Virginia State Fair makes shuttle service available to resolve parking issues caused by rain

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va.(WRIC) — The State Fair of Virginia sent a press release Sunday morning to address the problems that many attendees experienced Saturday as a result of a week’s worth of rain.

In the statement, fair officials said that they are experiencing muddy conditions in may of their parking lots at the Meadow Event Park where the fair is held.

According to the release, about 60 percent of the existing lots are open and usable.

In an attempt to help fairgoers, the fair has made a shuttle service available to allow attendees to park in the paved lots across from Kings Dominion on Sunday as the MEP lots become full.

A combination of large crowds, wet parking areas and accidents on Interstate 95 led to backups in the area and some people being turned away from the fair yesterday.

The release also urged attendees to carpool if possible to conserve parking spaces.

“No one in the special event business ever wants to close parking lots, however, in the interest of public safety, we had to make that decision yesterday afternoon,” SFVA executive director Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe said. “Our goal is to give our fairgoers an enjoyable experience. We certainly appreciate their support and understanding.”

The Virginia State Fair will be open today from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., but rides will remain open after the gates close.

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