August 2012

2012 State Fair of West Virginia a Success

LEWISBURG, WV (08/29/2012)(readMedia)– The 88th annual State Fair of West Virginia, themed “Memories that Grow…Year After Year,” proved to be a success, while providing thousands of great memories for fairgoers! “I think people needed to exhale and have fun!” stated Chief Executive Officer, Marlene Jolliffe. “It was a long challenging summer and we are grateful that people decided to celebrate the end of summer by visiting the fair. Good weather combined with a strong free entertainment program, and a popular grandstand concert series proved to be a winning combination.”

Final audited gate attendance is not available, however, attendance is projected between 185,000 and 190,000. Ticketed grandstand events drew over 25,000 with one sellout and one “near” sellout. Fairgoers boosted food sales by 3% setting another food gross record and the Reithoffer carnival midway saw a 1% increase in carnival revenue despite rain on opening day.

Several of the fair’s livestock competitions saw an increase in participation with cool temperatures making for pleasant conditions in the livestock facilities. The Junior 4-H and FFA livestock show featured over 420 exhibitors and over 1,000 head of livestock exhibits. The open show saw much of the same success with around 500 exhibitors and over 2,500 head of livestock. In the popular Dairy Birthing Center, 22 calves were born, giving fairgoers several opportunities to catch a live birth. Despite approximately 4,000 competitive exhibits that entered and displayed in the Home, Arts and Garden competitions, the dryer than normal summer lead to a decrease in horticulture exhibits.

Jolliffe states “The return of the circus was a huge hit with families. This family entertainment element combined with thousands of “teachable moments” about the story of agriculture make the State Fair relevant and magical! We are looking ahead to the 89th edition August 9-17, 2013 and to the many events and activities that will take place at our facility between now and next August.”

The State Fair of West Virginia, with an $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.

88th Annual State Fair of West Friday Opens Friday, August 10th

LEWISBURG, WV (08/06/2012)(readMedia)– The 88th Annual State Fair of West Virginia opens this Friday in Fairlea. “We are anxious to open Friday and see our fairgoers enjoy what we’ve worked all year to create”, stated CEO, Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe. “This summer has been especially challenging due to the effects of the late June storm, however, when we open the gates Friday we will deliver the best showcase of agriculture, education and family entertainment found anywhere in West Virginia.”

The 2012 State Fair concert series opens Friday night with Trace Adkins at 8 p.m. Fairgoers can enjoy a circus, lumberjack show, and a variety of music on the Ntelos Center Stage. Carnival enthusiasts will have 52 rides to choose from on the Reithoffer carnival midway and thousands of livestock will be on display and in competition!

Tickets for available for all concerts with details found at www.statefairofwv.com or by phoning 304-645-1090.

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.

17th Annual Greenbrier and Monroe counties Youth Livestock Association Sale

LEWISBURG, WV (08/03/2012)(readMedia)– The 17th annual Greenbrier and Monroe counties Youth Livestock Association Sale will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Small Livestock Arena located on the WV State Fairgrounds in Fairlea, WV. This is a great way to show community involvement and support of local youth.

Bidders will be given a complimentary gate admission ticket to attend the State Fair on the day of the sale upon prior request. During the sale, beverages and a light lunch will be provided free of charge for buyers. Advertising opportunities are also provided. When you make a purchase, your name or the name of your business will be announced. It will also be printed in an ad in the local newspaper thanking you for supporting our youth. Buyers will also receive a banner to display where it can be seen by their patrons.

Bidders may attend in person or bid by proxy. In order to make a proxy bid, bidders must contact a Greenbrier/Monroe Livestock Association Member, which will allow the association to make a bid on your behalf. On sale day, bidders should arrive at the Small Livestock Arena at least 30 minutes in advance for registration. Bidders MUST be registered in order to make a purchase. Payment, if possible, is to be made the night of the sale. Those bidding by proxy can mail checks to GMYLA-PO BOX 586-LEWISBURG, WV 24901.

For more information, please call Arthur Bartenslager at 304.646.8465, Billy Morgan at 304.667.6849, or Robin Haynes at 304.661.1288.

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 State Fair of West Virginia and SMART 529 sponsoring “Grow Ums” vegetable garden project

LEWISBURG, WV (08/02/2012)(readMedia)– Here is some important information to remember for those participating in the 2012 State Fair of West Virginia’s “Grow-Ums” project sponsored by SMART 529, West Virginia’s college savings solution!

– Check in for those participating in SMART529’s “Grow-Ums” taco garden will be from 4 pm – 6 pm on Thursday August 9th and will be located in the main parking lot (where the flea market is held during the summer).

– You can post pictures of your garden and its progress on the Fair’s Facebook page! (www.facebook.com/statefairofwv)

– Don’t forget to decorate a shoe box with a taco theme to display your “Grow-Ums” vegetables at the 2012 State Fair of West Virginia!

– Each student who completes a “Grow-Ums” project and checks in with a completely decorated shoe box to hold their vegetables will receive one (1) complimentary youth gate admission ticket to the 2012 State Fair!

– Gardens will be on display in the WV Building during the Fair.

If you have any questions, feel free to call (304).645.1090 or email statefairofwv@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.

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