“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 the facility.”
That is the mission of the State Fair of West Virginia.
The Fair has grown over the decades, and remains faithful to the founders’ vision as evidenced by that mission. In support of that mission, the State Fair of WV Endowment was created in 2006 to ensure the long-term support of three key areas; Scholarships & Career Advancement Initiatives, Youth Educational Enrichment Programs as well as Agricultural & Competitive Exhibit Premiums.
The Endowment, in conjunction with key corporate sponsors and individuals, support our Scholarship program which provides five,
4-year scholarships annually at $1000 a piece for each year that student maintains their academic standards. For every year that we make an award, we commit $20,000 for that class of Scholarship recipients.
Enrichment programs for our Youth occur not only during the week of the Fair, but throughout the year via school based partnerships in education programs. These programs are designed to improve the appreciation for and understanding of agriculture through hands-on classroom activities. Our Youth are the Fairgoers and Board members of tomorrow and we aspire to provide opportunities in areas such as leadership growth and communication of the agriculture message.
Through the years, hundreds of West Virginians have participated in State Fair competitions. The thrill of victory and the sorrow of defeat are important life lessons. We believe that it’s imperative for tomorrow’s youth to have the same opportunities. For some, the defining moment was winning their first blue ribbon and for others it is spending their first prize winnings.
“Nowhere do I feel prouder to be a West Virginian or a farm girl than I do at the State Fair” ~ Susan Wilkins
“All the projects I have taken have taught me how to work hard, make decisions, and develop initiative” ~ Tashua Allman
“One of the highlights of the Fair for me is bringing my family and friends into the Youth Center to show off my blue ribbon projects” ~ Alexandra Spangler
LEWISBURG, WV (02/20/2013)(readMedia)– Farming families are being sought as applicants for the 2013 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 15, 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, Administrative Assistant, 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 Monday, June 3.
Entry 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.