December 2018

State Fair of West Virginia Announces 6th Annual Christmas Decorating Contest

LEWISBURG, WV (11/01/2018) (readMedia)– Local civic groups and businesses are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Christmas Barn Decorating Contest at the State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate one of ten harness racing barns located adjacent to Rout 219 North.

This has become a great tradition in the community. Each year, the barns are decorated even more elaborately. The creativity and holiday spirit of the entrants is highly anticipated.

The winning entry will receive $300, with second and third place receiving $200 and $100 respectively. Only the east end of the barns will be decorated and work must be completed by Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Phone 304-645-1090 or visit the State Fair office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm to get an entry form and details. Entry forms can also be printed from www.statefairofwv.com and emailed to ellend@statefairofwv.com.

Visit the State Fair’s Facebook page to cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” award and help the winning entry receive a selection of State Fair merchandise!

The State Fair of West Virginia, with an $13.8 million dollar statewide economic impact, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment and education. The 95th annual State Fair of West Virginia is a 10-day event scheduled for August 8-17, 2019. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com.

State Fair to Host Giant Flea Market and Antique Show This Weekend

LEWISBURG, WV (09/17/2018) (readMedia)– The Annual Fall Giant Flea Market and Antique Show will take place on September 21, 22 and 23, at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg. The show will be open from 8AM -6PM on Friday and Saturday and from 9AM – 3PM on Sunday.

This year, along with over 200 vendors, the WV Lottery will be set up on Friday and Saturday selling tickets and offering special promotions in their new location the Lottery Hall, from 9AM – 4 PM.

“This is one of our favorite events of the year,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “Whether you are looking for a unique shopping experience or just needing to get rid of some things and want to setup, this is the perfect event for you!”

Those wishing to setup for the three-day event can do so by calling 304-645-1090. Visit http://statefairofwv.com/event-center/flea-market/ for more information!

The State Fair Event Center is a 200 acre multi-purpose meeting and exposition facility providing a wide variety of event rental opportunities and hosting over 300 events annually. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

2018 1st West Virginia Made Collector Basket & 1st WV Edition Print

LEWISBURG, WV (08/13/2018) (readMedia)– The Annual Collector Baskets are back! We have continued the tradition of handmade baskets, now West Virginia made. The 2018 baskets commemorating the 94th annual state fair will be sold throughout the summer.

The 1st WV Edition Basket is handmade and dipped in natural walnut dye from 100+ year old trees. The basket stands 14″ tall, about 12″ long, and 5″ wide. The thin frame of the basket is ideal for housing everyday items or household décor. The light dye of the wood gives a natural look, while ascents of WV blue and yellow are woven throughout.

A basket may be ordered by phone by 304-645-1090, in person at the fair office Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:00 pm, or during the fair. The cost of the basket is $50.00 and shipping is available for an additional $10.00. To view a photo of the basket and print, please visit www.facebook.com/statefairofwv.

The 1st WV Edition print was commissioned by Rose Dobbins from Organ Cave, West Virginia. Her other works have been featured in the Tamarack and the Artisans Gallery in downtown Lewisburg. 50 prints are signed and numbered, with only 20 of those are professionally framed. The print is also available in postcard and poster size. They may be purchased at the Merchandise Booth at the Fair or ordered after the fair-as long as supplies last.

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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.

2018 State Fair of West Virginia to Start Thursday

LEWISBURG, WV (08/06/2018) (readMedia)– The 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to open this Thursday, August 9, in Lewisburg, WV. The gates will open at 11 am on Thursday, while the carnival will open at 2 pm! Admission on Thursday will be $5 at the gates and rides will be $20 all day!

“We have 10-days of unforgettable fun planned for the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia,” CEO Kelly Collins stated. “From the free entertainment and delicious fair food, to the concert lineup and livestock shows, there is truly something for everyone.”

Several ticket specials are available through the week including the Early Bird Special which will feature $1 admission from 9 am – Noon on Wednesday, August 15. Other specials include First Energy’s Magic Monday (8/13), Senior Citizen’s Day (8/14) and Military Discount Day (8/16). Children ages 12 and under will once again get in free all day, every day.

The 2018 concert series opens at 8 pm on Thursday, August 9, with a sold out show featuring Luke Combs and special guest Josh Phillips. Chris Young will return to the grandstand stage with Adam Doleac on Friday, August 10. Saturday, August 11 MercyMe will take the stage with Travis Greene. Sunday, August 12, Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration will have two shows for children of all ages! Other concerts include 38 Special, The Southern Uprising Tour featuring Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, and The Marshall Tucker Band, along with Buckin’ B Bull Ride with Phil Vassar. Our free grandstand shows include Uncle Si and the Sicotics, Ben & Noel Haggard, and Chris Knight.

Advanced discounted tickets are available through August 7 at select One Stop and Stop In food stores. All concert tickets and details can be found at www.statefairofwv.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX(3849).

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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.

