2020 Fair Cancellation FAQs

2020 Fair Cancellation FAQs

How do I get a ticket refund?
Any ticket purchased for the 2020 State Fair of West Virginia can be refunded.Call our Box Office (304) 645-1090 to receive a refund. the refund process takes anywhere from 30-60 days.

The deadline to request a refund is July 31, 2020.

Why has the 2020 SFWV been canceled?
The health and safety of everyone who comes to the fair will always be our highest priority. With that being said, we wanted to have a fair more than anything but it just wasn’t possible. There were many factors to consider; unknown attendance, financial feasibility, vendor and exhibitor participation, and many others. We made this unfortunate decision to keep the health and safety of West Virginians first.

Why we couldn’t you have waited longer to make a decision?
Many factors go into producing the annual fair. During fair week, our staff grows from about 10 people to 250! Countless vendors and businesses need time to order supplies and prepare. The uncertainty of the fair would make things worse. Pushing the decision farther back would just limit us even more to what we could accomplish at the 2020 SFWV.

Did you consider social distancing, masks, sanitizer, etc.?
Yes! Our Board of Directors has been exploring every, and we mean EVERY option to have the State Fair of West Virginia. We worked with local and state health officials and took their advice. Having the State Fair of West Virginia, even with modifications, poses a health risk that we are not willing to take.

Why couldn’t the fair be postponed?
This question was an option that we considered for a long time. The vendors and businesses that make the fair possible are subject to year-long contracts as well as scheduled to be at other fairs and festivals throughout the year. Furthermore, market livestock animals would not be able to be presented at a postponed date. Therefore, postponement was not an option for the 2020 State Fair of West Virginia.

Who decided to cancel the fair?
The State Fair of West Virginia entrusts the Board of Directors to make decisions regarding the annual event. The Board met countless times and discussed possibilities for hours, coming to this conclusion.

What about camping?
Everyone will keep their same spot as 2019. If you have already paid for your spot, you may either use that credit for 2021,  camp with us during the year, or receive a refund. Call the camping office (304)645-1090 with any questions.

What about the livestock animals?
The State Fair of West Virginia is working with partners to create a youth livestock show. Information regarding the show will be released soon.

What about the Gold Lot?
If you have already paid for your spot, you may either use that credit for 2021 or you can receive a refund. Call the office (304)645-1090 with any questions.

How can I still support the fair?
The loss of the 2020 State Fair of West Virginia will be unforgettable. However, we are still dedicated to hosting events throughout the year and will be anticipating the 2021 fair. If you wish to make a donation, please call our office 304-645-1090.

When will plans be released for the 2021 fair?
We cannot wait to meet again in August of 2021, and already have ideas to make it great! Check our Facebook page or website for the most up-to-date information regarding the 2021 State Fair of West Virginia.

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