Jeff Dillon, president of the State Fair of Virginia, said Meadow Event Park will feature a hot-air balloon festival in May and a Country music festival in June—events that could draw 10,000 people.
Dillon gave a presentation on upcoming happenings at the Meadow Event Park to the Caroline County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 26.
“We have a very exciting 2014 plan,” Dillon told the board. “It’s good for us and it’s good for the county.”
Dillon said that January is already full of weekend events, and that February currently has two weekends booked. March is also mostly full, and April will bring many horse show events, according to Dillon.
In May, the Meadow Event Park will host a new event: The Mid-Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Festival. Dillon said that the Farm Bureau expects an estimated 10,000 people will attend this event, which means increased tax revenue for the county.
In June the K95 Radio sponsored Country Fest will come to the Meadow Event Park. Dillon said that another 10,000 people are estimated to attend this event.
The Tough Mudder extreme fitness course will is slotted for June as well. This popular event is predicted to bring in 7,000 to 8,000 people from all over the mid Atlantic area.
The rest of the summer months are also filling up quickly, said Dillon. September will bring the highly anticipated State Fair. Directly after the closing of the fair in October, a bluegrass festival will be coming to the park.
The Equine Extravaganza will happen in early November, followed by another new event: a drive-through holiday light show. Dillon said about 10,000 cars are predicted to drive through the show, which should average about 25,000 to 30,000 people.
“We expect a very busy year,” Dillon said. Floyd Thomas, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, told Dillon that he and Farm Bureau had done “a great job” and that the county appreciates everything that they have done.
Dillon noted that the major concern during the heavily trafficked fair was parking. “We did run a little tight on parking,” he said, adding that there had been a concern that the venue would run out of parking spaces. Dillon also told the board that he might come before them in the future to ask for zoning changes.
Supervisor Jeff Sili commented that he “had heard only positive things about the layout of the fair this year.”