State Fair Announces 10th Annual Christmas Barn Decorating Contest

Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP

LEWISBURG, WV (WOAY) – The State Fair of West Virginia invites local civic groups and businesses to participate in the 10th Annual Christmas Barn Decorating Contest at the State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate one of ten horse barns located adjacent to Route 219 North.

Kelly Collins, State Fair of WV CEO stated, “This is always an exciting competition for us and it is becoming a great tradition for the community. This year it is going to be even more special as we host our first-ever Christmas light show.”

The winning entry will receive $300, with second and third place receiving $200 and $100 respectively. Only the east end of the barns will be decorated and work must be completed by Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

“It gives local businesses, civic organizations, school groups and 4-H groups to get a chance to promote their business while doing something for the community that’s fun,” said Collins. “We’ve had a lot of people who decorated last year return this year and a few new people signed up, so we have a few barns left. It’s just a great way to add a little cheer to a year that hasn’t been that great.”

Interested participants may contact Brenda Hunt at or by phone 304-645-1090.

Don’t forget to visit the State Fair’s Facebook page to cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” award and help the winning entry receive a selection of State Fair merchandise!

The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million dollar statewide economic impact, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. The 96th annual State Fair of West Virginia is a 10-day event scheduled for August 12-21, 2020. For more information, please visit

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