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State Fair of Virginia begins run on Friday

Friday - 9/27/2013, 3:41am  ET

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) -- The State Fair of Virginia is opening its 10-day run with the traditional array of attractions, including half-ton pumpkins and a gaudy midway.

The gates open Friday at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell in Caroline County and runs through Oct. 6. Besides the traditional fair sights and sounds, two events are making a comeback this year.

A Miss Virginia-affiliated pageant will be held Saturday, as will a parade. Through the fair's run, the musical lineup will include the Charlie Daniels Band and Jefferson Starship, among other acts.

This year, the Virginia Farm Bureau is going it alone. It sponsored the fair last year with a partner but they parted ways.

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