The State Fair Of Virginia Case Study

The State Fair of Virginia is right around the corner. The 10 days of the fair will be jam packed with rides, attractions, concerts, competitions and more. You don’t want to miss out, so we’ve answered some common questions here to get you started.

When is the State Fair of Virginia?

The State Fair of Virginia runs from Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Where is the State Fair of Virginia?

The Virginia State Fair is held each year at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, Virginia. The Fair has been at this location since 2009. Meadow Event Park is located at 13191 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell, Virginia 23047.

What is the State Fair Website?

Information and tickets are available at 

Where was the State Fair of Virginia held before 2009?

Since 1946, the State Fair was held at Strawberry Hill in Henrico County at what is now the Richmond International Raceway. The Fair was originally held at Monroe Park in 1854 and moved to several other locations prior to 1854.

What are the Fair hours?

The Fair is open 10 AM – 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and 10 AM – 10 PM Friday and Saturday.

The Midway opens at 11 AM daily.

How much are tickets?

Single-day tickets can be purchased in advance (prior to September 29) at Walgreens or on the Fair website. Prices are as follows:

Adult (13+): $12
Child (5-12): $8 (children 4 and under are free with a paid adult)
Senior (60+): $8

Beginning on September 29, tickets can be purchased at regular price at Walgreens or at the gate. Prices are as follows:

Adult (13+): $15
Child (5-12): $11 (children 4 and under are free with a paid adult)
Senior (60+): $11
Military (with valid military ID): $11

Season passes which allow admission for all 10 days of the Fair are also available online or at Walgreens in advance only through September 26. Season passes are not available at the gate. The price for season passes is $40 for all ages.

What is included with admission?

All concerts and most other attractions are included with Fair admission. Rides are not included. Ride tickets or unlimited ride wristbands can be purchased at the Fair. Unlimited wristbands can also be purchased in advance at Walgreens or on the website. Prices are as follows:

Unlimited Ride Wristband (advance): $20
Unlimited Ride Wristband (at event): $25
Individual Ride Ticket: $1 each
Sheet of 25 Ride Tickets: $20

A few special events also have an additional charge. Call ahead to check on specific events.

What are some of the events that will be at the Fair this year?

It would be impossible to name all the exciting events and attractions at the State Fair of Virginia, but here are a few highlights.

  • Xpogo Stunt Team Extreme Pogo
  • State Fair of Virginia Rodeo
  • Famous Rosaire’s Racing Pigs
  • Chainsaw Carving
  • Demolition Derby
  • Phil Vassar in concert

Whatever your interests, the State Fair is sure to have something that will catch your fancy. Which Fair events are you looking forward to? Don’t forget to like and share!

Sheetz is a market leader in its sector – quality gas stations, convenience stores, and food service facilities.  With its unique brand of convenience restaurant, Sheetz dominates markets in which it competes, leading to extraordinary growth.


When this growth resulted in the need for a new distribution and commercial kitchen facility, Sheetz needed to identify the best location for this project. Sheetz has an existing distribution and commercial kitchen facility in Claysburg, Pennsylvania.  For many years this has adequately served the needs of the company in its existing and growing market areas. 

To serve its most aggressive areas of growth in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, Sheetz was considering locating a new distribution and commercial kitchen facility in Virginia or North Carolina.  After interviewing a long list of recruitment incentive consultants and law firms to assist in this process, the Sheetz team chose to work with Ernie Pearson of Nexsen Pruet and his affiliated consulting firm Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting, LLC.

After an exhaustive review of multiple sites in both states, a thorough due diligence review of all site selection criteria, and the negotiation of very supportive incentive and grant packages, a site was chosen in Burlington, North Carolina near Interstate 40 and Interstate 85.  This facility will support the future growth of Sheetz.  Also it will provide back-up capacity to the Pennsylvania facility for fulfillment of the company’s stores' needs. 

Ernie said, “The Sheetz management team working on this project was extremely professional and capable.  It was a pleasure working with them. We are convinced that the location they chose is the best possible site for this new facility.”  He added, “Sheetz has been recognized by a poll of employees as the third best company to work for in North Carolina."

"When I go into Sheetz stores and see employees who are very happy in their jobs, it reminds me of the best part of my work in site selection and incentive negotiations – creating opportunities for people.”


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