West Virginia University at the State Fair of West Virginia
West Virginia University 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
5 p.m. Prize Giveaway (held daily)
Friday, August 9-Saturday, August 16
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
12:30 Prize Drawing (held daily)
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
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!
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!