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The rain curse at the State Fair isn’t fair, but hardly new

DOSWELL, Va. -- The rain curse of the Virginia State Fair is hardly new.

No, it's not fair, but it IS a fair thing.

The nation's first World's Fair in 1853 in New York City? It absolutely poured.

Fairs typically fall in the fall, which isn't small in terms of rainfall.


Virginia State Fair officials decided to move the fair up a few days this year "simply because, you know, last year we got inundated with the rain from the storm," said Fair spokeswoman Sherri Richmond McKinney.

Well, so far it has rained four inches - and that was just Wednesday alone.

And it's not the first time they've shifted the Fair schedule because of the rain curse. In 1991 - 25 years ago - they started a whole week later. So did the rain.

Such is the curse. And it's often not all that bad. In fact, there have been a couple of clear years here and there.

Yes, there's some rain scheduled for Friday, but this final weekend looks sweet.

Sherri Richmond McKinney

Sherri Richmond McKinney

Besides, rain or no rain, there are plenty of under-tent and in-building activities.

The agricultural kids are working so hard with their pigs, goats, sheep and cows for the big showcase showdown this weekend.

They're the backbone of the nation, and really the longtime heartbeat of our state fair.

Definitely get up there this weekend because - you never know - it might be raining next year.