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State Fair offers agricultural attractions for whole family

The State Fair of Virginia, held in Doswell, has its roots in agriculture, and this year’s fair showcases the commonwealth’s No. 1 industry with an expanded lineup of agricultural activities.

During the fair’s 10-day run—which begins Friday and runs through Oct. 2—fairgoers can educate themselves about Virginia agriculture and forestry through numerous attractions. From live animal competitions and exhibits to creative art and culinary contests, the State Fair has agricultural connections for all ages.

“At the State Fair of Virginia, visitors have the opportunity to experience agriculture in a fun setting and discover how it impacts their daily lives,” said Marlene Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “In between feasting on fair food and taking a spin on rides, we hope people will stop by the many agricultural attractions and talk to a farmer or two.”

The fair kicks off with a celebration of Virginia dairies, Sept. 23-25. The Dairy Days weekend will help promote the Fede...

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