February 2012

2012 State Fair Concert Announcement

LEWISBURG, WV (02/27/2012)(readMedia)– Four concert events for the 88th annual 2012 State Fair of West Virginia have been announced. Tickets for the following shows will go on sale Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 10 a.m.

Friday, August 10, 8 pm: Trace Adkins – In the fifteen years since his platinum debut, Trace Adkins has released ten studio albums, three greatest hits packages, and thirty chart singles. He has also racked up four Grammy nominations and five ACM and CMT awards. Accomplishments like that – along with sales in the tens of millions – explain the respect Adkins has earned from Country fans and the industry alike. But there’s more. In recent years, Trace has made his mark as a TV and film actor, a voiceover artist, an author, a social commentator, a participant on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice – and even the inspiration for a series of comic books. Along the way, Trace has endured his share of well-publicized tribulations, and the release of his latest
album – Proud To Be Here – was marked by the same loss (and luck) that have shadowed Trace all his life. In June of 2011, as the finishing touches were being made to the album, the Nashville-area home Adkins shared with his wife and three of his five daughters was destroyed by fire. True to form, Trace thought first of his family’s safety, steered the outpouring of fan support toward the Red Cross…then got back to work. The album is the latest in a career that continues to soar. With “Just Fishin’,” Trace adds to a collection of hits that includes modern classics like “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Then They Do,” “Hot Mama,” “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.”

Saturday, August 11, 8 pm: Gaither Vocal BandFounded and led by legendary Christian music icon, Bill Gaither, The Gaither Vocal Band has forever raised the standard for excellence in the field of Christian music. Since organizing in 1981, the Gaither Vocal Band’s all star roster of members has included many of the industry’s most impressive talent. Sixteen men have, at one time or another, served as a member of The Gaither Vocal Band during the past 3 decades. The current five-man team consists of Bill Gaither, Michael English, Mark Lowry, David Phelps and Wes Hampton. Each individual possesses uniquely impressive talent, yet together their sound is even greater than the sum of its parts. Always at the heart of the group’s desire for excellence
is the goal of bringing the Good News alive to people of all walks of life.Over the past three decades, Bill Gaither and The Gaither Vocal Band have taken the renowned Homecoming Tour into cities worldwide, performing to packed houses, and accruing total attendance figures exceeding 1.1 million ticket holders.

Tuesday, August 14, 8 pm: Bret Michaels The 47-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and actor continues to move at warp speed. After more than 20 years in the business this award-winning, multi-platinum superstar’s career is seeking new heights. Michaels’ “Rock of Love” television series is one of the most successful in VH1’s!’s history. With three record-breaking seasons under his belt, Bret has embarked on several other television projects, including winning last season’s “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC. In addition, VH1’s!, 51 Minds and Bret Michaels teamed up again for the new docu-series “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, ” which gave viewers an insider’s look at Bret’s home life when he isn’t touring, shooting, partying and rocking
out. As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chart-busting Top 40 singles including “Talk Dirty to Me, ” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothing But a Good Time” and the timeless #1 smash “Every Rose Has its Thorn.”

Saturday, August 18, 7 pm: Victoria Justice – Victoria Justice’s star continues to rise. The 18 year-old, originally from Hollywood, FL is the star of her own hit Nickelodeon series Victorious and recently completed filming a Paramount feature film due for release in 2012. On top of that she is a budding sensation in both music and fashion worlds alike. In her Nickelodeon series, Victoria plays the musically talented “Tori Vega,” who unexpectedly finds herself navigating life as a student at “Hollywood Arts High,” an elite performing arts high school. Victoria’s vocal talents are showcased on Victorious, the first official soundtrack from the series. The rest of the cast accompanies Victoria on the 10 original and infectious pop tunes.
A number of the songs have already turned into bona fide smashes, including the driving “Freak the Freak Out,” which has sold more than 600,000 copies on iTunes. Other hit singles off the record include “Beggin’ On Your Knees,” “Best Friend’s Brother,” and the shows theme song “Make it Shine,” which was co-written and produced by Dr. Luke. Combined the album’s first four singles have surpassed 1.8 million total digital downloads on iTunes to date.Victoria has been nominated for Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice Awards, an NAACP Image Award, an ALMA award, as well as an Imagen Foundation Award.

State Fair manager, Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, states, “This first group of shows reflects our commitment to our fairgoers and their desire to see a variety of entertainment. We will announce 3 additional ticketed concerts and two free events in the near future.” Ticket prices and details on how to order can be found at www.statefairofwv.com. Tickets will be available via Etix at www.statefairofwv.com 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 2012 State Fair is themed “Memories that grow…year after year.” and is scheduled August 10-18. 2012. The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia, 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 Scholarship Application Deadline

LEWISBURG, WV (02/27/2012)(readMedia)– The application deadline for the 2012 State Fair Scholarship program is Friday, March 2nd, 2012. Forms are available at www.statefairofwv.com. With support from the State Fair Endowment, five $1,000 (four year) scholarship awards will be made to individuals who have participated in one or more of the following areas at the State Fair:

1. State Fair Junior Show – market animals, purebred animals and dairy

2. Equine Programs – State Fair’s Open Horse Show or Junior Horse and Pony Show.

3. 4-H and FFA Youth Exhibit Program – 4-H and FFA Underwood Youth Center.

Applicants must be pursuing a vocational trade, associate or bachelor degree. All applicants must have participated in the junior livestock show, equine show or 4-H and FFA Youth exhibit program within the previous five (5) years.

“2012 will mark the first year for the Gus R. Douglass Scholarship named in honor of his commitment to West Virginia’s youth,” stated State Fair CEO, Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe.

Applications are available online at www.statefairofwv.com or by contacting the State Fair office at 304-645-1090, email cboothe@statefairofwv.com or State Fair of West Virginia, P.O. Drawer 986, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

The 2012 State Fair is themed “Memories that grow…year after year.” and is scheduled August 10-18. 2012. The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia, 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.

2012 Farming Heritage Award Program Announced

LEWISBURG, WV (02/14/2012)(readMedia)– Farming families are being sought as applicants for the 2012 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 16th, 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, Office Manager, 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 1, 2012.

Applications are available through the State Fair by calling Karen Lilly @ 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 @ 304-472-2080 ext. 302 or visiting www.wvfarm.org.

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