Last Chance to Buy Advance Discounted Tickets for State Fair of WV

LEWISBURG, WV (07/31/2018) (readMedia)– The deadline to purchase advanced discounted tickets to the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia is rapidly approaching! Tickets are available at Greenbrier Medical Arts, Union and Western Greenbrier Pharmacies until Friday, August 3 and the State Fair Box Office until Noon on August 4. Select One Stop and Stop In Food Stores will be selling tickets through August 7th.

“We’ve had a really good turnout with advanced ticket sales so far, and we want to encourage fairgoers to take advantage of these discounted prices while they last.” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “Not only are you getting the discounted price, but you do not have to wait in line for tickets!”

Gate admission discounts include a $9 adult ticket (13 older). Carnival discounts include a $25 Mega Pass (rides from 11 am – 11 pm) and a $20 Big Pass (rides from 11 am – 5pm). Gate admission for children 12 years old and under is free all day, every day!

There are also several gate specials through week including a $5 admission and $20 ride pass on opening day! Gates will open for the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia at 11 am, while the carnival will open at 2 pm.

Concert tickets are available through the State Fair Box Office, by visiting

www.statefairofwv.com, or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX(3849). The State Fair Box Office is open from 9-4 pm Monday – Friday, and from 9 am – Noon on Saturday, August 4.

For more information, call the State Fair Box Office at (304) – 645 – 1090.

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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.

Annual State Fair of West Virginia to Start August 9

LEWISBURG, WV (07/26/2018) (readMedia)– The 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to begin on Thursday, August 9, with gates opening at 11 am and carnival rides at 2 pm! The 10-day event will bring thousands of people together for top-name musical acts, free entertainment, livestock shows, carnival rides from Reithoffer Shows and one-of-a-kind fair food!

“Our theme this year is ‘Unforgettable Fun’ and that is exactly what we want fairgoers to do – make some unforgettable memories with their families and friends,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “We have a great concert lineup this year starting with a sold-out show on Thursday featuring Luke Combs, as well as some new adventures for fairgoers including our all new ‘Best of Fair Food’ contest! This contest will feature 10 new items submitted by food vendors that fairgoers will get to try and vote on. We will announce a winner at the end of the week!”

Gate specials throughout the week include First Energy’s Magic Monday (8/13), Senior Citizen’s Day (8/14), the Early Bird Special featuring $1 admission from 9 am – 12 Noon (8/15) and Military Discount Day (8/16). Children ages 12 and under will once again get in free all day, every day.

The 2018 Concert Series opens at 8 pm on Thursday, August 9, with an already sold-out Luke Combs with special Guest Josh Phillips! Country music superstar Chris Young with special guest Adam Doleac will take the stage on Friday, August 10, while MercyMe will perform on Saturday, August 11 and Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration will take the state for two shows on Sunday, August 12! Other concerts include 38 Special (8/16), the Southern Uprising Tour Featuring Travis Tritt, the Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker Band (8/17) and the Buckin’ B Bull Ride with Phil Vassar (8/18). Free grandstand shows include Uncle Si and Sicotics, Ben and Noel Haggard and Chris Knight.

The week is also filled with free entertainment for all ages including Bears of Bearadise Ranch, Cowtown, Rollo (stilt walker), the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs and a packed schedule on the Sprint Free Stage!

Advance tickets are available through August 3, at Valley Independent Pharmacies, through noon on August 4, at the State Fair Box Office or through August 8, at select Stop In and One Stop locations. All concert tickets and details can be found at www.statefairofwv.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX(3849)

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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.

New Fair Food Contest

LEWISBURG, WV (07/19/2018) (readMedia)– 10 brand new food items will be competing at the 2018 SFWV to win the title of “Best New Fair Food.” Voting will take place at the individual stands, as well as social media. The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 18th. Vendors were encouraged to be creative with their additional menu item. Twists to classic foods include “Bacon Mac & Cheese Calzone”, “Redneck Nachos”, and even “Deep Fried Cornbread”.

Garret McCormick, the State Fair’s Director of Operations, leads the team of concessionaires.

“Quality food has always been our standard here at the State Fair of West Virginia; and I’m excited to have a great group of operators who thrive to offer new and exciting food options for fairgoers,” McCormick stated. “We hope that this contest will grow over the next few years and really became a tradition here for new food options.”

The 10 New Fair Food Items Include:

1. Crieghberhill Fry Station’s Poutines (french fries, cheese curds, and gravy)

2. GEHS FFA’s Pig Out Biscuit (biscuit, with country ham, sausage, sausage gravy and a side of bacon)

3. Gillette’s Pizza’s Bacon Mac and Cheese Calzone (fresh Calzone packed with mac and cheese and bacon)

4. Josephine’s Giant Glazed Doughnuts (large donut covered in a sugar glaze)

5. Miller’s Smokehouse’s Moonshine on a Stick (grilled chicken on a stick infused with moonshine, apple pie and original)

6. Smokin’ Gun’s Redneck Nachos (tortilla chips covered in pulled pork, crunchy dried onions, nacho cheese, sour cream, & jalapenos)

7. TCT’s Steak-Eze’s Philly Fries (basket of crinkle cut fries, covered in nacho cheese, topped with philly steak, onions, peppers and mozzarella cheese)

8. Trudy’s Dairy World’s Homemade German Chocolate Ice Cream (sweet coconut, pecan sauce with deep chocolate flavor)

9. Spare Time Concession’s Deep Fried Cornbread with Whipped Cream (savory cornbread with an additional layer of crunch)

10. Zul’s Homemade Pepperoni Rolls (fresh homemade pepperoni rolls, WV staple food product)

Check out www.statefairofwv.com for descriptions and photos of the new foods.

