March 2011

Three New Board Members Elected to State Fair Board


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LEWISBURG, WV (03/29/2011)(readMedia)– Three new members were elected to the State Fair of West Virginia board of directors at the organization’s March 19th annual membership meeting.

Greenbrier County native and 14 year House of Delegate member Tom Campbell was elected to fill a two year unexpired term created when long-time board member Marion Shiflet passed away in the fall of 2010. Campbell has served 12 years as a State Fair Advisory director and traces his State Fair involvement to his high school and college days where he worked on the grounds crew and sold tickets. Tom is a 1983 graduate of West Virginia University, with a degree in Business Administration. He has worked in the business world as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1985.

Jo Allen Sibold Long was elected to a three year term. Long was raised on a family dairy farm in Monroe County, and she and her family currently reside on a beef cattle farm in Williamsburg. Jo holds a BS in Education from Concord University and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Radford University. She has over 35 years of teaching experience including 4 years in Monroe County and is active in 4-H on a county and state level. Long has also been involved with the State Fair’s dairy show.

Phoebe Echols McGuire a native of Monroe County, was also elected to a three year term. Phoebe and her family reside in Monroe County where she has taught school for twenty-seven years and currently teaches at James Monroe High School. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, she majored in Interior Design with minors in education and extension. Phoebe has exhibited at the Fair through 4-H since she was nine years old with market lambs and dairy cows, worked for seven summers during high school and college, and has served as a Culinary Arts department superintendent for twenty-seven years.

Keith Morgan, of Ronceverte and Lewisburg resident Gayle Mason McCroskey were reelected to three year terms. During the annual meeting, long time board member Cliff Huffman was recognized for his service to the State Fair and officially honored as the newest Director Emeritus.

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. The 2011 event is scheduled August 12-20. For more information, please visit

Win Tickets to see Big Time Rush


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LEWISBURG, WV (03/28/2011)(readMedia)– The 2011 State Fair of West Virginia will run August 12-20. The State Fair and Smart 529 are inviting West Virginia students enrolled in Kindergarten through Third grade to find the hidden fair themed symbols and draw their family at the State Fair on the new 2011 coloring contest entry form! The 2011 contest celebrates the fair’s theme “It’s All Here!”

Prizes will be awarded for each grade; Kindergarten through Third and will be judged on the originiality of the drawing.

Grand Prize: $50, an IPOD Nano, 4 State Fair gate admission tickets and two tickets to see Big Time Rush on Sunday, August 14, 2011!

First Prize: $25 cash, 4 State Fair gate admission tickets and First Prize Ribbon

Second Prize: $15 cash, 2 State Fair gate admission tickets and Second Prize Ribbon

For more information and to download your coloring form with rules and guidelines, please visit the State Fair website,

All entries are to be submitted to the State Fair office by mail – Coloring Contest, SFWV/PO Drawer 986/Lewisburg, WV/24901 and must be postmarked by June 1, 2011.

SMART529 is issued by the West Virginia College Prepaid Tuition and Savings Program Board of Trustees and is administered by The Hartford Life Insurance Company.

State Fair Concert Announcement!



LEWISBURG, WV (03/14/2011)(readMedia)– Six concert events for the 87th annual 2011 State Fair of West Virginia have been announced. Tickets for the following shows will go on sale Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m.

Friday, August 12, 8 pm: Jamey Johnson and Lee Brice. Johnson’s 2009 “In Color” was named Song of the year In April 2009, earning him a Gold Record. During 2009 and 2010, he collected five Grammy Award nominations. His newest landmark project The Guitar Song is a 25-song, double album with thematically linked sets of songs dubbed the “Black Album” and the “White Album.” Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy” broke the record for the most weeks spent on the Billboard country songs chart after climbing to No. 3 in its 55th week. The previous record-holder was Eddy Arnold’s 1948 hit, “Bouquet of Roses.”

Saturday, August 13, 8 pm: Mercy Me and Rebecca St. James. Countless listeners first met MercyMe through the account of Bart’s father which inspired the band’s 2001 breakthrough hit, “I Can Only Imagine.” Mercy Me’s current single “Beautiful” sits at #1 on Billboards Contemporary Christian singles chart! Rebecca St. James was the industry’s innovative ‘new voice’ as a teen in the mid-90’s, she blazed a trail in the contemporary Christian genre for many other talented female artists to come. She has received countless industry awards, including the prestigious GRAMMY®, garnered number one singles and has consistently topped both radio and sales charts, with career album sales in the millions of album units.

