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With the COVID-19 pandemic in full affect across the United States, and the President banning all mass gatherings over 10 people, until at least April 30, we have been receiving phone calls and emails from our members with questions.

There will be more information coming from us, and many other sources, over the coming months, so we have started this page as a directory for the information and updates that will be available for our members throughout the coming months. The look of this page will change over time, so check back often.


2021 WVAFF Queen Eligibility Questionsuse this link
This information concerning eligibility is as of 4/15/2020


Coronavirus News and Resources below:

Changes and cancellations for those that have notified us
Government informational links
Useful Links from around the web
Instagram hashtag posts #wvaffstrong
Twitter hashtag posts #wvaffstrong


What will be waiting on the other side of all of this is uncertain. The only certainty we have now, is that we know – as West Virginians – we will get through this – together.

As we wait out the storm that COVID-19 has brought, we hope that each of you will stay in touch with your fans and your communities. It can be as simple as updating your social media accounts with important information for your area; or by having your Queen do an uplifting social media post with the hashtags #wvaffstrong and or #fairstrong. Let folks know that your organization is still here.


WV Department of HHR
WV Hospitality and Travel Association
Coronavirus FAQ
CDC Coronavirus Index
Small Business Guide to the CARES Act
State Quarantine and Isolation Statutes
Clean and Disinfecting for Community Facilities


Useful Links:

WV Public Broadcasting:
Coronavirus in West Virginia
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
Beckers Hospital Review
When will COVID-19 peak?
Ars Technica
Comprehensive Guide to Coronavirus
Carnival Warehouse:
Carnival Warehouse recommendations of what fairs and festivals, should be doing.
COVID19 and Future of Our Events



The information below is as of 4/15/2020
2021 WVAFF Queen Eligibility

During this time of uncertainty, we’d like to extend our help in any way that we can. We have received numerous phone calls and emails regarding your queen’s eligibility and the “what ifs?”

In terms of your Queen’s eligibility, please find the following updates:

1. If you were able to hold a pageant this year, but your 2020 event is cancelled

  • Your queen will still be eligible to participate in the pageant IF you plan to host an eligible event next year (2021). This will NOT apply to events that will no longer have an event. NOTE: This is a one-time exemption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. If you were unable to have a 2020 pageant

  • If you are unable to have a 2020 pageant, you will be able to send the representative from your previous pageant; or have your Board of Directors appoint someone. ALL WVAFF eligibility requirements must still be met.

Please remember, that each local pageant that is conducted by the Fairs and Festivals that are member events of our Association, is independently produced under the direction of the Fair or Festival itself. While the West Virginia Association of Fairs & Festivals does accept eligible representatives from these Fairs and Festivals, who are in good standing, as contestants in the state pageant, we have no control over the local pageants themselves.

Sincerely,
WVAFF Board of Directors


Each of our fairs and festivals are vital to our communities, and when this is over, they will need our help just as much as we will need them. The economic boost is the first thing that comes to mind, but maybe more importantly is the social value. We provide a location for families and friends to come together to make memories and to have fun – something that they may not get to do for many weeks to come.

Updates on Fairs and Festivals that we have received:

Any changes to Events that we receive will be listed below:

