Virginia Farm Bureau looks to partner with new state fair owner

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jul 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-05 15:52:43-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The Virginia Farm Bureau is interested in playing a role in the new State Fair of Virginia. Farm Bureau spokesman Greg Hicks told CBS 6 the Farm Bureau is “in negotiations to partner with Universal Fairs to be part of the State Fair.”

An official announcement should come  in the next few days, he said.

In May, CBS 6 learned from a source that the State Fair of Virginia, Meadow Event Park and related assets could be put up for sale following its purchase at auction. [RELATED: State Fair may be up for sale again]

At that May auction, Universal Fairs owner Mark Lovell bought the State Fair of Virginia property for $5.67 million and said the company would “put on a fabulous 10-day event in September.” [RELATED: State Fair of Virginia sold for $5.67 million]

At the time, Lovell’s son told CBS 6 there was no truth to claims of another sale — and that his father’s company will remain in control of the fair.

In March, the State Fair of Virginia went into Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, effectively ending the fair and several events the company that put on the fair produced. [RELATED: State Fair of Virginia files for bankruptcy]