November 2011

State Fair Sponsoring Christmas Barn Decorating Contest


LEWISBURG, WV (11/14/2011)(readMedia)– Local civic groups or businesses are invited to participate in the new Barn Decorating Contest at the State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate one of 9 harness racing barns that face Rt. 219 North. Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, CEO, stated “Several years ago, the Fairlea Merchants Association sponsored a similar program. We are excited to revive this activity because it creates a sense of community and competition, while at the same time providing interesting Christmas displays for passersby.”

The winning entry will receive $300, with second and third place receiving $200 and $100 respectivley. Only the east end of the barns will be decorated and must be complete by December 3rd, 2011. Phone 304-645-1090 or visit the State Fair office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 pm to get an entry form and details. Information can also be emailed or found on the fair’s web site at

The State Fair of West Virginia, with an $13.8 million dollar statewide economic impact, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. The fair is scheduled August 10-18, 2012. For more information, please visit

State Fair Flea Market Moving Inside


LEWISBURG, WV (11/11/2011)(readMedia)– The fairgrounds flea market is moving inside the heated West Virginia building for the winter season. The first indoor market will be Saturday, November 19, 2011. Markets are scheduled Tuesdays and Saturdays until late March.

The indoor flea market provides shoppers an opportunity to “treasure hunt” and local vendors an affordable indoor retail location through the cold winter months! Look for a variety of antiques, collectibles, gently worn clothing, electronics and more. Weekly markets are open 7 am to 1 pm and a food concession is available.

Vendors interested in participating may phone 304-645-1090 or visit to download a vendor application and rules. Applications may also be obtained in the State Fair office, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 pm. Discounts are offered to vendors for long-term space rental.

The State Fair Event Center is a 175 acre multi-purpose meeting and exposition facility providing a wide variety of event rental opportunities.

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