Thanks Joaquin: The 2015 State Fair of Virginia Has Been Canceled


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Hurricane Joaquin has yet to make landfall, but it's already making waves here in Richmond with the rescheduling or cancelation of several events and festivals. The RVA Field of Dreams Fest has been moved to the Altria Theater and Style Weekly's own Hogtober Festival in Church Hill has been canceled.

Now comes the news that the State Fair of Virginia will be closing today and will not reopen this season. Hope you got your fill of seasonal fried foods while you could, folks.

Below is the full press release from the State Fair:

(DOSWELL, October 1, 2015)—Due to the threat of heavy rain and possible severe weather, the State Fair of Virginia will close at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 and will not reopen for the remainder of the 2015 season.

“Safety is the fair’s No. 1 priority for our customers, vendors, exhibitors and workers,” said Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, vice president of operations for The Meadow Event Park. “We feel it is important to respect the governor’s state of emergency declaration, and we realize that our law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel may be needed elsewhere during this impending storm.”

Patrons who purchased but have not yet used single-day, admission tickets and season passes will be able to exchange them via mail for a single-day admission ticket for the 2016 State Fair of Virginia, which will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 9. Unused Ride Wristband vouchers can be exchanged via mail for a wristband voucher for the 2016 State Fair.

To receive the 2016 tickets or vouchers, ticketholders should mail their unused 2015 tickets, passes and vouchers to: State Fair of Virginia, Attention: Ticket Office, P.O. Box 130, Doswell, VA 23047, along with the guest’s name, address, telephone number and email address. A confirmation email will be sent to guests once the information is received. All returned tickets, passes or wristband vouchers must be postmarked by Oct. 30.

Any additional details will be posted on the State Fair Facebook page,, and website,


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