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The first annual West Virginia Fair & Stock Exhibition was held on Wheeling Island, in Wheeling, WV, in 1866. The first event to be called "the state fair" occurred in Wheeling in 1881. The first Greenbrier Valley Fair, the predecessor of today's state fair, was held in 1921, on the opposite end of the state from Wheeling. The first official state fair held at the present-day fairgrounds at Fairlea occurred in 1946.

By tradition, the West Virginia State Fair takes place near the last week in August in Fairlea, WV, a community just south of Lewisburg, WV off Interstate 64 (I-64). In addition to agricultural exhibits and grandstand shows featuring big-name performers, several smaller stages throughout the fairgrounds offer live entertainment. In the carnival section, the Midway, you'll find an assortment of rides and amusements offering entertainment suitable for families and people of all ages. The fair also hosts a variety of agricultural and livestock exhibits, horse shows, harness racing, and numerous other activities. Various state and some federal agencies maintain information booths at the fair, providing free literature and information to the public regarding various state and federal programs. Various arts and crafts are also offered for sale by regional artisans. Manufacturers and service providers maintain booths, offering product demonstrations and information.

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