The goal of the Youth Leadership Council is to provide an opportunity for talented youth to expand their leadership and event management skills through involvement in the annual State Fair of West Virginia.
PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND OBJECTIVES
1) Introduction and education of the Mission of The State Fair of West Virginia:
The mission of the State Fair of West Virginia is to produce a quality fair committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education, and to develop non-fair events that utilize existing facilities, that create opportunities for growth, and that benefit the community served by the facility.
2) Involvement and learning opportunities developed in the three key areas as outlined in the mission: Agriculture, Education and Family Entertainment. This will include volunteer opportunities during the annual State Fair and personal education/informational opportunities provided by State Fair staff and board of directors. Members will attend at least one prefair planning meeting and participate as necessary in prefair conference calls.
3) Council members will have the opportunity to to attend daily board meetings during the fair and may be invited to participate in promotional events at other times of the year.
- The Youth Leadership Council is open to youth ages 16 through 19 (by June 1 of this year) and is a great opportunity to earn community service hours.
- There are four council seats available with members selected through an application and interview process. Council members will serve one (1), one-year terms but may serve multiple terms.
- The Youth Leadership Council will receive a Youth Council shirt
Farming Heritage Award
The Farming Heritage Award honors the history of agriculture as represented on the West Virginia State Seal and recognizes families who have worked in agriculture for generations.
The Farming Heritage Award is presented to a family that strives to maintain its rural lifestyle by contributing to the community, acting as role models, dedicating time to efficient agricultural production and to maintaining the upkeep of their farm.
This award is made possible through a partnership with the West Virginia Farm Bureau.
Winning families are treated to an awards ceremony during the State Fair on Governor’s Day, a luncheon, overnight accommodations, complimentary admission, preferred parking and a Natural Stone Sign award with the family’s name that may be displayed indoors or outdoors. A photo and brief biography of the winners are displayed in the Gus R. Douglass Annex during the State Fair.
Information on how to apply for the 2015 Farming Heritage Award will be made available in late winter of 2014. Please check back with us at that time.