FAIRLEA, W.Va. — Visitors from throughout the state and across the region will make their way to Fairlea today as the 90th edition of the State Fair of West Virginia kicks off.
Vendors, exhibitors, concessionaires and countless others spent Thursday putting the final touches on what fair CEO Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe says will be a great week of fun for all.
“Today’s the day to put the final window dressings up and to make sure everything looks as good as possible,” Pierson-Jolliffe said. “We’re just taking care of a lot of last-minute details.”
Many of those details were tended to by the more than 220 seasonal workers who will man the fair, performing tasks ranging from concert stage help, to stable help, ushers, security guards and ticket-takers.
Two carnival ride inspectors were on site throughout the week ensuring the safety of the midway rides, which offer entertainment for visitors of all ages.
Pierson-Jolliffe said it is those final details that ensure a fun, safe and successful week for all visitors.
Over the next nine days, Pierson-Jolliffe says she expects anywhere from 170,00 to 190,000 people to pass through the fair gates.
For those first visitors who arrive early this morning, however, she has a few tips on how to make the best of the day…