March 2010

Fairground Flea Market Moving Outdoors


LEWISBURG, WV (03/16/2010)(readMedia)– The 2010 State Fair Event Center spring outdoor flea market schedule begins Tuesday, March 23rd weather permitting. Markets are held Tuesdays and Saturdays in the fair’s free parking area with spaces assigned on a first-come first serve basis. Spaces are $10 for a 10 x 15 area.

The annual Giant Spring Flea Market is scheduled for Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 2010 and will include indoor and outdoor spaces with antiques, collectibles, crafts, new and used merchandise of all kinds. Admission to the two day event is free. Indoor spaces are 10 x 15′ and must be reserved in advance to guarantee space. Outdoor spaces are 20′ x 20′ and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Free parking is available on the main fairgrounds and adjacent to the Rt. 219 south bridge entrance. Camping is also available but advance reservations must be made. Applications for the Giant Spring market are available at, or at the State Fair office at 304-645-1090 weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The State Fair of West Virginia, with an $8.9 million dollar economic impact on Greenbrier County, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, visit

Cook Elected to State Fair Board of Directors


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LEWISBURG, WV (03/15/2010)(readMedia)– Long time State Fair Horse Show Manager, Jerry W. Cook was elected to a three year term on the State Fair Board of Directors at the March 6 membership meeting held at the fairgrounds. A resident of Greenbrier County since 1966, he was formerly employed with AT T as an electronic technician at The Greenbrier Hotel, and served as Operation Supervisor for the bunker until it was closed by the federal government. Jerry also worked for the Department of Homeland Security for five years until retirement. He has served in the community as a paramedic for Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, a certified rescue scuba diver and is a member of the Civil Air patrol. Jerry and his wife Charlotte are the proud parents of Eric, Andrew, and Amber. John
Wilson, President of the State Fair’s Board of Directors stated, “Jerry’s sixteen years as our State Fair horse show manager and his experience in emergency planning will make him a very valuable board member. We are looking forward to his service.”

Monroe County native Darrell Echols, a board member since 1996, was named a Director Emeritus effective March 6th, 2010. His involvement in the fair has centered on the livestock areas with a particular emphasis on the dairy show.

The 2010 State Fair is themed “Genuine Homegrown Fun,” and is scheduled August 13-21, 2010. The State Fair of West Virginia, with an $8.9 million dollar economic impact on Greenbrier County, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

Farming Heritage Entries Sought


LEWISBURG, WV (03/12/2010)(readMedia)– Farming families are being sought as applicants for the 2010 Farming Heritage Award that is being offered by the State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau. The Farming Heritage award will be presented to a family that has strived to maintain its rural lifestyle by contributing to the community, acting as role models, dedicating time to efficient agricultural production, and maintaining the upkeep of their farm through generations. The winning family will be treated to an award ceremony during the State Fair on August 19, an award luncheon, overnight accommodations, free 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 will also be displayed in the Gus R. Douglass Annex during the Fair.

“The Farming Heritage Award honors an agricultural family, and their multi-generation contributions to West Virginia. The official state seal, featuring a farmer, is the logo of the award program,” said Karen Lilly, Administrative Assistant, State Fair of West Virginia. Entry forms may be completed by family members or by someone who wants to nominate a family for consideration. Judging will be conducted by an independent panel of judges. All entries must be in the State Fair office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2010. Entry applications are available through the State Fair by calling Karen Lilly at 304/645-1090 or visiting Farming Heritage applications are also available through the West Virginia Farm Bureau office by calling LeVera Gillum @ 304-472-2080 ext. 302
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