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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
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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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There are many beauty & wellness packages to bid on during the Fresno County Historical Museum Online Fundraiser! Place your bids NOW on different packages by Dr. Macias such as Botox Injections, Coolsculpting Treatment, Vivace Radio-Frequency Micro-Needling Treatment, Laser Hair Removal or Kybella Treatment. Place your bids NOW until Fri, 10/2 at 11:59 p.m. for your chance to have the winning bid!

To bid on these packages and other items >> http://bit.ly/FCHMFundraiser20.

The Fresno County Historical Museum Online Fundraiser supports operations of the award-winning museum so it can be enjoyed by generations to come!
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We are getting ready for our last weekend of Taste We are getting ready for our last weekend of Taste of the Fair. Come see us to get your fair food fix. #fairfoodisamust  #tasteofthefair #northgeorgiastatefair #fairstrong 
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We didn’t want to wait until next October so...S We didn’t want to wait until next October so...Surprise!! What better way to kick off October than by celebrating with a Fair Food Announcement! We are proud to announce that we are hosting “Flavors of the Fair!” Beginning October 15-18 and AGAIN November 5-8! During this time you will be able to enjoy some of your Fair Favorites here at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter!! This event is open to the public and everyone is invited! We can’t wait to announce who our food vendors are for this year’s celebration, so stay tuned! Can anyone guess who will be coming?! Start making your plans now, you’re NOT going to want to miss this! #theshowgoeson #flavorsofthefair #gnf2020 #fairstrong #fairfood

We didn’t want to wait until next October so...Surprise!! What better way to kick off October than by celebrating with a Fair Food Announcement! We are proud to announce that we are hosting “Flavors of the Fair!” Beginning October 15-18 and AGAIN November 5-8! During this time you will be able to enjoy some of your Fair Favorites here at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter!! This event is open to the public and everyone is invited! We can’t wait to announce who our food vendors are for this year’s celebration, so stay tuned! Can anyone guess who will be coming?! Start making your plans now, you’re NOT going to want to miss this! #theshowgoeson #flavorsofthefair #gnf2020 #fairstrong #fairfood ...

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Want to get your Fair Food Fix AND get through the Want to get your Fair Food Fix AND get through the lines faster? Purchase your Fast Pass available at participating SaveMart and FoodMaxx locations beginning TODAY through Sun, 10/18! Cost is $50 and all sales support the Friends of the Big Fresno Fair, the Fair’s 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Foundation to support the overall Fairgrounds operations. 

Get your stretchy pants ready because our Drive-Thru Eats presented by ToyotaUSA is just around the corner! Drive-Thru Eats begins Fri, 10/9 through Sun, 10/18 and will feature 18 Fair food booths, vendor booths, popular Fair entertainers and music, plus virtual features! Weekday hours are Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and weekend hours are Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. This event is free to attend!  For more details, visit www.FresnoFair.com/Drive-Thru-Eats.
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Want to get your Fair Food Fix AND get through the lines faster? Purchase your Fast Pass available at participating SaveMart and FoodMaxx locations beginning TODAY through Sun, 10/18! Cost is $50 and all sales support the Friends of the Big Fresno Fair, the Fair’s 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Foundation to support the overall Fairgrounds operations.

Get your stretchy pants ready because our Drive-Thru Eats presented by ToyotaUSA is just around the corner! Drive-Thru Eats begins Fri, 10/9 through Sun, 10/18 and will feature 18 Fair food booths, vendor booths, popular Fair entertainers and music, plus virtual features! Weekday hours are Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and weekend hours are Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. This event is free to attend! For more details, visit http://www.FresnoFair.com/Drive-Thru-Eats.
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Who will win the Triple Crown during the Preakness Who will win the Triple Crown during the PreaknessStakes? Join us at our Satellite Wagering Facility to watch and wager! Join us on Sat, 10/3 at the Fresno Fairgrounds Starting Gate to join in on the celebration. Gates open at 7:30 a.m.

Here’s what you need to know before heading to The Starting Gate:
•  Price is $5 for entry.
•  Reservations begin Wed, 9/23 and are required; reservations must be made in person and paid for at the time they are made.
•  115 person capacity; 1 guest per table ONLY!
•  If all tables are reserved, you can still place your bets then leave.
•  A food truck will be available on site to offer food and beverage.
•  All patrons must follow health and safety guidelines or risk ejection.

To see our COVID-19 guidelines, visit >> http://bit.ly/HorseRacing20. For daily racing forms and all other horse racing inquiries, please contact Ruben Gastelo at (559) 993-3105 or (559) 916-7964.
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Who will win the Triple Crown during the PreaknessStakes? Join us at our Satellite Wagering Facility to watch and wager! Join us on Sat, 10/3 at the Fresno Fairgrounds Starting Gate to join in on the celebration. Gates open at 7:30 a.m.

