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State Fair of West Virginia 2020

One of the best family traditions taking place in mid-August

State Fair of West Virginia in West Virginia 2020 - Best Time
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The State Fair of West Virginia takes place in mid-August in Fairlea, near Lewisburg, West Virginia. The fairgrounds that host the ten-day event feature a large open space for carnivals and exhibitions, a horse track, several pavilions and grandstands for live entertainment. The West Virginia State Fair is proud of its best livestock shows in town at the Southern States Large Stock Arena and Tractor Supply Small Stock Arena where you can see cows, horses, sheep, pigs, and even rabbits. The Draft Horse Pulls and the Best Dressed Cow Contest will surely amuse you.

The first State Fair in West Virginia took place in Wheeling in 1881. Later on, the fair was transferred to its current location in Fairlea. Every year the fair features agricultural exhibitions and competitions by farmers, harness races, agricultural machinery, industrial tools expo, and Bingo game.

There is also a live concert every night with popular artists performing in various genres. Lineups have included country stars like Luke Combs, with hits such as “When it Rains it Pours” and “She Got the Best of Me” as well as Chris Young with Adam Doleac, MercyMe, Travis Tritt with The Charlie Daniels Band, Cole Swindell, and Alabama.

If you enjoy fair culinary favourites like corn dogs, cinnamon rolls, mountaineer burger, and funnel cakes, visit the impressive Fair Food Contest—a fun way to showcase the popular delicacies and vendors. The fair attracts about 160,000 people every year.