June 2012

State Fair Announces 2012 Farming Heritage Award Winner

LEWISBURG, WV (06/26/2012)(readMedia)– The seventh annual Farming Heritage Award will be presented to the Philip Harmison family – Philip, Juanita, John, Susan, Gregory, Kody, and Kory of Berkeley Springs, WV. The award is sponsored by the State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau and is presented to a worthy family who has demonstrated a commitment to a rural lifestyle, been involved in their community, and served as role models to others in the state of West Virginia.

Seven generations of the Harmison family have continued the operation of the 650-plus acre farm. The Harmison’s primarily raise beef cattle and run 150 brood cows. As time permits, family members do custom farm work and provide lime hauling services. The Harmison family continues the legacy of community service with memberships in agriculture related associations and community/civic activities.

The Harmison family will participate in the Farming Heritage Award Ceremony held on Thursday, August 16, “Governor’s Day”, at the 2012 State Fair. Their award will be presented by State Fair chair Jerry Cook and West Virginia Farm Bureau President Charles Wilfong. The Honorable Governor Earl Tomblin and the Honorable Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass will address the group and participate in the awards ceremony. Also included in the award package is a day at the fair including overnight accommodations, free admission, preferred parking, as well as an engraved Natural Stone Award.

Applicants for the 2012 Farming Heritage Award represented eight counties. They were competitive and the judges commend these farming families for their dedication and longevity to the farming industry.

For more information on the Farming Heritage Award as well as information on the 2012 State Fair of West Virginia, please visit www.statefairofwv.com.

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.

Discount Tickets for 2012 State Fair On Sale Now!

LEWISBURG, WV (06/25/2012)(readMedia)– Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the 2012 State Fair of West Virginia! Discount tickets are on sale through the website, by calling ETIX at 800-514-3849 or through the State Fair box office from June 25th through August 3. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available through participating BBT, Walgreens pharmacy, and Valley Independent Pharmacy locations starting July 2 and ending July 31. For a list of participating locations, please visit www.statefairofwv.com.

Gate admission discounts include an $8.25 adult ticket (13 older) and a $7.25 youth ticket (ages 6-12). Carnival discounts include a $20 Mega Pass, which is valid for one day (August 10 or August 13-17) and includes 12 hours of unlimited rides! The $15 Big Pass includes six hours of unlimited rides and is valid one day (August 10 or August 13-17). Individual sheets of carnival tickets are available at $10 for 15 tickets. Enjoy “$5 After 5 p.m.!” where gate admission on Sunday August 12, Tuesday August 14, and Thursday August 15 is only $5 after 5 p.m.! Gate admissions are sold separately from all concert and carnival tickets. Gate admission for children five years old and under is free.

Concert tickets are available for all shows and may be purchased via the website or the State Fair Box Office. Tickets purchased online and through ETIX are subject to a convienience fee.

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 Flea Market Changing Locations During Caving Convention and PGA Golf Tournament

 

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New Flea Market Location

LEWISBURG, WV (06/08/2012)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia’s bi-weekly flea market will be changing locations at the fairgrounds during two major events this summer: the NSS Caving Convention on Saturday June 23 through Saturday June 30 and the Greenbrier Classic PGA Golf Tournament on Monday July 2 through Sunday July 8.

During these times, the flea market will be moving to the northwest corner of the main fairgrounds near the livestock barns. Starting time will still be 7 am.

If you have any questions about the flea market, please call (304) 645-1090.

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.

Fun First Fundraiser and Scholarships for Youth

 

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LEWISBURG, WV (06/06/2012)(readMedia)– Be the first to make memories at the State Fair’s third Annual Fun First Fundraiser which supports the State Fair Endowment and youth scholarships. Fun First means you are among the first to experience the excitement of the Carnival Midway and fair food!

The casual event is scheduled for Thursday, August 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Carnival Midway. For each $50 donation, donors will receive a ride wristband and have access to a variety of fair foods and drinks. THE FIRST FIFTY DONATIONS WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL FUN FIRST T-SHIRT! (Event is limited to 250 participants).

If you wish to support the State Fair Endowment and the scholarship program but are not interested in carnival rides, you can donate your wristband to one of our three partner agencies: Children’s Home Society, Family Refuge Center or Davis Stuart. The agency will select a child to enjoy the rides. To donate your carnival ride wristband, we will need your Fun First donation by August 1st, 2012. Fun First Tickets can be purchased in the State Fair Administration office Monday through Friday or on the day of the event until 5 p.m.

Thank you to the Reithoffer family for the generous donation of the carnival midway for our Fun First event!

Created in 2007, the State Fair endowment supports scholarships, youth educational enrichment programs and agricultural premiums. The State Fair of West Virginia is a 501 © 3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to produce a quality fair committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education, and to develop non-fair events that utilize the existing facilities that create opportunities for growth , and that benefit the community served by our facility.

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