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2016 Special Events


Salute to Secretariat

Triple Crown winner Secretariat is celebrated throughout the fair with a series of displays to honor the legendary Virginia-born champion. Watch his record-breaking runs, match your stride to his full gallop and take a “Selfie with Secretariat” at a new life-size poster. Secretariat’s own paddock will host his descendants on both fair weekends, and author of Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend, Leeanne Meadows Ladin, will be on site daily to greet fairgoers and sign her book.

You can also enjoy TOURS OF MEADOW HALL, which feature the Meadow Champions Galleries, Triple Crown Room and rare Meadow Stable memorabilia on display. Tours are Sept 24-25 and Oct 1-2 at 12, 3 and 6 pm. Click here for ticket info.


Black Tie & Boots

2016 Black Tie & Boots—Mingle at The Meadow—A VIP opening-night celebration of the State Fair of Virginia will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, and will feature live music, fair-style surprises, fabulous live and silent auction items, award-winning Virginia wines, an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.


Sale of Champions


The 2016 State Fair of Virginia will hold the reinstated Sale of Champions at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. The sale celebrates the hard work of Virginia 4-H and FFA participants, and auction proceeds will benefit the State Fair scholarship fund and aid the fair’s continued support for youth across the commonwealth. Learn More


The Virginia State Champion Auctioneer Contest


The Virginia State Champion Auctioneer Contest comes to the State Fair of Virginia at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Rosaire’s Racing Pig Pavilion in Festival Loop. The best auctioneers from all over the state will take part in two rounds of high-energy competition. The public is welcome to attend and bid during this one-of-a-kind event.  Be ready to bid away on great prizes and to be impressed by these fast-talking competitors. Interested in participating? Learn More


State Fair of Virginia Parade

The State Fair of Virginia Parade marches through The Meadow Event Park at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.