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How do I get tickets?

Tickets may be purchased online in advance, as well as at the gate May 3-5. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Checks are not accepted.

What’s the best route to take when traveling to the Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow?

From Interstate 95, take Exit 98 (Doswell) and travel 1½ miles east on state Route 30. If traffic is heavy, consider taking U.S. Route 301 to state Route 30; travel about 3 miles west on Route 30. You also can take U.S. Route 1 to state Route 30; travel about 2 miles east on Route 30. For a map, click here.

Are all of the attractions included in my admission ticket, or is there an additional cost?

General admission tickets include all seminars, clinics, demonstrations and nightly entertainment. Some additional events and activities may have an additional charge.

What kind of security measures will be in place during the festival?

The safety of our guests and exhibitors and their animals, our vendors and our employees is our No. 1 priority. The event will be staffed by licensed security professionals and state and local law enforcement. We reserve the right to conduct personal and bag checks at the ticket gates.

Do vendors take cash and credit cards?

Some vendors accept major credit cards; some are cash-only. There are ATMs available on the property.

Can I bring in my own wheelchair or motorized scooter?

You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or motorized scooter. Handicap-accessible restrooms are available on the property.

Can I bring in my own stroller or wagon?

Yes, you can bring your own stroller or wagon for your children to use on the property.

Can I bring my dog with me to the Virginia Horse Festival?

Yes! All dogs must be registered before entering the festival and show proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination. A dog waiver must be signed at registration and festival rules followed. No retractable leashes. Pet stations will be located across the grounds providing complimentary waste bags and water. Please see event map for locations.

Can I bring in food or drinks?

No outside food or beverages are allowed.

Can I bring my knife or gun to Virginia Horse Festival?

Festival management prohibits weapons of any kind from entering the property, including pocket knives. We ask that guests leave those items in their vehicles before purchasing their tickets or coming to the main gate.

Who owns The Meadow?

The Meadow Event Park is operated by Commonwealth Fairs & Events, a subsidiary of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, a nonprofit organization.

Is this where the State Fair of Virginia is held?

The Meadow Event Park has been home to the State Fair of Virginia since 2009.

How can I find out what else is going on at The Meadow Event Park?

Check the calendar on our website at for all upcoming events. We also note upcoming events on our Facebook page.

Isn’t this where Secretariat was born?

1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born on the Thoroughbred farm that is now The Meadow Event Park.

How can I find out more history about The Meadow Event Park and Secretariat?

For more information, visit our website at Secretariat-related tours also are available.