Virginia State Fair 2012

The Virginia State Fair has a reputation for being spectacular, family-friendly entertainment – and they did not disappoint this year!

The 2012 Virginia State Fair was lots of fun. With plenty of amusement rides, exhibits, educational displays, music, and of course….food!

The fair was filled with Equine Shows and Events, Showcase of Virginia’s Farm Products, a fantastic Music Line-Up, and much more.

For those attending this year, the weather was also a welcome treat. “We’ve never had such a great time at the fair. The new owner’s really made sure that the fair was a huge success. It’s a shame it only happens one time a year,” says Mike P. who took his family of five for a day of fun.

“We also head out to the fair to see what’s cooking. We are always surprised with what they come up with. I thought the fried Oreo was the craziest thing I’d ever seen the first time, but now we look for that every year,” explains two happy fair-goers.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, which was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. It is the world’s largest educational organization for girls, and has influenced more than 59 million girls, women and men who have belonged to the organization.

Girl Scouts around the country have been commemorating the year by participating in national and local events, including Girl Scouts Rock the Mall where250,000 Scouts, friends and family ascended on The National Mall for a 100th anniversary sing-along.

Ten troops from the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia set up camp in Doswell, and taught fairgoers outdoor skills and explained what Scouting is all about during the State Fair of Virginia this year. “We’re explaining a skill and promoting Girl Scouts,” said Kay Crawford, leader of Girl Scout Troop 280 in Hanover County.

Troop 280 and Troop 894 were busy teaching fairgoers about trail signs. The other troops taught fairgoers abo

ut everything from campfire cooking and putting up a tent to packing a backpack.

There were plenty of indoor exhibits, crafts, and shopping too. Even a mega-sized candy store where you could mix and match every candy imaginable to create your own special blend.

The displays of pies, cakes, and cookies created by youth from around the area were lots of fun. With plenty of blue ribbons, these kids really showed they know how to cook!

If you missed the fair this year, don’t worry – you can catch lots of greatpictures on Facebook and on the website.