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 Questions – use this link This information concerning eligibility is as of 4/15/2020
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.
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
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
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
Melt the snow off your sleighs and gather up your reindeer and head to our first-ever Big Fresno Fair’s Holiday Fantasy of Light Show presented by valleychildrens and outfrontmediaUSA, Thurs, 12/3– Sun, 1/3! Drive through a Winter Wonderland of 450 holiday light displays while you enjoy Christmas music, hot cocoa and more! Hours are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Tickets prices are $20 per vehicle Monday – Thursday and $25 Friday – Sunday. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as they go up $5 at the gate!
Here’s how you can buy your tickets…purchase them at http://www.FresnoFair.com/HolidayLights, at the Fair’s Box Office located at 1121 S. Chance Ave. Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., or at the gate (please note, sales are CASH ONLY at the gate.)
Receive a $5 off voucher that was given at Drive-Thru Eats? Purchase your tickets at the Box Office only to redeem!
Want to learn more? Visit our website at http://www.FresnoFair.com >> Things To Do >> Fantasy of Lights
#BigFresnoFair #FresnoFair #FresnoFairgrounds #BigTimesAreBack #WeAreHere #FairStrong #FantasyofLights #HolidayLightShow #christmasfun #holidayactivities #lightasmic...
The other day I had the opportunity to volunteer ...
The other day I had the opportunity to volunteer at the United Mission located in Charleston, West Virginia alongside these lovely ladies! We bagged up canned goods to be distributed for thanksgiving. It is such a good feeling to see people come together to help out.💖
10 years ago... I was a little girl with big bows and even bigger sheep. I travelled all over to get new lambs and exhibit them. I loved showing lambs that were truly mine. My family had raised sheep and been involved in agriculture my entire life.
5 years ago... I started my first heifer project with a Beefmaster. It was a major shift from sheep to cattle because everything is so different. But I quickly fell in love with showing and raising cattle.
Over the last 10 years I have learned so many things about myself and the people I surround myself with. I have made some of my very best friends through stock shows not to mention the valuable lessons I have also gained.
I have learned kindness and hard work shine so much brighter than the best animal in the barn. The heart of the showman and the work put in sets them apart. I have learned the true meaning of responsibility and caring for something so much. I have learned resilience from the loosing the favorite animal and the rewarding side of raising new stock that is even better. Growing up showing animals has molded me into the person I am today and I am so thankful for the many things I have gained along the way!
There are certain tastes and smells that remind ...
There are certain tastes and smells that remind you of important events in your life. For me, those tastes and smells include freshly placed pine shavings, and of course, funnel cake. Every time I encounter these tastes and smells, my mind immediately wanders to memories of livestock shows and fairs. While buckles and banners are fun to win at stock shows, it is a very small portion of what exhibitors remember. For me, the most memorable parts of stock shows are the memories that are made with the most genuine people. Stock shows have also taught me lessons such as patience, hard work, as well as many industry specific lessons such as animal selection which will help me once I have my very own Angus herd. From halter breaking to feeding, I will carry these valuable lessons with me throughout my life.
When these memorable shows were suddenly cancelled in early 2020, exhibitors around Texas felt the loss of not only monetary compensation, but the chance to make memories that should have lasted a lifetime. It goes without saying that 2020 has not turned out how any of us have expected. However, thanks to the generous time and effort put forth by many volunteers at shows around the state, we have been able to create more memories and stories that we will definitely be telling for many years to come. Thank you to everyone that has worked tirelessly to give Texas exhibitors a chance to obtain some normalcy this year. As Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said in a recent article, “By raising and showing livestock, they (exhibitors) see the agriculture industry from the inside out, and learn valuable life skills about hard work, perseverance and striving for success.” Thank y’all for seeing our passion for agriculture and believing in our abilities to remain healthy and safe during this pandemic. Although we all know that the next few months will not be normal, because of the hard work of countless volunteers, I will be able to make new memories complete with funnel cake, and the smell of fresh shavings.
During this season of thanksgiving, I am thankful ...
During this season of thanksgiving, I am thankful for the livestock projects and shows that I have had opportunity to participate in through our county fairs. I submit my thoughts with humble gratitude for all those who make these shows possible for students like myself.
The work and discipline that it takes to bring a livestock project from the beginning stages to the show ring have benefitted me in my academics, peer relationships and work ethic. My personal growth and knowledge of financial responsibility, organization, and planning skills have increased and are a regular part of my daily life. I have also been blessed through the relationships of many peers from other schools, organizations, buyers, leaders, judges and others. I have learned to be a better communicator and listener. I have learned that teamwork matters. I have learned the value of good sportsmanship, helping others, and respecting the rulings of judges and those in authority.
I know the feeling of exhaustion that comes from working countless hours in the barn, but I’ve also experienced the joy of those hours paying off. To my own surprise, I have developed a passion that I am planning to follow into my college days and through the years ahead. All of this is thanks to the opportunities that have been afforded me through my local FFA chapter and the projects that have been made available to me. I have learned that competition done with passion and integrity brings its own reward. #FairStrong...
