April 2022

State Fair of WV Announces Official Art Contest

LEWISBURG, WV (04/29/2022) (readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia is excited to announce its First Annual State Fair Art Contest. The winning entry will be featured as the 2022 State Fair Print of the Year, and will receive a cash prize, as well as a percentage of sales.

“We’ve been able to feature some amazing local artists over the last few years with the official fair portrait,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “We are excited to continue to promote our local artists and can’t wait to see what folks come up with!”

The official State Fair print should portray a positive image of the State Fair of West Virginia or reflect activities in anticipation or preparation of the annual event. Guidelines include:

– Image should be 11″x14″, or 11″x17″ vertical or horizontal will be acceptable.

– Medium may include oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastels. Must be able to copy for print production purposes.

– Both professional and amateur artists are permitted to enter.

To enter: Please submit a copy and/or picture of your work to Kellyt@statefairofwv.com by June 1, 2022.

For more information, please contact the State Fair Office at 304-645-1090, or email kellyt@statefairofwv.com.

State Fair of West Virginia to Host Spring Flea Market

LEWISBURG, WV (04/25/2022) (readMedia)– The Annual Spring Giant Flea Market and Antique Sale is back at the State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg, WV, on May 20 and 21, 2022. The sale will be open both days from 8 AM – 6 PM.

“Whether you are looking for a unique shopping experience or just spring cleaning and need to get rid of stuff, this event has something for everyone.” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “It’s a perfect opportunity to not only enjoy our event but make a weekend out of it and see all the Greenbrier Valley has to offer.”

All shoppers are asked to park in the free parking lot located on 219S and walk through the tunnel entrance. Admission is free to shop.

Vendor booths remain at $25 per day, and because of limited space all vendors must pre-register. Due to on-going construction in the WV Building, this event will be outdoor only. Large items are the responsibility of the vendor and buyer.

For more information or to register as a vendor, please visit https://events.statefairofwv.com/flea-market, or call 304-645-1090.

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, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

Celebrate Warmer Weather with the State Fair of West Virginia

LEWISBURG, WV (04/19/2022) (readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia is celebrating the upcoming warmer weather with “Almost Summer in Almost Heaven,” this Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 1 PM – 8 PM, at the State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg. This one-day event will feature a little bit of everything with a car show, all-day music, food, shopping, disc golf tournament, corn hole tournament, and activities for the kids.

“After snow at the beginning of the week, the weather could not look more perfect for the upcoming weekend,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “We hope folks will come out and enjoy not only the weather but some fun activities as well.”

Event-goers are asked to park in the Free Parking Lot on 219S and enter through the tunnel. All activities will take place in the carnival mid-way, chairs are welcome. Admission is $5 for ages 11 and up and may be purchased at the State Fair Merchandise Booth inside the tunnel entrance.

Those interested in registering for the car show, disc golf, or corn hole tournaments may do so by visiting https://statefairofwv.com/almost-summer-in-almost-heaven/, or by calling 304-645-1090. Day of registrations will be permitted.

The Schedule of events for Almost Summer in Almost Heaven includes:

1:00 PM – Gates Open/Car Show Starts

2:00 PM – Corn Hole Tournament

3:00 PM – Car Show Judging

3:30 PM – Half Bad Bluegrass Band

3:30 PM – Disc Golf Tournament

5:00 PM – Cody Wickline

7:00 PM – Cody Clayton Eagle

 

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, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

Flo Rida and Restless Road added to the State Fair Concert Series

LEWISBURG, WV (04/11/2022) (readMedia)– Flo Rida and Restless Road are coming to the State Fair of West Virginia, as the latest additions to the 2022 Concert Series. Restless Road will perform on Monday, August 15, while Flo Rida will take the stage on Friday, August 19!

“With just over 120 days left until the 97th Annual State Fair of West Virginia, we are extremely excited for the latest additions to this year’s concert series,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “We are in for one heck of a party this year.”

Tickets for Restless Road and Flo Rida will go on sale, Thursday, April 14 at 10 AM, and will only be available via ETIX at https://statefairofwv.com/events/ or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm or Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Tickets will not be sold at the State Fair Box Office until later in the spring.

The 10-day State Fair of West Virginia is celebrating 97 years of “Mountain Grown Fun”, on August 11-22, 2022. 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, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Join the conversation by using #sfwv2022!

Flo Rida

Born Tramar Dillard on September 17, 1979, Flo Rida was raised by a single mother in Miami’s rough neighborhood of Carol City, Florida. Music helped Flo Rida stay on the straight path. His father was a talented musician who encouraged his son to express himself through music. Growing up, Flo Rida was exposed to all kinds of music, thanks in large part to his sisters, some of whom formed a local gospel group. When he was a teenager, Flo Rida found local success rapping with a group called the Groundhoggz. At 18, he became the hype man for Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew. Eventually, Flo Rida caught the attention of DeVante Swing, formerly of famed R&B group Jodeci and spent a few years in Los Angeles working with him. Unable to land a record deal, Flo Rida returned home to Miami and in late 2006 hooked up with Poe Boy Entertainment and its CEO, Elric ”E-Class” Prince.

