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2014 State Fair operating hours

Friday, Sept. 26 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday,  Oct. 1 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Note: These are the Ticket Plaza and building hours only; rides will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the Ticket Plaza closes, or longer at the discretion of fair management.

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State Fair will include scenic 5K and 10K benefit races on Oct. 5

(DOSWELL, June 11, 2013)—Runner registrations are being accepted for the State Fair Stampede 5K and 10K races, which will be held Oct. 5 during this year’s State Fair of Virginia.

“We want to make this a premier event in Virginia that attracts the running community. I don’t think any race venue in Virginia can match the scenic route we have,” said Greg Hicks, vice president of communications.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Virginia’s Agriculture in the Classroom program, which serves to educate Virginia’s teachers and students about the role agriculture plays in the environment and in their health and overall well-being.

The races will begin at 7:30 a.m. Both certified courses will wrap around the perimeter of The Meadow Event Park—through wooded areas, alongside the North Anna River and past the fair’s midway and horse and livestock areas—before finishing in front of the venue’s centerpiece, Meadow Hall.

Registrations will be accepted through 8 p.m. on Oct. 4. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K through Sept. 13; $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K Sept. 5 through Oct. 1; and $40 for the 5K and $50 for the 10K Oct. 2 through Oct. 4.

Runners can register through raceit.com or by mail. All runners will receive a Technical T-shirt and finisher medal. Registration does not include admission to the fair.

Awards for the 5K race will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers and the top three in five-year age groups from 9 and younger to 70 and older. Awards for the 10K race will be given to the top three overall and top three in five-year age groups from 14 and younger to 70 and older. Team prizes and door prizes will be awarded as well.

Hicks said he hopes runners will be attracted to the location for its historical significance as well as its ties to the fair and unique setting. "Competing on the same ground where Secretariat grew up and trained makes this a very special event," he said.

Runners who are training for larger races such as marathons and half-marathons are especially welcome. “We want this to be a great practice race for runners in training. The timing is perfect,” Hicks said.

Jim Elder of Colonial Sports in Williamsburg is organizing the event. “I hope it’s something that will grow to a point where you have to split up the two races, and that’s a good problem to have,” he said.

Elder described the State Fair Stampede courses as “moderate in difficulty” and said the races offer “a competitive venue to highlight local and regional running talent, as well as a fun and exciting venue for non-competitive participants to test and improve their aerobic fitness. This is a great opportunity for the running community to test themselves competitively and then enjoy the State Fair.”

This year’s State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.

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.