FAIRLEA, WV (WOAY)- From the amazing fair foods to the livestock, the rides and the stellar performances, West Virginia tourism compiled a list of things you don’t want to miss at this year’s State Fair.
1. The Big Wheel
It’s fondly called “The Dutch,” and you can see the big Ferris Wheel as soon as you enter the fairgrounds. A ride on The Dutch is the best way to see everything at the fair. For added excitement, ride it at night when you can overlook the entire lit-up fairground.
2. Twilight Harness Racing
This State Fair tradition starts Monday and Wednesday at twilight.
3. Ben-Ellen Donuts
These delicious melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon-sugar donuts have been a State Fair favorite for more than 60 years, and the fair is the only time of year for fans to get them!
4. Buttered Roasted Corn
It’s roasted corn, dripping with butter. It’s GOOD.
5. Potato Head Contest
Open to ages 5-8 and 9-12, the potato head contest is a seriously silly competition where competitors have to make a potato look like a person
6. Moo U & The Dairy Birthing Center
The Moo U is an interactive livestock tour where visitors of all ages can learn more about their favorite animals including goats, cows, chickens, lambs and pigs. The very popular Dairy Birthing Center has more than 20 births each year, and gives fairgoers the chance to witness it live.
7. Great Musical Acts
See some of the best names in country music.
8. Arts and Crafts
The arts and craft show features fun competitions, different events and junior art showings. You’ll see hand crafted woodworks, fine art and beautiful Appalachian traditional crafts.
9. Flower Show
For a chance to see the best blooms in the state, don’t miss the amateur flower show competitions. Try to identify flowers by their looks and aroma at the Kids Mystery Flower Show, and find gardens planted in unique arrangements. Browse the beautiful cacti, intricate bonsai trees and more petals, vegetables and plants.
10. Horse Show
There is a full schedule of horse competitions and events at this year’s State Fair. You’ll see the draft horses, buggy racing, Clydesdales and more.
11. New Fair Food Contest
Decide what your favorite new fair food is! From Smokin Gun’s Redneck Nachos to Josephine’s Giant Glazed Donut, try them all and pick your favorite today!
What’s your favorite attraction at the State Fair?