The state fair  is quickly approaching.

It begins Friday and runs through Aug. 19, so that means thousands of folks will soon be in Fairlea.

Organizers decided to open a day earlier than usual. And that’s fitting for the 93rd annual fair.

Just think…

The Declaration of independence was only 78 years old when farmers and craftsman of fine needlework began displaying their livestock and crafts  at it.

The traditions that we treasure have evolved over the years. The state fair gets bigger and better each year.

Here’s a look at ten awesome reasons to find your way to the fairgrounds:

1. Fair food

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There is nothing like fair food! Whether you have a hankering for a steak hoagie with the works, chilli cheese fries or a funnel cake smothered in cherries and whipped cream the West Virginia State Fair has you covered.

2. The Carnival Rides

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WVNS

Kids and adults alike will find a wide variety of rides that will have them smiling and screaming with joy.

3. The Entertainment

Ticket Crusader

Ticket Crusader

The West Virginia State Fair always has a top-notch concert lineup. This year’s lineup includes Brantley Gilbert, Aaron Lewis and John Michael Montgomery, just to name a few.

4. Competitions

Just some of the many vegetables and fruits on display at the State Fair

The livestock and agriculture competitions date back to the first state fair held back in in 1854. This tradition is one of the fair’s biggest draws.

5. Car Show

Charleston Gazette

Charleston Gazette

The 4th annual car show is a popular event. It draws antique car lovers from all around West Virginia and beyond.

6. Quilt Show

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Quilting is an Appalachian tradition. West Virginia has some very talented quilters, and they are proud to display their creations for others to admire at this special time of year.

7. Camping

Good Sam Club

Good Sam Club

After spending the day at the fair you can sleep under the stars at the fair’s campground. After breakfast you can enjoy the fair all over again.

8. Buckin’ B Bullride

State Fair of West Virginia

State Fair of West Virginia

The Buckin’ B Bullride brings a western flair to the fair. The bull riders put on an exciting show that will have your heart racing.

9. Bengal Tiger Encounter

State Fair of West Virginia

State Fair of West Virginia

Your kids will be thrilled with the majestic Bengal tigers.

10. Harness Races and Draft Horse Pull

State Fair of West Virginia

State Fair of West Virginia

Horse lovers will love watching the fast-paced harness races and the draft horse pulls. You can also get an up close look at the horses before and after the shows in the fairground stables.

 

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