  • Calhoun County Wood Festival
  • Postponing the 58th Annual Wood Festival until 2021
  • Clendenin Homecoming Festival
  • Clendenin Homecoming Festival and all Pageants are cancelled for 2020
  • Marmet Festival Days Pageant
  • Original Date: April 3-4, 2020
  • Re-scheduled Date: TBA
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival Pageant
  • Re-scheduled to May 3rd, 2020
  • Putnam County Fair Queen Pageants
  • Postponed to June 14th
  • Rhododendron Festival
  • May 9 – 30, 2020, Subject to Change
  • Richwood Ramp Festival
  • Event Date: Cancelled for 2020
  • Summersville Lighthouse Festival
  • Summersville Lighthouse Festival scheduled for 2020 has been canceled
  • Summersville Lighthouse Festival Pageant for 2020 postponed until further notice
  • Webster County Woodchopping Festival
  • Suspended for 2020
  • Elimination Dinner – postponed – possibility of re-scheduling
  • Woof Fest
  • Event Date: Rescheduled for October 18, 2020
  • WV Chocolate Festival
  • Events postponed until May 16
  • WV Memorial Day Parade
  • The 153rd annual West Virginia Memorial Day parade has been cancelled. This event was to take place on Memorial Day, May 25th, 2020. West Virginia Memorial Day Committee is planning a non-public observance on Memorial Day.  In the event State mandates are lifted, for social gatherings, the public may be notified about the committee’s contingency plans.
  • WV Strawberry Festival
  • Has postponed the Queens Pageants this weekend (March 21 & 22)
  • The Board of Directors has voted to to postpone all activities and events related to the 79th WV Strawberry Festival to May 2021
  • WV Sweetheart Festival
  • Original Date: April 4, 2020
  • Re-scheduled Date: May 9, 2020
  • WV Three Rivers Festival
  • Re-scheduled Date: June 11-13, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts for us to hear about the c It is with heavy hearts for us to hear about the cancellation of the 2020 Calgary Stampede and K-Days. Although it’s a tough pill to swallow, we know these events made the right decision. During these tough times we think of all the family run businesses who depend on these shows to support their families. We think of the countless students and individuals employed at these events that depend not only financially but also for a much needed get away from their daily lives. We think of all of the families that attend these shows, from near and far, that looked forward to the magic (and CARBS) they bring. We will miss seeing all of the people who have become a second family to us. 
On the bright side, these family run businesses are run by some of the most resilient individuals we have ever met. The fair business is ever changing and in order to survive we’ve all learned how to roll with the punches. We will take this time to make sure the summer of 2021 is an even BETTER and MORE EXCITING experience for all of you. 
In the meantime, take care of yourselves and others. Stay happy and healthy and we will meet you in 2021 with open arms to fill all of your sugary and caffeinated needs. 💙 #fairstrong #calgarystampede #kdays

It is with heavy hearts for us to hear about the cancellation of the 2020 Calgary Stampede and K-Days. Although it’s a tough pill to swallow, we know these events made the right decision. During these tough times we think of all the family run businesses who depend on these shows to support their families. We think of the countless students and individuals employed at these events that depend not only financially but also for a much needed get away from their daily lives. We think of all of the families that attend these shows, from near and far, that looked forward to the magic (and CARBS) they bring. We will miss seeing all of the people who have become a second family to us.
On the bright side, these family run businesses are run by some of the most resilient individuals we have ever met. The fair business is ever changing and in order to survive we’ve all learned how to roll with the punches. We will take this time to make sure the summer of 2021 is an even BETTER and MORE EXCITING experience for all of you.
In the meantime, take care of yourselves and others. Stay happy and healthy and we will meet you in 2021 with open arms to fill all of your sugary and caffeinated needs. 💙 #fairstrong #calgarystampede #kdays
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...and just like that the sun came out. #gcffy #M ...and just like that the sun came out.  #gcffy #MichiganFairs #FairStrong

...and just like that the sun came out. #gcffy #MichiganFairs #FairStrong ...

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Beautiful blue skies over the Fairgrounds today! Beautiful blue skies over the Fairgrounds today! 
Just kinda makes you smile! 🙂🌞
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86 days until Fair!
#fairstrong #myWCFair #warrencounty #countyfair #fairgrounds

Beautiful blue skies over the Fairgrounds today!
Just kinda makes you smile! 🙂🌞
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86 days until Fair!
#fairstrong #myWCFair #warrencounty #countyfair #fairgrounds
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Fair Fact Friday! Did you know there are 25 4-H cl Fair Fact Friday! Did you know there are 25 4-H clubs, 7 FFA Chapters and 6 Rock County School booths represented at the Rock County 4-H Fair.  #fairstrong

Fair Fact Friday! Did you know there are 25 4-H clubs, 7 FFA Chapters and 6 Rock County School booths represented at the Rock County 4-H Fair. #fairstrong ...

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Crazzzzzy times #covid_19 #sudsyshandwash #washyou Crazzzzzy times #covid_19 #sudsyshandwash #washyourhands #fusiontalentgroup #fairstrong

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#FairStrong 4-H Style 😎🍀 #NISFairFUN . . . . #FairStrong 4-H Style 😎🍀 #NISFairFUN .
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Looky there!! Our team did a great job on this pat Looky there!! Our team did a great job on this path. We can’t wait to see you all walking down it later this summer! ☀️ ❤️
#FairStrong northidahostatefair

Looky there!! Our team did a great job on this path. We can’t wait to see you all walking down it later this summer! ☀️ ❤️
#FairStrong northidahostatefair
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We are thankful to our #WilcoFair sponsors who are We are thankful to our #WilcoFair sponsors who are continuing to operate and safely meet the needs of our community! franklinsynergybank remains open to assist its customers. Check your local branch for hours and available services. #sponsorspotlight #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses

We are thankful to our #WilcoFair sponsors who are continuing to operate and safely meet the needs of our community! franklinsynergybank remains open to assist its customers. Check your local branch for hours and available services. #sponsorspotlight #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses ...

