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West Virginia State Fair

By tradition,the West Virginia State Fair takes place near the end of August in Fairlea a community near Lewisburg, WV. This year's celebration with mark the 80th anniversary of the West Virginia State Fair, providing a variety of family-oriented entertainment for visitors during the August 13-22, 2004 time-period.


Lodging near the WV State Fair

Motels and hotels in the greater Lewisburg area usually fill quickly as state fair week nears.  Use our State Fair lodging page to search for motels and hotels near the fairgrounds. Or use our form below to check room availability by date, and to book room reservations.

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Grandstand Shows:  2004 WV State Fair 

Day

Date

Time

Act

Fri

8/13

8 :00pm

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sat

8/14

7 :30pm

Josh Turner
Jimmy Fortune
Lane Turner

Sun

8/15

8 :00pm

Grand Ole Opry:
Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Buddy Jewell, Rebecca Lynn Howard

Mon

8/16

8 :00pm

American English

Tue

8/17

8 :00pm

Nashville Star Tour:
Brad Cotter, George Canyon, Lance Miller, Matt Lindahl

Wed

8/18

8 :00pm

James Gregory

Thu

8/19

8 :00pm

Lonestar

Fri

8/20

8 :00pm

George Jones

Sat

8/21

8 :00pm

Charlie Daniels
Trace Adkins

Sun

8/22

4 :00pm
8 :00pm

Charlie Belknapís Hollywood Stunt Show

A brief history of "state fairs" in West Virginia

The First Annual Fair & Stock Exhibition was held on Wheeling Island, October 9-12, 1866. The first event to be called the state fair occurred in Wheeling on February 1, 1881.  The first Greenbrier Valley Fair, the predecessor of today's state fair, was held in 1921.  The first official state fair held at the present-day fairgrounds at Fairlea occurred in 1946.

Location and directions to the State Fair

Located in the southern region of West Virginia in Fairlea, a small community between the towns of Lewisburg and Ronceverte, WV, the state fairgrounds can be accessed from most locations via Interstate-64.

For more information, see: maps and driving times.

For More Information

Get the latest information on the wide variety of activities scheduled for this year's fair by visiting the official website of the West Virginia State Fair at: http://www.wvstatefair.com/

     

Things to Do: At the Fair and in the Area

In addition to the grandstand shows, several smaller "stages" located throughout the fairgrounds  offer live entertain. In the carnival section, called the "midway", you'll find an assortment of rides and amusements offering entertainment suitable for families and people of all ages.  The fair also hosts a variety of agricultural and livestock exhibits, horse shows, harness racing, and numerous other activities. Various state and some federal agencies maintain information booths at the fair, providing free literature and information to the public regarding various state and federal programs.  Various arts and crafts are also offered for sale by regional artisans.  Manufacturers and service providers maintain booths, offering product demonstrations and information.

Nearby Attractions

The Lewisburg Historic District features walking tours, an assortment of craft and specialty shops, historic homes and buildings, and a Civil War battlefield. From more information, visit WVePostcards.com to take a photo tour of Historic Lewisburg, and visit WVExplorer.com for comprehensive information about West Virginia's Greenbrier Valley Region.

Near Lewisburg, Lost World Caverns descends into the labyrinth of limestone caves beneath the region. Self-guided and private tours lead visitors 235 feet below the cave's natural entrance, past stalagmites, flowstones, curtains, and other fantastic formations.  All you'll need for a 35-minute tour are a light jacket and comfortable walking shoes. For more information, visit Lost World Caverns

28-foot-tall stalactite, called "The War Club", at Lost World Caverns
28-foot-tall stalactite, called "The War Club", at Lost World Caverns

     
   

Maps and Directions


West Virginia State Fair at Fairlea, WV


WV State Fair at Fairlea: Regional Map

City Directions Approx. Distance Approx. Time
From Charleston Take I-64 / I-77 South to I-64 East at Beckley then continue to Lewisburg, Exit 169. Turn right on Rt. 219 South and follow to the fairgrounds. 110 mi. 1hr. 45min.
From Roanoke Take I-81 North to US 220 North then I-64 West. At Lewisburg, Exit 169, turn left on Rt. 219 South to the fairgrounds. 90 mi. 1hr. 30min.
From Bluefield Take I-77 North to I-64 East at Beckley and continue on I-64 to Lewisburg (Exit 169). Turn right on Rt. 219 South to the fairgrounds. 65 mi. 1hr. 20min.
From Clarksburg Take I-79 South to US 19 South, then I-64 East at Beckley. At Lewisburg, Exit 169, turn right on Rt. 219 South to the fairgrounds. 160 mi. 2hr. 30min.

See also: Yahoo Map's directions to the State Fair from your location for  detailed driving direction.

 

2003 Map of Fairgrounds

The official 2004 map of the state fairgrounds has yet to be released, but to give you some idea of the wide variety of exhibits and entertainment at the State Fair, we've provided a copy of the fairground map from last season (2003).

Click here to view the map enlarged.


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