2018 West Virginia State Fair

 

Lewisburg, WV

 

 

On our way home from visiting the Old Friends Race Horse Retirement Farm in Kentucky (Click Here For That Story), we made a detour down to the West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg.  It was a long day - starting out at 6:30am with a 300-mile drive and arriving just after noon.  The good news was we didn't know it was "Dollar Day" so our admission was only a buck each, instead of $11.00

 

 

 

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Welcome to the WV State Fair!

 

 

One of our first stops was to see the Home Exhibits - quilts, crafts, veggies, etc.

 

 

 

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Nice displays.

 

 

 

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Always fun to view the variety of vegetables.

The quilts look great even from the back! So many hours to prepare all of these displays.

 

 

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More produce and the Market Basket exhibits.

 

 

 

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Close-Up of the Market Basket exhibits.

 

 

 

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Interesting exhibits of produce.

 

 

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Nice hanging displays.

 

 

 

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Lots of quilts and sewing skills displayed.

 

 

 

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Photography exhibits.

 

 

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Even the young kids have interesting exhibits.

 

 

 

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Interesting irony here.  (Hens and Chicks in a KFC container - LOL)

 

 

 

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Window box flowers displays.

 

 

 

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Even tea place settings.  Something for everyone.

 

 

 

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Mmmmmm........ Baked goods!  (And we haven't had lunch yet!)

 

 

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Appropriate flower display for the fair!

 

 

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Loved this cheery face container!

 

 

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Next, it was time to search for some food.

 

 

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Festive, but "Nope".  We found a local organization selling hamburgers in a small hut. 

 

Then it was on to the livestock buildings.

 

 

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Welcome to the Birthing Center, where youngsters can witness the miracle of birth.

Each year over a dozen calves are born during fair week.

 

 

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Mama and her newborn calf. (born that morning)

 

 

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This fine-looking horse was enjoying lunch when we passed by.

 

 

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And (just like the Garrett County Fair last month), it was nap time for the pigs. 

 

 

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Cattle being shown at the judging barn.  The young showman is really concentrating!

 

 

 

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In the dairy barn, there is always work to do.  Some of the cows were out for cleaning and judging.

 

 

 

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WVU College of Agriculture had several Holsteins at the fair.

 

 

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(From previous photo)

 

 

 

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More dairy cows.  Holsteins, Brown Swiss, and many more.

 

 

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As we walked over to the flowers area, we passed by the tractor displays.

 

 

 

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One of the larger tractors on display that day. 

This one starts at $91,000 before options like the $30,000 hay baler on the back.

Farming is not cheap.   

 

 

 

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We found the flowers!

 

 

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Wonderful garden to walk through and explore.

The flowers were enjoyed by all, including butterflies and bees!

 

 

 

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Have a seat and enjoy the flowers.

 

 

 

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For all you Star Trek fans --- this flower is named Cosmos.

 

 

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Beth likes Zinnias.

 

 

 

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Buzzzzzzzzz............

I'm very allergic to bee stings, so I kept my distance.

 

 

 

 

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Monarch Butterfly.

 

 

 

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Another Monarch Butterfly enjoying the flowers.

 

 

 

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"Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints"

 

 

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The FFA had a display of "Lard Preservation"

We've been to many fairs, and this was the first lard display. 

 

 

 

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"This Is 4-H" was the category featuring individual interpretations of the 4-H Clover.

 

 

 

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Close up of the button 4-H Clover is below.

 

 

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Winning isn't everything, but if you win enough ribbons, you can make one of these.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the 2018 West Virginia State Fair.  We did!!

 

It was now 3:30pm and time to start driving the last 200 miles home. 

We pulled in the driveway around 7:30pm. Tired, but happy.

 

 

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