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All roads point to WVU: Visitors invited to participate in activities at State Fair

Kids enjoy picking out free fruits and vegetables at the State Fair.
Cutline: WVU and WVU Extension Service will host visitors during the State Fair of West Virginia August 12-21. Guests can enjoy interactive games, garden showcase, educational information, livestock projects and other 4-H exhibits. To download a high-resolution photo, click on the photo above and save.

Morgantown, W.Va. — For many West Virginians and others across the nation, it’s likely a West Virginia country road connected them to WVU. Whether it’s a 4-H’er who participated in livestock, STEM or camping activities or a graduate of one of WVU’s three campuses, the State Fair of West Virginia has a unique way of bringing mountaineers together to celebrate their state.

Visitors, including students, 4-H’ers, alumni and others are invited to find their path to WVU during the State Fair of West Virginia Aug. 12-21 in Fairlea, West Virginia. WVU Extension Service and WVU will bring the gold and blue to the fairgrounds, including livestock exhibits, outstanding 4-H projects and educational activities.

The WVU Building, hosted by WVU Extension Service and WVU, will have number of innovative and educational activities for visitors of all ages. With a rotating selection of the University’s programs and people, fairgoers will talk with experts and participate in demonstrations from faculty and staff on topics of broad interest, such as recipe and drone demonstrations, nutrition outreach programs and home fire safety.

STEMCARE, Energy Express and several other academic units will be there with engaging activities for youths and families. Don’t forget to stop by the photo booth for a fun picture or “step into” a WVU residence hall to see what it’s like to live on campus.

Hundreds of 4-H’ers and FFA members will showcase their hard work as part of the junior livestock shows. At the Cecil H. Underwood Youth Center, 4-H exhibits will be on display, and guests can participate in augmented reality soccer and other games.

The WVU Master Gardener demonstration garden, located adjacent to the WVU Building, is a must see. Each year the master gardeners volunteer their time to create a colorful garden filled with flowers, shrubs and fruit-bearing trees. After taking a stroll through the garden, visitors are encouraged to stop by the high tunnel to learn how extend a garden well into the fall.

The WVU Building is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except for the last day of the fair when it closes at 5 p.m. The building also will be closed each day beginning at 2 p.m. for a brief cleaning. WVU-themed prize drawings take place at noon and 5 p.m. daily. WVU Extension Service 4-H exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Unvaccinated visitors are expected to wear a mask inside the WVU Building, and all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear masks inside buildings at the Fair.

For more information, including a schedule of events at the WVU Building, visit the WVU Extension State Fair website.

Fairgoers are encouraged to document their experience at the WVU Building on social media by using the hashtag #WVUFairFun so others can follow along.  Learn more about WVU Extension Service programs and resources by visiting  extension.wvu.ed  or follow @WVUExtension on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



Tara Curtis

WVU Extension Service


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