First Energy and State Fair of WV to host canned food drive

LEWISBURG, WV (WOAY) – The State Fair of West Virginia and First Energy are happy to announce their 8th Annual Canned Food Drive. With the 2020 State Fair canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s food drive will take place on Friday, August 14, 2020, during the “Taste of the Fair” event currently held in the midway of the State Fairgrounds, in Lewisburg.

“Even though we are unable to host our usual canned food drive this year, First Energy is committed to giving back to our community,” First Energy’s John Norman stated. “This has been a difficult year for everyone, so we are happy to be able to contribute in some way.”

Non-perishable food items may be brought to the carnival midway area on Friday, August 14, from 9 am – 7 pm! All food will be donated back to local food banks.

“With the current state of our nation, we believe this canned food drive is more important than it has ever been,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “Through our partnership with First Energy, we’ve collected over 100,000 pounds of food to give back to our community, and we hope to continue to add to that number this year.”

Food banks wishing to receive donations may call the fair office at, 304-645-1090. Pick up will be scheduled for Tuesday, August 18.

The 96th State Fair is scheduled for August 12-21, 2021. The State Fair of West Virginia has a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia and is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporations committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

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