May 2011

State Fair Debuts Two Stages to Showcase Regional Talent

 

LEWISBURG, WV (05/27/2011)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia is introducing two new ways for regional talent to be highlighted at the fair.The newest stage, The Blue Ribbon Stage, will not only be home to the Mapapa African Acrobat show all nine days and the Best of the Counties Pie Bakeoff, it will also be a stage for special performances by talented people from across the region.

The state fair is currently seeking various talents to perform at the first ever Blue Ribbon Stage. To be considered to perform, please send a dvd of the performance to the State Fair office. The fair welcomes talent from across the spectrum. Anything from clogging to juggling is invited to send in a DVD and contact information.

Another way for fairgoers to have their talent in the spotlight is to apply for the Five Minutes of Fame performances during the harness races. This new concept will take place in between harness races Monday-Thursday of the fair. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will showcase four performances, while Thursday will have two. Five Minutes of Fame is designed to provide entertainment in between harness races.

People interested in performing on stage at the grandstand during the Five Minutes of Fame should send a DVD of their performance to the state fair or upload their performace to the state fair’s Facebook page with contact information. All material will be reviewed and up to 14 people will be chosen to perform. Please send mail to PO Drawer 986 /Lewisburg, WV 24901 or ship content to 891 Maplewood Avenue/ Fairlea, WV 24902. For more information phone 304-645-1090

The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20. Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, the State Fair is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

Deadline Nearing for Smart 529 Coloring Contest

 

LEWISBURG, WV (05/23/2011)(readMedia)– The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and WV children have the chance to share what they enjoy most at the fair. The State Fair and Smart 529 are looking to West Virginia students enrolled in Kindergarten through Third grade to color themselves or their family or friends going to the State Fair. Prizes will be awarded for each grade; Kindergarten through Third and will be judged on creativity, finding the hidden objects in the picture and the actual coloring.

Grand Prize: $50, four State Fair gate admission tickets, an iPod nano, and two tickets to the Big Time Rush Concert on Sunday, August 14

First Prize: $25, four State Fair gate admission tickets and a ribbon

Second Prize: $15, two State Fair gate admission tickets and a ribbon

For more information and to download your coloring form with rules and guidelines, please visit www.statefairofwv.com.

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.

SMART 529 is issued by the West Virginia College Prepaid Tuition and Savings Program Board of Trustees and is administered by The Hartford Life Insurance Company.

The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20. Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, the State Fair is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

Deadline Approaching for State Fair Farming Heritage Award

 

LEWISBURG, WV (05/23/2011)(readMedia)– The application deadline for the 2011 Farming Heritage Award is approaching. Entries must be submitted by Friday, June 3, 2011. The State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau are seeking farming families for this award. 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 at 304/645-1090 or visiting www.statefairofwv.com. Farming Heritage applications are also available through the West Virginia Farm Bureau office by calling LeVera Gillum at 304-472-2080 ext. 302 or visiting www.wvfarm.org.

Camping at the State Fair

 

LEWISBURG, WV (05/20/2011)(readMedia)– Whether you’re coming to enjoy nine fun-filled days during our Annual State Fair in August or just traveling through, you will find comfortable accommodations for your camping needs.

Camping opportunities at the State Fair are convenient and affordable. Public camping is available during fair time for a one time $10 registration fee and campers can stay one night or every night. These dry sites include access to four bathhouses and complimentary shuttle service to the fair’s main gate. Public camping facilities can accommodate all recreational vehicles, campers and tents.

The fair maintains a waiting list for campers interested in an electric only site. Campers who want to be added to a waiting list for these sites should contact the fair by emailing statefairofwv@statefairofwv.com or by mailing a letter to: PO Drawer 986 Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Visitors traveling through the Greenbrier Valley throughout the year can take advantage of the fair’s campground with full hookup capabilities offered April through October. Limited camping facilities are available from early November through late March. . For details on making a reservation please call the State Fair Event Center, (304)-645-1090, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20. Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, the State Fair is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

State Fair Offers No Hassle Gift Option

 

LEWISBURG, WV (05/18/2011)(readMedia)– For an easy, convenient gift option that is sure to please any fairgoer, visit the State Fair office to purchase a gift card. Gift cards are on sale now and may be redeemed in the front office of the administration building between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekly.

The gift card is valid for gate, concert and carnival tickets, or even State Fair merchandise. Call 304-645-1090 for gift card questions and buying information.

The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20. Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, the State Fair is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

State Fair to Introduce New WV Farm Fresh Pavilion

 

LEWISBURG, WV (05/16/2011)(readMedia)– The State Fair will premiere its newest agriculture attraction in August. The WV Farm Fresh Pavilion will showcase West Virginia grown agriculture and livestock.

The goal of having a pavilion dedicated to West Virginia grown products is to encourage fairgoers to buy from local markets. A different theme will be used each day of the nine day fair with the themes as follows: poultry, honey, lamb/llama, fish, swine, beef, fruit and vegetable, dairy, and goat.

Each themed day will feature demonstrations and informational presentations to illustrate how agriculture impacts everyone’s life on a daily basis. State Fair Special Events and Concessions Manager Randi Nikolas said the pavilion, “will serve as a live demonstration area for gardening, culinary activities and informational sessions that tie in with the present Master Garden area.”

West Virginia made products will be sold at a small market place in the pavilion and Thank-A-Farmer will provide daily entertainment with magic shows for children of all ages. The State Fair, the Department of Agriculture and the WV Extension have teamed up to bring the Farm Fresh Pavilion to the fair.

The pavilion is located at the former Heritage Village Marketplace at the North end of the fairgrounds and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the fair.

The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20. Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, the State Fair is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

State Fair Announces 2011 Scholarship Winners

 

LEWISBURG, WV (05/13/2011)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia, in association with corporate, civic and individual contributors, has awarded five (5) $1,000 four (4) year scholarships from the State Fair Scholarship and Endowment Program. These scholarships recognize youth who have participated in the State Fair, excelled academically and demonstrated a proven financial need.

Applicants must be a West Virginia resident and must be pursuing a vocational trade, associate or bachelors degree, and must have participated in the Junior Livestock Show, Equine Show or 4-H and FFA Youth Exhibit Program within the past five (5) years. Applicants must be eligible for college admission during the same year in which they apply for the State Fair Scholarship, or must be currently enrolled in post secondary education.

The State Fair of West Virginia is proud to announce the following recipients:

MacKenzie Ansley from Ballard, WV – will attend Concord University

Amanda McGuire from Union, WV – will attend Marshall University

Erica McGuire from Union, WV – will attend Marshall University

Payton Mann from Cass, WV – will attend Potomac State College

Michelle Biser from Moorefield, WV – will attend West Virginia University

The 2011 State Fair is themed “It’s All Here” and is scheduled August 12-20. Named a Top 100 event by the American Bus Association, the State Fair is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

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