Fundraising gala for State Fair
Posted at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022
Country meets glamor for a good cause at the annual Black Tie & Boots fundraising gala at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 22.
Polish off your cowboy boots or sport your finest cocktail attire for an exclusive VIP experience at the State Fair of Virginia – showcasing local fairground fundamentals in an upscale ambiance.
The celebration will be an indoor-outdoor event to be held at Meadow Hall at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, with proceeds benefiting the State Fair of Virginia Bursary Program.
Since 2013, the fair’s scholarship program has awarded 1,854 scholarships and donated more than $670,000 to support youth education in agriculture. The fair offers more than $80,000 each year in scholarship funds through 4-H, FFA, and professional competitions as well as specific equine, fine arts, and horticulture competitions.
A GENDER OVERVIEW
Select entertainment and attractions will be available to gala guests the day before the State Fair opens.
“It’s a chance to ride the Ferris wheel, have an artist draw your caricature, listen to live music, and watch the State Fair come to life while the field is empty,” Alexis said. Boyd, event planner of The Meadow. “The lawn theme is country – celebrating Virginia agriculture, with a State Fair theme inside the mansion.”
Brencore Entertainment will entertain guests. The event will include a live and silent auction with prizes donated by the gala sponsors. The silent auction is open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. inside Meadow Hall. A live auction starts at 8 p.m.
Come hungry and thirsty, Boyd advised.
“We will have a showcase of Virginia products incorporated into the menu,” she said. “And top it all off with a fairground-themed cotton candy champagne cocktail!”
Don’t worry about your boots getting dusty, Boyd added. A shuttle will take you from the car park to the mansion.
“It’s semi-formal, but you can still be comfortable,” she said. “You won’t need your six inch heels for that!”
Tickets for the events can be purchased beginning in mid-July at StateFairVa.org. Individual Early Bird tickets are $85 per person until August 20 and $100 per person from August 21 through September 5. Guests can also purchase a $500 party pack — six tickets for the price of five — through Aug. 20. For more information or to purchase party tickets, email [email protected]
Admission to Black Tie & Boots is by advance purchase only, and the event historically sells out.