2018 West Virginia State Fair
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
Welcome to the WV State Fair!
One of our first stops was to see the Home Exhibits - quilts, crafts, veggies, etc.
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.
More produce and the Market Basket exhibits.
Close-Up of the Market Basket exhibits.
Interesting exhibits of produce.
Nice hanging displays.
Lots of quilts and sewing skills displayed.
Even the young kids have interesting exhibits.
Interesting irony here. (Hens and Chicks in a KFC container - LOL)
Window box flowers displays.
Even tea place settings. Something for everyone.
Mmmmmm........ Baked goods! (And we haven't had lunch yet!)
Appropriate flower display for the fair!
Loved this cheery face container!
Next, it was time to search for some food.
Festive, but "Nope". We found a local organization selling hamburgers in a small hut.
Then it was on to the livestock buildings.
Welcome to the Birthing Center, where youngsters can witness the miracle of birth.
Each year over a dozen calves are born during fair week.
Mama and her newborn calf. (born that morning)
This fine-looking horse was enjoying lunch when we passed by.
And (just like the Garrett County Fair last month), it was nap time for the pigs.
Cattle being shown at the judging barn. The young showman is really concentrating!
In the dairy barn, there is always work to do. Some of the cows were out for cleaning and judging.
WVU College of Agriculture had several Holsteins at the fair.
(From previous photo)
More dairy cows. Holsteins, Brown Swiss, and many more.
As we walked over to the flowers area, we passed by the tractor displays.
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.
We found the flowers!
Wonderful garden to walk through and explore.
The flowers were enjoyed by all, including butterflies and bees!
Have a seat and enjoy the flowers.
For all you Star Trek fans --- this flower is named Cosmos.
Beth likes Zinnias.
I'm very allergic to bee stings, so I kept my distance.
Another Monarch Butterfly enjoying the flowers.
"Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints"
The FFA had a display of "Lard Preservation"
We've been to many fairs, and this was the first lard display.
"This Is 4-H" was the category featuring individual interpretations of the 4-H Clover.
Close up of the button 4-H Clover is below.
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.