Once judging begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, all guardians and other accompanying guests must leave the venue.

Visit the hotels and area information section for help planning your visit. We encourage everyone to plan their day so that your visit is both fruitful and enjoyable.

Friday, March 24  Set-up
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.         Registration and set-up at VMI Cameron Hall
1. Students must check in at the registration desk. All payments and paperwork must be filed.
2. Students set up exhibits.
3. Exhibits must be approved by the VSSEF Display & Safety Committee before leaving.  
Saturday, March 25  Competition 
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.  Judges check in 
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.               

Judges interview presenters for category and special awards 

Only presenters and judges are allowed in the exhibit area during judging.
Parents and Chaperones see FAQ information below.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.         Lunches provided for presenters and judges 
1:00 p.m. 

Announcement of Grand Prize nominees

Nominees return to exhibits 

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Judges interview Grand Prize nominees 
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Exhibits open to the public 
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Award ceremony in Cameron Hall 

Finalists must attend the award ceremony to receive their awards.

Exhibits MAY NOT be dismantled during the ceremony.

Please see the Fair Director for instructions if you are unable to attend the ceremony.


Saturday, March 25  
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Judges check-in
7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Category Head Judges meet with category judges to establish Category Judge teams
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Category Judge teams interview presenters for category and special awards
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Category Head Judges tally judging scores
1:00 p.m. Announcement of Grand Prize nominees
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Category Head Judges form final judging teams and evaluate each finalist's project
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Head Judge tally scores to determine Grand Prize winners