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Va. State Fair welcomes the horsey set

Friday - 7/27/2012, 4:20am  ET

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - The State Fair of Virginia is courting horse owners to become part of the agricultural attraction.

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation says it's issued an "open invitation" to all equine groups statewide to bring their events to the Caroline County fairgrounds for the annual state exposition or other times. The fair runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7 under the partnership of the farm lobby and Universal Fairs LLC.

Spokesman Greg Hicks said the Farm Bureau wants to preserve the link between Meadow Event Park and the horse farm that produced Triple Crown winner Secretariat.

Hicks said the fair is lining up quarter horse competitions, draft horse pulls and reining events for the fair. It's created a new email address to make the equine connection easier. The address is statefairhorses(at)

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