Sunday, August 14, 6 pm: Big Time Rush. Big Time Rush is living proof of the proverb “good things come to those who wait.” The process of finding Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena and Logan Henderson began three years ago, and now, after an incredibly successful first season on their hit Nickelodeon show of the same name, the band is finally ready to unveil their debut album entitled BTR. Their smash series, which boasts the highest-rated and most-watched live-action premiere in the history of the network, attracted 6.8 million viewers. .

Monday, August 15, 8 pm: The Band Perry. Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry are a trio of siblings raised on Country, Rock and Soul – influences that they blend together as seamlessly as the rare magic of their family three-part harmonies. In April 2010, The Band Perry released a five-song EP on Republic Nashville as their first single, “Hip To My Heart” broke into the Top 20 at Country Radio. Their second single, “If I Die Young” landed the band at #1 atop the Country Radio Charts and “If I Die Young” is now certified as a Platinum single by the RIAA for sales exceeding one million copies. The Band Perry garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song, CMA nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, three American Country Award nominations for New/Breakthrough Artist
of the Year, Duo/Group of the Year, Video by New/Breakthrough Artist as well as an invitation by the American Music Awards to attend as presenters.

Friday, August 19, 8 pm: Alice Cooper. Before there was Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson or KISS, there was Alice Cooper, the original self-proclaimed “rock villain.” Born Vincent Furnier, Cooper and his mighty band of the same name – lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bass player Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith – pioneered the dark spectacle of heavy metal with their huge blues-rock sound and extravagant stage show. Drawing from horror movies and vaudeville, Cooper brought a new level of visual theatrics to arenas with guillotines, electric chairs, boa constrictors and fake blood; their 1973 tour broke box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones, and raised the bar for major rock tours. Cooper will be inducted into the
Rock N Roll Hall of Fame on Monday night March 14, 2011!

Saturday, August 20, 7 pm: Buckin B Bull Riding followed by Colt Ford. Featuring some of the country’s top professional bull riders, Buckin’ B Cattle returns to the State Fair of West Virginia with the bull riders competing for the SEBRA National Finals. Colt Ford’s video “Chicken N Biscuits” has helped him garner over 100,000 Facebook Fans! Associated press writer Chris Talbott had this to say about his album by the same name, “He’s built a catalog of humor-laced songs that feature vivid stories of country life with a series of guest singers. The album has songs about country girls, lazy weekends, fishing, hunting, country girls, working on the truck, partying in the honky tonk, trailer parks and country girls, of course.”

State Fair manager, Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, states, “Variety is the key to our 2011 entertainment package with three additional events to be announced in the very near future.” Ticket prices and details on how to order can be found at Tickets will be available via Etix at or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm or Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20, 2011. 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.

State Fair Offering New Discount Ticket Options!



LEWISBURG, WV (03/10/2011)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia is excited to offer a new discount ticket program. Early bird discounts are being offered now through May 31. This includes youth tickets (age 6-12) at $6.25 and adult tickets (age 13+) at $7.25. From June 1 through July 29, regular discount rates will apply with youth tickets being $7.25 and adult tickets selling for $8.25. Carnival mega passes and big passes are also on sale!

In response to fair goers needs for more flexibility with ticket options, gate admissions will be sold separately of all concert and carnival tickets. Tickets may be purchased online at or by visiting the State Fair Office, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. For additional information phone 304-645-1090.

The 87 annual State Fair of West Virginia themed “It’s All Here” will open Friday, August 12 and run through Saturday, August 20th.

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

2011 Farming Heritage Award Program Announced



LEWISBURG, WV (03/09/2011)(readMedia)– Farming families are being sought as applicants for the 2011 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 18, 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 their community and 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 3, 2011.

Applications are available through the State Fair by calling Karen Lilly @ 304/645-1090 or by downloading the PDF here. Farming Heritage applications are also available through the West Virginia Farm Bureau office by calling LeVera Gillum @ 304-472-2080 ext. 302 or visiting

Application – PDF


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