will benefit FeedMore.
This year’s State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 2. Tickets and fair information are available at StateFairVa.org. Tickets also may be purchased at participating Walgreens locations throughout Virginia.
The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The fair’s mission is to increase agricultural and natural resource awareness and interest through educational programs, exhibitions and competitions in a fun, family-friendly setting.
Reporters and Editors: You’ll find a photo library on our website for easy access to images to accompany your fair coverage. Visit StateFairVa.org/General_Info/Photo_Library.aspx.
The application for State Fair media credentials is available on the fair website as well. Credential applications are due Sept. 16.
Contact Greg Hicks, vice president of communications, at 804-290-1139.