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West Virginia University at the State Fair of West Virginia

West Virginia University Building

The State Fair of West Virginia attracts tens of thousands of fans each day. West Virginia University has a strong presence each day of the Fair, showcasing academic programs, resources and outreach initiatives. This event is a great way to connect with future students, parents, alumni, fans and others who are passionate about the University. 

WVU and WVU Extension host exhibits in the WVU Building for the duration of the Fair. The interactive exhibits provide visitors with a unique opportunity to get to know WVU (and, in some cases, reconnect with the university).

Raffle and Prize Give Away at the WV Building Thursday, August 8 
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.*

*Please note, building opens at 11 a.m. (official fair opening) on August 9 and closes at 5 p.m. on August 17.

11 a.m. Doors Open   

12:30 p.m. Prize Drawing (held daily) 

1:00 p.m. Live Game
2:30 p.m. Food Demo

5 p.m. Prize Giveaway (held daily) 

Friday, August 9-Saturday, August 16 
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Please note, building opens at 11 a.m. (official fair opening) on August 9 and closes at 5 p.m. on August 17.
A food demonstration in the WV Building. 10 a.m. Doors Open   
Noon   Food Demo (daily through August 15)

12:30 Prize Drawing (held daily) 
1:00 p.m. Live Games (8, 9 and 10)
3 p.m. Agricultural Speaker Session (daily, near Master Garden exhibit)
3:30 p.m.  Food Demo  (daily through August 15)

5 p.m. Prize Giveaway (held daily)

WVU Extension Service Agriculture Speakers’ Series

All presentations begin at 3 p.m. near the Master Garden and high tunnel.

Friday August 9

Monarch Conservation, Dr. Sheldon Owen, and Sarah Owen WVU Extension Service

Learn the amazing story behind the monarch butterfly, including the life cycle, identification, habitat development and conservation programs in which you can participate.

Saturday August 10

Pruning and Trellising Options, Dr. Mira Bulatovic-Danilovich, WVU Extension Service

This program will cover pruning and trellising techniques for grapes, apples and peaches, including the espalier trellis technique for apples.

Sunday August 11

Grafting Techniques for Plant Propagation, Dr. Mira Bulatovic-Danilovich, WVU Extension Service

This session will cover chip and t-budding, a plant propagation technique that is widely used for propagating roses, fruit trees and many ornamentals.  

Monday, August 12

Basics of Produce Safety, Dr. Dee Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service, Jodi Richmond, WVU Extension Service, and Jeremy Grant WVDA

This program will cover the basics of safe produce handling from field to market. Produce safety demonstration, including use of a simple produce wash station will help producers learn about what they need to be aware of when selling produce.

Tuesday, August 13

Growing and Cooking with Herbs, Brandy Brabham, WVU Extension Service

This informational session will cover simple container gardening that you can use to grow your own fresh supply of herbs. Learn about the wide array of herbs available and how to best to integrate them into your daily cooking.

Wednesday, August 14

Seed Saving and High Tunnel Production , Dr. Lewis Jett, WVU Extension Service

This session will cover how to save and safely keep seeds year after year. Participants also will discover ways to ensure the safety of that seed from a disease and genetic perspective. This talk will also cover basics of high tunnel production, including timing, varieties and potential profits associated with this form of production.

Thursday, August 15

Common Diseases and Management Options , Dr. MM Rahman

This talk will cover the basic disease that cause so many problems for gardeners. Learn how to identify them through live samples and find out the best and most up-to-date control options available.

Friday, August 16

Interpreting, Soil Analysis and Fertilizer Options, Greg Hamons, WVU Extension Service

This program will cover how to understand soil analysis results, and what it all means. Wondering what fertilizer options are available? Is that liquid fertilizer really worth it? These questions and more will be covered in this talk. Get the facts so you can make the best decisions when purchasing products for your gardens and fields.

Saturday, August 17

Honey Bees and Alternative Pollinators, John Murray, WVU Extension Service

Ever wanted to manage pollinators for your garden? This program will provide an introduction to the management of honey bees and alternative pollinators such as mason bees and bumble bees to improve pollination in gardens.

4-H & FFA Youth Livestock Competition

State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition - young firls showing their sheep

Through WVU Extension’s 4-H program, our youths participate in livestock projects throughout the year. These young people spend an incredible amount of time preparing for livestock shows, and the State Fair gives them an opportunity to showcase their hard work. Check out the State    4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Competition and show your support!

4-H Exhibits
Cecil H. Underwood Youth Center

Thousands of award-winning 4-H projects from West Virginia youths will be on display during the State Fair, including projects about food, robotics, quilts, rocketry and more!