Fairgoers can celebrate WVU’s 150th at 2017 State Fair of West Virginia

Morgantown, W.Va.— Fairgoers can play games and activities at West Virginia University exhibits, learn about WVU Extension Service programs and celebrate WVU’s 150th birthday at the State Fair of West Virginia, Aug. 10-19 in Fairlea, West Virginia.

The WVU Building is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Thursday, August 10 when the building opens at 2 p.m. (official start of the State Fair) and the final day of the fair when the building closes at 5 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 17, President Gordon Gee will make a special appearance during Governor’s Day. The Mountaineer Mascot will also stop by and visit for the remainder of the week.

WVU Extension Service will provide advice and information on canning and food preservation, introduce families to new recipe ideas and provide engaging, expert demonstrations.

Live food demonstrations will be held at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

In the Cecil H. Underwood Youth Center, WVU Extension 4-H Youth Development will feature more than 2,500 award-winning 4-H projects from West Virginia youths covering everything from food products to rocketry.

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Tara Curtis named WVU Extension Service director of communications and marketing

Morgantown, W.Va. – At the heart of the West Virginia University Extension Service is a passion for the state and its people. That statement also holds true for Tara Curtis, the new director of communications and marketing for the University’s main outreach arm, bringing more than 20 years of public relations, communications and marketing experience to the unit.

Not only is she a Mountaineer through and through in regards to her work experience and academic career, but she’s also acutely aware of Extension’s mission as she spent part of her youth growing up in West Virginia 4-H programs.

According to Curtis, it’s a foundation that will serve her well as the University and Extension Service work tirelessly to improve the lives of all West Virginians.

“The work done through WVU Extension is vital to our state. Our educational programs, resources, outreach initiatives and research open doors to opportunity for our fellow West Virginians,” said Curtis. “I’m looking forward to working with the Extension team to showcase these amazing stories while connecting people to the wonderful things we offer.”

WVU Extension Service Dean and Director Steve Bonanno expressed that he was delighted with the hire, and knows full well the capabilities that Curtis brings to the WVU Extension Service.

“Tara is well respected in the WVU community for her professionalism and passion for the University’s mission,” said Bonanno. “But, what gives me the most confidence in her is the fact that she’s so active in numerous community and charitable organizations around town — that demonstrates a character that aligns with the core of what we’re all about.”

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