July 2012

Deadline Approaching for Discounted 2012 State Fair Tickets

LEWISBURG, WV (07/25/2012)(readMedia)– The deadline to purchase discounted tickets to the 2012 State Fair of West Virginia is rapidly approaching! 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 one weekday (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 weekday (August 10 or August 13-17). Gate admissions are sold separately from all carnival and concert tickets. Gate admission for children 5 years old and under is free.

The last day to purchase discounted tickets online at www.statefairofwv.com, by calling ETIX at 800-514-3849, or from the State Fair Box Office (open 9 am to 4 pm) is August 3. The last day to purchase discounted tickets from participating BBT banks, Walgreen’s pharmacies, and Valley Independent Pharmacies is July 31. For a list of participating locations, please visit the website.

Concert tickets are available for purchase online at www.statefairofwv.com or through the State Fair Box Office.

Tickets purchased online and through ETIX are subject to a convieniece fee.

For more information, please contact our ticket manager at (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.

Landau Helps Refill Food Banks Across West Virginia

LEWISBURG, WV (07/24/2012)(readMedia)– America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. and The State Fair of West Virginia have announced a buy one ticket, get one free promotion for Murphy’s August 12th fair concert, helping replenish state food banks that saw their stock wiped out after massive statewide power outages June 29th that left over a third of West Virginia without electricity.

Fans of the chart-topping crooner from Logan, WV can purchase one Landau ticket and receive a second free ticket for his State Fair of West Virginia appearance by donating five or more non-perishable food items, which will be distributed to area food banks. Landau’s State Fair concert is sponsored by the West Virginia Lottery. “After the late June storm, we realized we had a golden opportunity to help the people of our state get back on their feet, and cheer them up at the same time, and Landau is the perfect partner. He is deeply committed to the people of West Virginia ” stated State Fair of West Virginia Chief Executive Officer Marlene Jolliffe.

The “Landau Buy One Get One Free” promotion runs Wednesday, July 25th through the day of the show. Murphy, who was homeless at one point in his life and washed cars for a living before winning a million dollars, a recording contract and a headlining stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas says, “I know what it’s like to be hungry and hurting like a lot of my fellow Mountaineers after that storm. My family lost our power too, and everything in our fridge. And we know it was a whole lot worse for other people. Now, here’s a chance for all of us in West Virginia to help one another, and it’s simple to do. Just bring five or more cans of food or other non-perishable food items to the State Fair Box Office, buy one ticket to my concert and you’ll get one free. And I promise my big band and I will give you an incredible show that you’ll never forget!”

The August 12th Landau State Fair of West Virginia performance, sponsored by the WV Lottery, follows Murphy’s long string of sold out concerts across the USA, including recent appearances at the California State Fair and co-headlining with the legendary Temptations in Detroit. Landau’s debut CD “That’s Life” debuted in the Top 40, and stayed at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts for several weeks. Landau’s big band is made up of top Mountain State musicians, who will perform a special version of “Country Roads, Take Me Home” retitled “Funky Roads” as part of their State Fair of West Virginia appearance.

Murphy’s co-manager Burke Allen said “Landau’s West Virginia concerts have all been selling out, so this is a golden opportunity to experience the Landau show at a terrific low price AND help a great cause; with your food donation, you can get two grandstand tickets for just $12.00 or $18.00 for a pair track seats; that’s an unbelievable low price for a show this big!”

Take advantage of the Landau Buy One Get One Free offer while supplies last by bringing your non-perishable food items to:

Call (304) 645-1090 if you have questions.

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.

For Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. media interview requests, contact Allen Media Strategies Rebecca Fuentes at (703) 589-8960 or email Rebecca@allenmediastrategies.com.

State Fair of West Virginia Launches Interactive Fair Schedule

LEWISBURG, WV (07/12/2012)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia today launched an interactive fair schedule that provides attendees with special “fair finds”, in addition to the ability to easily plan their visit and share entertainment options with family and friends. The interactive schedule is available on the State Fair of West Virginia’s website, www.statefairofwv.com.

The “fair finds” will include special promotions and discounts on food, rides, and entertainment. The catch? Attendees can learn about these promotions only by accessing the interactive schedule. The “fair finds” will be posted a few days before the fair, so attendees can share their personal schedule with friends. The schedule can also be easily accessed with a mobile phone or tablet.

“We are excited to launch an interactive schedule for the first time this year,” said Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, CEO of the State Fair of West Virginia. “Our mission is to produce a quality fair committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. This interactive schedule will allow us to reach more people in an engaging and fun way.”

The State Fair of West Virginia worked closely on this initiative with Etix, a leading online and box office ticketing solution. The interactive schedule initiative is being coordinated by Etix Connect, Etix’s digital marketing team.

The 88th annual State Fair of West Virginia will take place on August 10-18, 2012.

About the State Fair of West Virginia

The 2012 State Fair is themed “Memories that grow…year after year” and is scheduled for August 10-18, 2012. The State Fair of West Virginia has a $13.8 million annual economic impact on the state of West Virginia and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com or follow the fair on Facebook or Twitter.

About ETix

Founded in 2000, Etix is an international Web-based ticketing service provider for the entertainment, travel, and sports industries, processing over 50 million tickets per year in 40 countries. As the largest independent ticketing company in North America, Etix provides flexible and secure online and box office ticketing solutions, integrated digital marketing services, and robust e-commerce fulfillment to over 4,100 venues, theaters, arenas, festivals, fairs, performing arts centers, and multi-use facilities. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, ETix has offices in Austria, China, Germany, Holland, and Japan, as well as Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit www.etix.com.

For more information, contact:

Etix: Joe Kustelski

joe@etix.com

615.772.6196

State Fair of WV: Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe

mpjolliffe@statefairofwv.com

304.645.1090

State Fair of West Virginia Announces 2012 Limited Edition Collector Basket

LEWISBURG, WV (07/12/2012)(readMedia)– The 14th Edition Collector Basket commemorating the 88th annual state fair will be for sale beginning July 16. The “Medium Crock” basket is adorned with a commemorative brass tag, “Cottage” blue weave featuring a tan/blue fabric liner, plastic protector and iron handle. The basket measures 73/4″x6″x61/2″ and is 100% custom made in the U.S.A. You may register your basket online for a lifetime warranty.

Beginning July 16, a basket may be ordered by contacting the fair office at 304-645-1090, in the fair office or during the August 10-18, 2012 state fair. The cost of the basket is $50.00 and shipping is available to your address for an additional $7.00.

Limited quantities of the 2011 “Bowl” basket are still available.

The 2012 State Fair is themed “Memories that grow…year after year” and is scheduled August 10-18. 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 of West Virginia Announces Exhibitor Deadlines for 2012 Fair

LEWISBURG, WV (07/02/2012)(readMedia)– Entry form deadlines for all exhibits for the 2012 State Fair of West Virginia are July 10 at 12 pm (NOON) for paper entries and July 13 at 12 pm (NOON) for online entries. This includes Livestock and Home Arts Garden entries.

This year, the State Fair of West Virginia is set to host its second annual Ranch Sorting competition on Friday August 17 at 1 pm. Entries will close after 200 teams. The entry deadline for the West Virginia Recipe Challenge is July 27 and the contest will be held on Sunday August 12.

Online entry forms and exhibitor information can be found on the website, www.statefairofwv.com under “Exhibitors”. Exhibitor’s guides may be picked up at the Administration building located on the main fairgrounds.

If you have any questions, please call the State Fair Event Center at (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.

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