Complete State Fair of Virginia 2015 Guide, now including deep-fried butter

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The State Fair of Virginia returns this year, Sept. 25-Oct. 4 and includes all-time favorites as well as new attractions, shows and extreme fair food (scroll down). Get ready for a rollicking, deep-fried good time.

GET YOUR TICKETS

Tickets are available at most Walgreen’s stores, online at StatrFairVa.org or at the gate. For complete ticket information, click here.

COST

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 
  • Adults (one-day tickets) – $15
  • Youth 5-12 (one-day tickets) – $10
  • Seniors 60+ (one-day tickets)  – $10
  • Children 4 and younger admitted FREE with paid adult admission

Monday through Thursday

  • Adults (one-day tickets) – $12
  • Youth 5-12 (one-day tickets) – $8
  • Seniors 60+ (one-day tickets) – $8
  • Children 4 and younger admitted FREE with paid adult admission

Season Pass costs $30 at the gate. Season Pass is non-transferable. Be prepared to show photo ID.

Parking at The Meadow Event Park is free.

RIDES

Rides open one hour after gates open in the morning but will continue to operate for a minimum of one hour after the Ticket Plaza closes. Full list of 2015 rides, and height requirements are here. 

  • Unlimited Ride Wristband, Monday through Thursday —$18
  • Unlimited Ride Wristband, Friday and Saturdays – $25
  • Ride tickets, some rides are 3-6 tickets each – $1 each (every day)
  • Ride ticket sheet of 25 tickets – $20 (every day)
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WHEN

Friday, September 25: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 26: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, September 27: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, September 28: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 29: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, October 1: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, October 2: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 3: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, October 4: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ACTION

You can plan on all types of activities. The State Fair of Virginia’s has a handy mobile app so you can log-in and sync your favorites to your phone or calendar. Activities can easily be sorted and saved.

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This way you know exactly when the Virginia Raptors are on display or the Rusty Beaver Brewery Demonstration is going down, and how to not miss an opportunity to milk a dairy cow.

FAIR FOOD 

New food additions this year include homemade pork rinds by Sparky’s Crunchie Pig, deep-fried butter and bacon from Ristick Concessions and Coco Bongos’ frozen drinks served in coconut shells. There will be a maple theme:  maple cotton candy, maple jerky and maple lemonade by — believe it or not — Simply Maple.

Most food vendors will be located along the fair’s Festival Loop area, just outside the Farm Bureau Center exhibition hall. You can also count on fried catfish, fried chicken,  pizza on a stick, pasta dinners, barbecue, rib-eye sandwichesroasted corn on the cob, boiled peanuts and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Brunswick Stew lovers will have an opportunity to taste award-winning stew on Saturday, Sept. 26.  Stew from the fair’s annual Brunswick Stew Competition will go on sale at 11 a.m., and winners will be announced at 1 p.m.

For fairgoers with a sweet tooth, there is chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick, deep-fried Twinkies and Ho Hos, Dippin’ Dots ice cream, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and rolled in Reese’s pieces, chocolate-covered strawberries, elephant ears, kettle corn and more.

Complete list of food vendors. 

LOCAL BREWS

The signature beer, brewed by Midnight Brewery, is  Virginia Midway, an unfiltered wheat beer that contains malted wheat, local honey and Cascade hops.

Plenty of other craft-brewed beers from Virginia will be available all ten days this year, having expanded from 2013.

Beers from eight other regional craft breweries, as well as Virginia-made cider and traditional beers, will be for sale.  New to the fair for 2015 are beers from Richmond’s Ardent Craft Ales and Old Bust Head Brewing Co. in Warrenton.

Also available will be brews from newly named Brothers Craft Brewing in Harrisonburg (formerly Three Brothers), Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in Ashland, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. in Nelson County, Richmond’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland County and O’Connor Brewing Co. in Norfolk.

Nelson’s County’s Bold Rock Hard Cider will be served as well.

BLUE RIBBONS

Nothing compares to the pride of winning a blue ribbon at the State Fair of Virginia. From animals, agriculture and equestrian sports, to crops, baked goods and crafts, there will be plenty of competitions.

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