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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.

Entries Open For 5th Annual American National, State Fair of WV Car Show

LEWISBURG, WV (07/10/2018) (readMedia)– American National and its Family of Companies have teamed up with the State Fair of West Virginia to produce the fifth annual “State Fair Car Show.” The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 12th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the 94th Annual State Fair.

The show will take place on the main fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required, and the first 100 entries will receive two gate admission tickets and a special sponsor gift.

The show is open to 1969 or older Custom Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Classic, Antiques, and Drag Cars. A limited number of 1970 to 1985 hot rods and muscle cars will be accepted. Award categories will include: People’s Choice, The Long Drive Award, Kid’s Choice, Best Paint Job, Sponsor’s Choice, Participant’s Pick and The Best of West Virginia Ribbon!

** The State Fair of West Virginia is not responsible or liable for any damages that occur during the car show, owner assumes all responsibility.

“The State Fair Car show has been such a wonderful addition to our schedule the past few years,” CEO Kelly Collins stated. “We are thrilled that American National and its Family of Companies have joined us again this year as we continue another State Fair tradition!”

American National Insurance Company was founded in 1905 by William L. Moody, Jr. Through the years it has built a family of companies, including Farm Family, and is one of the largest, most financially secure, multiple line insurers in the country. Dylan Boone and his team of agents in the surrounding area are proud supporters of the community, with offices located throughout southern West Virginia.

During an interview at last year’s event, Boone stated, “The one-day event was created to highlight American National’s presence within the community and bring a new element to the fair that pays tribute to the past. Current clients are invited in appreciation of their business; prospective clients and car enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn more about our wide array of products, including our “Collector Car” insurance. The hospitality tent is manned by agents and staff. Lunch is provided for all car owners who entered the show. From hot dogs to moon pies, we celebrate the day in an all-American way. We hope all fairgoers will stop by and cast a vote for their favorite entry in each category.”

Sponsoring agents affiliated with American National for this year’s event are: Dylan Boone, Ty Donovan, Mike Gwinn, and Knight Henderson.

Details and an entry form can be found at www.statefairofwv.com. Deadline for registration will be July 30, 2018. Phone 304-645-1090 for additional fair information.

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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.

Entry Deadline Approaching for 2018 State Fair of West Virginia

LEWISBURG, WV (07/02/2018) (readMedia)– The entry deadline for the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia livestock and home, arts, and garden exhibits is on Friday, July 6.

Entry information can be found by visiting www.statefairofwv.com/competitions or by calling 304-645-1090.

Reminder, all limited classes for home, arts and gardens must be entered by paper, while all junior show livestock entries must be made online. Paper entries are due in the administration building by 4:30 pm, while online entries may be made until 11:59 pm.

As usual, fair week will be full of a variety of livestock shows, the fan favorite Draft Horse Pull on Friday, August 17th, at 9 a.m., and plenty of other activities. Also, don’t forget about our new special contests in the West Virginia Building this year, including “Floral Crown Contest”, “Christmas Tree Decorating Contest” and the “Chocolate Lovers Contest”.

For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com or contact the entries department, 304-645-1090, at the State Fair Office.

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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 of West Virginia Box Office is Now Open

LEWISBURG, WV (06/04/2018) (readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia’s box office is now open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia!

“We are just a little over two months away from the 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia and we cannot wait to get the gates open,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “We have an excellent lineup from our concert entertainment to the free entertainment on grounds, and we hope that everyone will get a chance to join us for a year of ‘unforgettable fun’.”

Advance discount tickets are on sale through our website, by calling ETIX at 1-800-514-3849 or through the State Fair box office from June 4 through August 3. Tickets are also available through participating Stop In and One Stop locations starting May 7 and ending August 7, and Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy locations, Union Pharmacy and Western Greenbrier Pharmacy starting June 26 and ending August 3. For a list of participating locations, please visit www.statefairofwv.com/tickets.

Advance gate admission discounts include a $9 adult ticket (13 and older). Gate admission for children twelve years old and under is free.

Carnival discounts include a $25 Mega Pass, which is valid for one day and includes 12 hours of unlimited rides (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)! The $20 Big Pass includes six hours of unlimited rides (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and is valid for one day. Individual sheets of carnival tickets are available at $10 for 15 tickets.

Concert tickets are available for all shows and may be purchased via the website or the State Fair Box Office. Concert tickets are not offered at a discounted rate, but gate admission is included. Tickets purchased online and through ETIX are subject to a convenience fee.

All tickets are subject to a 6% WV sales tax.

Check out the State Fair website for a list of daily specials!

The 2018 State Fair themed “Unforgettable Fun,” is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 9-18, 2018. 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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