Here’s what you need to know before heading to The Starting Gate:
• Price is $5 for entry.
• Reservations begin Wed, 9/23 and are required; reservations must be made in person and paid for at the time they are made.
• 115 person capacity; 1 guest per table ONLY!
• If all tables are reserved, you can still place your bets then leave.
• A food truck will be available on site to offer food and beverage.
• All patrons must follow health and safety guidelines or risk ejection.

To see our COVID-19 guidelines, visit >> http://bit.ly/HorseRacing20. For daily racing forms and all other horse racing inquiries, please contact Ruben Gastelo at (559) 993-3105 or (559) 916-7964.
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Join us in welcoming back horseandguitarguy this Join us in welcoming back horseandguitarguy  this weekend at Taste of the Fair. Scott will be performing live both Friday and Saturday from 4-8 pm. See you this weekend. #fairfoodisamust #fairstrong #livemusic #mustministries #superiorplumbing

Join us in welcoming back horseandguitarguy this weekend at Taste of the Fair. Scott will be performing live both Friday and Saturday from 4-8 pm. See you this weekend. #fairfoodisamust #fairstrong #livemusic #mustministries #superiorplumbing ...

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Save money while you help save lives! Donate blood Save money while you help save lives! Donate blood at any CenCABloodCenter donor center or mobile drive NOW through Sat, 10/3. Once you donate you will receive a ticket good for $3 off your Fair food purchase at Drive-Thru Eats! Find out where you can donate here >> www.donateblood.org.

Mark your calendars for our Drive-Thru Eats presented by ToyotaUSA, 10/9 – 10/18! Weekday hours are Mon – Thurs, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and weekend hours are Fri – Sun, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. This event is FREE to attend! To get the scoop, visit our website here >> www.FresnoFair.com/drive-thru-eats.
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Save money while you help save lives! Donate blood at any CenCABloodCenter donor center or mobile drive NOW through Sat, 10/3. Once you donate you will receive a ticket good for $3 off your Fair food purchase at Drive-Thru Eats! Find out where you can donate here >> http://www.donateblood.org.

Mark your calendars for our Drive-Thru Eats presented by ToyotaUSA, 10/9 – 10/18! Weekday hours are Mon – Thurs, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and weekend hours are Fri – Sun, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. This event is FREE to attend! To get the scoop, visit our website here >> http://www.FresnoFair.com/drive-thru-eats.
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We are thankful for partners like iamgeorgiagrown We are thankful for partners like iamgeorgiagrown who support our farmers during these challenging times. Their passion of bringing farmers and communities together is one of the reasons why we are grateful for their partnership. God Bless our farmers and God Bless the great State of Georgia! #georgiagrown #farmersfirst #fairstrong #gnflivestockshow #thankyou

We are thankful for partners like iamgeorgiagrown who support our farmers during these challenging times. Their passion of bringing farmers and communities together is one of the reasons why we are grateful for their partnership. God Bless our farmers and God Bless the great State of Georgia! #georgiagrown #farmersfirst #fairstrong #gnflivestockshow #thankyou ...

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Funnel Cakes will be on the menu again this weeken Funnel Cakes will be on the menu again this weekend at Taste of the Fair. Help us help mustministries by bringing 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive a ticket to the 2021 superiorplumbing Presents North Georgia State Fair. #fairfood #fairstrong #fairfoodisamust #northgeorgiastatefair #tasteofthefair

Funnel Cakes will be on the menu again this weekend at Taste of the Fair. Help us help mustministries by bringing 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive a ticket to the 2021 superiorplumbing Presents North Georgia State Fair. #fairfood #fairstrong #fairfoodisamust #northgeorgiastatefair #tasteofthefair ...

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Over the last month we have featured 23 northffa m Over the last month we have featured 23 northffa members that have been working hard to raise livestock projects for the kerncountyfair virtual show. Are you looking to add some home grown meat to your freezer? Interested in supporting student projects? Sign up to participate in the virtual auction today! We would love to connect you with our incredible young adults that are still looking for potential buyers. We can also help to answer any questions you might have! #FairStrong

Over the last month we have featured 23 northffa members that have been working hard to raise livestock projects for the kerncountyfair virtual show. Are you looking to add some home grown meat to your freezer? Interested in supporting student projects? Sign up to participate in the virtual auction today! We would love to connect you with our incredible young adults that are still looking for potential buyers. We can also help to answer any questions you might have! #FairStrong ...

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A word from our friends at gafarmbureau! We thank A word from our friends at gafarmbureau! We thank you for giving our famers a voice and for always "Ag-ovcating" for the industry we are all so passionate about! What great leaders we have here in Georgia! #theshowgoeson #ifarmivote  #gfb #fairstrong #gnflivestockshow #thankyou

A word from our friends at gafarmbureau! We thank you for giving our famers a voice and for always "Ag-ovcating" for the industry we are all so passionate about! What great leaders we have here in Georgia! #theshowgoeson #ifarmivote #gfb #fairstrong #gnflivestockshow #thankyou ...

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