In December 20, 2006 Flo Rida inked a deal with Atlantic Records and in 2009 started his own management company, Strong Arm, with longtime friend and manager, Lee ” Freezy” Prince. With the success of his management company Flo Rida and Lee ”Freezy” Prince launched their own record label, IMG, in June 2011. With his musical success Flo Rida got back to his roots of giving back and started ”Big Dreams For Kids” a nonprofit foundation that is committed to inspiring future leaders.

Restless Road

Made up of three different but complementary voices, country band Restless Road is “one of the most intriguing and exciting acts of the year” (Wide Open Country). Praised by People, Taste of Country, Billboard, and more, the trio’s powerhouse harmonies and soul-baring lyrics put them on numerous 2021 “Ones to Watch” lists, as members Zach Beeken, Colton Pack, and Garrett Nichols continue to rack up millions of streams. As NBC’s Today Show host Hoda Kotb put it: “That harmony…you feel it in your soul.”

Since Zach and Colton joined forces after meeting on a singing competition (where they met future collaborator Kane Brown), Restless Road has stood out as one of the genre’s premier vocal forces. When Garrett came onboard in 2015, they knew they had something special.

In February 2020, the trio unveiled their debut self-titled EP, which includes “Take Me Home,” featuring Kane Brown. A short year later, they dropped their track, “Took One Look At Her Momma,” which American Songwriter praised for its “captivating melody and lyrics that those in a relationship could benefit from hearing.” They recently released their tracks “Bar Friends,” “Hometown Tonight,” and “Headlights.”

On January 21, 2022 they released “Growing Old With You” which topped the U.S. iTunes Country Charts for over 1 week, which they also performed as a feature on ABC’s The Bachelor.

2021 saw Restless Road on the road with Kane Brown as support on his “Blessed & Free Tour,” and their first headline tour, the “Bar Friends Tour” will commence on April 6, 2022.

With all signs indicating Restless Road is a contender for best new vocal group, its members continue to write, sing, and perform together as they take the next steps down country music’s long and winding road.

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Walker Hayes, Chris Tomlin Added to State Fair Lineup

Country music star Walker Hayes and Christian singer Chris Tomlin have been added to the 2022 State Fair of West Virginia Concert Series. Chris Tomlin will take the stage on Wednesday, August 17, while Walker Hayes with Special Guest Tigirlily will close out the Fair on Saturday, August 20. 

Tickets for both shows will go on sale Friday, April 8, 2022, at 10 AM, and will only be available via ETIX at https://statefairofwv.com/events/ or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm or Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Tickets will not be sold at the State Fair Box Office until later in the spring. 

“We are getting closer to finalizing our 2022 concert series, and we could not be more exited with the additions of Walker Hayes and Chris Tomlin,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “Chris Tomlin is always a crowd favorite, and we can’t wait to show Walker Hayes just how awesome our state is.”

The 10-day State Fair of West Virginia is celebrating 97 years of “Mountain Grown Fun”, on August 11-22, 2022. 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, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Join the conversation by using #sfwv2022!

WALKER HAYES 

Monument Records recording artist, Walker Hayes, is a singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama. 

His recent EP Country Stuff includes the RIAA certified Platinum smash hit “Fancy Like,” which has topped every country streaming and sales chart since its release, and has spent 8 weeks and counting at the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. Called “the song of the summer” by the TODAY Show, the track is now in the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs. Propelled by the TikTok dance Hayes made to the song with his teenage daughter, “Fancy Like” has been used over half a million times on the app, with that original, homemade video, racking up over 30 million views and being used in a national Applebee’s campaign. 

Continuing to break boundaries, a new version of “Fancy Like” that features GRAMMY-Award nominated, pop superstar Kesha, is out now.

Hayes’ debut album boom., co-produced by multi-GRAMMY Award winning producer and songwriter Shane McAnally, led Billboard to praise his “personal, soul-bearing storylines; rolling rhymes; and Macklemore-like cadence,” and the Washington Post to write that “Hayes has broken into the mainstream by sounding different.” 

The proud father of six has performed his music, including “Fancy Like” and the Double-Platinum RIAA certified hit “You Broke Up With Me,” to national audiences on Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The TODAY Show. Hayes has headlined multiple tours on his own, as well as joined the likes of Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, and Old Dominion on tour. 

Chris Tomlin 

It is estimated that 20-30 million people across the world sing one of Chris’ songs every week in church services in nearly every language. TIME magazine heralded him as the “most often sung artist in the world” as his music has inspired and uplifted an entire generation of believers. Along the way, Chris has scored 17 #1 one singles at radio, placed 29 top ten hits (more than any other Christian artist), sold more than nine million albums with 4.5 Billion career global streams, earned a Grammy, three Billboard Music Awards, 27 Dove Awards, became a two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year honoree and an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. 

In 2016, he was named one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams, alongside Justin Timberlake, Pitbull and Garth Brooks. Chris is also the first Christian artist to reach the Billion streams threshold on Pandora and was presented with their BILLIONAIRE award. 

As one of the most successful Christian touring artists today, Chris Tomlin has sold-out venues everywhere including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Red Rocks in Denver and more. For more information visit: www.christomlin.com or follow Chris on Twitter Instagram Facebook and YouTube.

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