It’s that time of year, comes around once, can’t miss it if you are in southern West Virginia. A rafting trip on the New or Gauley River? You bet. If you are lucky enough to be in town through August 21, though, there is another “don’t miss,” so plan on spending an extra day at the Resort. It’s time for the 2010 State Fair of West Virginia.
For most folks that means a trek to Fairlea (about an hour from ACE) to frolic on the midway, eat all of those things your doctor would scold you for and enjoy top-notch entertainment. For me, I move in on Aug. 10 and stay the duration, assisting my fellow Department of Agriculture co-workers with the Annex Building and our all-West Virginia products Country Store.
Unlike many State Fairs’, the West Virginia event is a privately held non-profit organization run by a board of directors. The first event to be designated a state fair was held in Wheeling in February, 1881. The city of Lewisburg began a yearly fair event in 1854 which was billed as a local event. In 1941, the West Virginia Legislature designated the Lewisburg event the “official” State Fair. World War II caused a delay and the first designated State Fair was held in 1946.
The fair has managed to remain agricultural and rural in nature, meaning you’ll get the ferris wheel, some of the best regional livestock competitions, fried dough as well as locally grown corn on the cob and popular concerts. Family-friendly, the fair is fun for all ages.
The list of events and attractions will fill a book so be sure to visit www.statefairofwv.com to plan a second outing while at ACE. Other ACE folks that you may see include Susie (transportation) and Rose (stables) who will be helping us out. I’ll be in the Gus R. Douglass Annex (except for Wednesday night; I am the proud owner of a ticket to the Jason Aldean concert); let us know you came from ACE.
We are easy to find; look for the large candy case filled with chocolates and truffles from Martinsburg’s DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates — dessert after your trip to the West Virginia Cattlemen’s Association Beef Wagon for a steak sandwich!