Saturday, August 11, 2012

The West Virginia State Fair

The West Virginia State Fair started yesterday and runs through August 18. It is located in Lewisburg in Greenbrier County, WV. It's about 1.5 hours up the road from where I live, give or take a stop.

I was a child when I was last at this fair; I have a vague memory of going with my parents. This fair has been around for many years; it's been the official state fair since 1941.

Anyway, enough of that. You don't want a history lesson, you want to see photos!

To reach the fair from the main parking lot, you have to walk up and over a bridge across the road. This is a shot from the bridge, with the camera over my head to get above the chain-link fence.

Ah, the food! Snow cones and hots dogs and pizza, oh my!

I am a big fan of cotton candy, a treat I only get at fairs. Which is to say, not often! At $5 a pop, I'd better enjoy it, eh?

The rides.

What we really came for. The agriculture stuff. Tractors! And more tractors!

Old antique tractors, all in a row.

Doesn't this look like the best southern food shack EVER? FRIED GREEN TOMATO SANDWICHES! BROWN BEANS AND CORNBREAD! Who could resist?

We like old things, and this grist mill, circa 1870, was no exception.

We watched it grind grain for a good while. Plus it was in the shade and the sun was relentless between the clouds.

The quilts! Aren't they lovely?

A final shot of a one of the rides.

What's a carnival without a lot of color, eh?

If you are local and have never been to the West Virginia State Fair, you should check it out. We left home about noon and arrived around 2:30 (we made stops at other places). We only stayed for about three hours - between the heat, the threat of rain, and the thickening crowds, that was long enough for us. We were back home by 7 p.m.

One of the nicest afternoons I've had in a while!

**Photos taken with my Nikon Coolpix L22**


  1. I like the quilts and of course the food... but not the sticky cotton candy. Much too sweet for this gal. Hope you had fun! Looks like a great way to spend the day!

  2. Lovely photo's. The quilts are beautiful!

  3. That is quite a fair! All that food you described made me so hungry :) With all they have there, I can see why it's worth the trip.

  4. This looks like a nice fair! I can imagine to aromas of food, the noise of music and people. They must have livestock too?

  5. If you didn't say it was the West Virginia fair I would have sworn it was the Salem Fair! They must get the same vendors.

  6. Such a fun visit to the fair:-) Your photos are very colorful and really captured your tour very well.

  7. I love all the sights, sounds, and smells of a State Fair. We used to go to the NC State Fair in Raleigh---it was pretty amazing. This one looks like a lot of fun. (By the way, is it just me or does the tent in the lower right corner of the top picture have a smiley face?)

  8. Fun photos! We used to attend the Dane County Fair every summer, but I have never been to the State Fair, even though it's only about an hour's drive from here. One of these days...

  9. Looks like everyone is enjoying the fair. Those quilts are very attractive and have unique designs. Nice place to spend your weekend!


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