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We expect to have the 2020 Spokane County Intersta We expect to have the 2020 Spokane County Interstate Fair from September 11-20, 2020. Save the date and plan to attend the Fair!

#FairStrong
#InlandStrong

We expect to have the 2020 Spokane County Interstate Fair from September 11-20, 2020. Save the date and plan to attend the Fair!

#FairStrong
#InlandStrong
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Longtime #WilcoFair supporter and sponsor of our L Longtime #WilcoFair supporter and sponsor of our Livestock Village tractorsupply is offering curbside pickup and increased inventory of essential items for your homes, land and animals. Order online or give your local store a call! #sponsorspotlight #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses

Longtime #WilcoFair supporter and sponsor of our Livestock Village tractorsupply is offering curbside pickup and increased inventory of essential items for your homes, land and animals. Order online or give your local store a call! #sponsorspotlight #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses ...

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Today the Fair teamed up with 25 Palm Beach County Today the Fair teamed up with 25 Palm Beach County nonprofit, educational and governmental agencies that are part of RISE — Resources In Science Education — for a virtual celebration. Each organization is presenting at least one Earth Day activity as well as a list of resources, including virtual tours. The fair is offering instructions on how to make a living seed necklace, an activity that will teach participants about germination. #PBCEarthDay #FairStrong

Today the Fair teamed up with 25 Palm Beach County nonprofit, educational and governmental agencies that are part of RISE — Resources In Science Education — for a virtual celebration. Each organization is presenting at least one Earth Day activity as well as a list of resources, including virtual tours. The fair is offering instructions on how to make a living seed necklace, an activity that will teach participants about germination. #PBCEarthDay #FairStrong ...

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No surprise here!! Cheese Curds for the win!! We h No surprise here!! Cheese Curds for the win!! We had 731 votes in our fair foods survey!  We also had many great shout outs to our wonderful vendors including:

Farm Bureau
Billie's Baked Potato
Rock County Dairy Trailer
Rock County Pork Producers
St. John Vianney
and many others.
#Fairstrong

No surprise here!! Cheese Curds for the win!! We had 731 votes in our fair foods survey! We also had many great shout outs to our wonderful vendors including:

Farm Bureau
Billie's Baked Potato
Rock County Dairy Trailer
Rock County Pork Producers
St. John Vianney
and many others.
#Fairstrong
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If you're using this time to tackle a few projects If you're using this time to tackle a few projects around the house, please consider supporting our friends at homedepot!🔨 Buy online and select curbside pickup in Franklin! #sponsorspotlight #WilcoFair #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses

If you're using this time to tackle a few projects around the house, please consider supporting our friends at homedepot!🔨 Buy online and select curbside pickup in Franklin! #sponsorspotlight #WilcoFair #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses ...

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#fairstrong Which female animal is called a ewe? # #fairstrong Which female animal is called a ewe? #triviatuesday #farmanimals join us on Facebook for more fun quizzes.

#fairstrong Which female animal is called a ewe? #triviatuesday #farmanimals join us on Facebook for more fun quizzes. ...

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Do you know a young lady who would make a great fa Do you know a young lady who would make a great fair queen? Nominate her! Call the fair office 641-456-2049 by April 30th. #FairStrong #queennomination #askjennie #franklincountyfair

Do you know a young lady who would make a great fair queen? Nominate her! Call the fair office 641-456-2049 by April 30th. #FairStrong #queennomination #askjennie #franklincountyfair ...

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Looking to make a move? Buying or selling, #WilcoF Looking to make a move? Buying or selling, #WilcoFair sponsor McArthur Sanders Real Estate and their team of local experts are here for your residential, commercial and land real estate needs! #sponsorspotlight #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses

Looking to make a move? Buying or selling, #WilcoFair sponsor McArthur Sanders Real Estate and their team of local experts are here for your residential, commercial and land real estate needs! #sponsorspotlight #FairStrong #supportlocalbusinesses ...

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WV Strong - The Comeback! Governor Justice announces that following THREE consecutive days of COVID-19 testing % positive in WV at less than 3%, the plan to reopen West Virginia will commence. No timeline for large events (25 people or more) yet - but it's a start! #WVAFFStrong #FairStrong ... See MoreSee Less

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Exciting Good News for a change!!

Let’s put our toes out in the water and see how this goes. 😄

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