I am extremely honored to be apart of the livestock show industry and even more grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me. Throughout my years with this industry, I was able to connect with amazing individuals who share the same passion and love for the livestock show industry. I am more than happy to say that these connections blossomed into friendships that I will cherish forever. If the livestock show industry has taught me anything, it has taught me to become wise, responsible, and patient. I have to credit the livestock show industry for helping me become the person I am today.
Being apart of Texas FFA, it has taught me adversity, responsibility and leadership.
Through the showing experience over the years, no matter the outcome I’ve been shown something good always comes from every result or challenge. First or last place, you gain wisdom for improvement or confidence to keep pressing forward.
FFA has allowed me to help others in my community, chapter, and county teaching me responsibility and allowing me to serve others. From helping younger members, to helping in the show ring as a ringside assistant at local shows has all taught me that when presented with an opportunity to help and teach others it is always worth it and brings joy to all that we do.
FFA has grown my leadership skills over the years and helped me achieve goals that will further help me on my journey after high school going to college. Being in a leadership position in FFA has given me so many memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
It has been a true passion of mine for the last 4 years and I am so grateful to be apart of Texas FFA! #FairStrong...
Participating in livestock shows has changed my life. It has provided me an opportunity to develop a form of discipline I didn’t have an opportunity to exercise before. Working with goats has taught me how to be patient. Every animal is different with a distinct personality, and I have learned to appreciate and adapt to each and every one....
Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
When I first stepped foot into my first agricultural class in high school I was nervous and anxious about what possibilities/”experiments” I would encounter. I have loved every moment from learning more about the industry, advocating and captivating every opportunity that has presented itself to me. Reminding myself that “fear kills more dreams than failure ever will” helped me persevere through each task. While we may thrive or fail in any endeavor, we should never ignore the fact that every experience has an underlying lesson. I started raising market lambs my sophomore year and have been very fortunate to have the success I have had. The agricultural industry has taught me so much as an individual and I am happy to say I have found my passion for my future career within this industry.
These experiences taught me strength, not from winning but from the struggles and hardships I encountered along the way and have helped prepare me for the next level. While raising an animal teaches you responsibility, hard work, determination and time management; my experiences have taught me many other aspects I will continue to grow and carry on in my life. These experiences have taught me communication with adults, industry professionals and breeders as well as advocating for our industry. With time and effort,I have continuously learned about market lambs. With each opportunity presented, it is imperative to be open minded and to learn new skills as it opens your range of versatility.
Lastly, the support of others through each experience is significant. Parents not only support us financially but they are investing in our future and our characteristic development. They watch us learn responsibility, commitment, discipline but they also watch us set and accomplish goals and work with others. Exhibiting livestock projects have given me a solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, compassion and skills that will provide me with several opportunities for my future. Thank you to the fair’s across texas. #fairstrong...
Last chance to buy me more steps! As it stands, I ...
Last chance to buy me more steps! As it stands, I had 11,500 steps to do (works out to 10.2 miles, since IAFE’s 5k was 3,500 steps....math). See next pic for today’s run! I’ve got my current steps covered - if you want to make me run Sunday, I’ll have to have over 20,500 steps.
#fairstrong5k #iafe #fairstrong #longrun
Link in my bio!!...
FFA has changed my life in so many unexpected ways. It has taught me the meaning of family and hard work. The friends I have made in FFA are amazing, the teachers I have worked with are very helpful and actually want to see me succeed. FFA has also boosted my confidence in so many ways, from showing my animal in the show ring to how I feel about myself personally. The people I’ve met throughout my chapter and the National FFA Organization have helped build me into the young women I am today. #fairstrong...
My story began before I even stepped foot into the...
My story began before I even stepped foot into the show ring at my first livestock show. My family has been exhibiting at livestock shows for 4 generations and I am so unbelievably grateful to have been raised in this industry. I have been involved in 4-H for 10 years and FFA for 4 years. Starting out, I did not have the ability to participate in the larger animal projects because my family and I lived inside the city limits. So I raised rabbits, participated in Livestock Judging, Food & Nutrition and Fashion & Interior Design. It wasn’t until 2014 that we moved to a house with land that I could finally begin raising pigs for the Brazos County Youth Livestock Show.
I remember my first pig show like it was yesterday. I had a cross barrow named Andy and my sister had a barrow named Opie (shoutout to The Andy Griffith Show for the name ideas) and we were both fortunate enough to make the sale and I won Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman! I have only grown as a showman and learned more about the swine industry since then!
I have learned to take every opportunity presented to me, and I have the livestock shows of Texas to thank for that. Being involved has influenced my decision to study Agricultural Education at West Texas A&M University and give back to the community that has taught me so much. The passion and love that I have for the agricultural and livestock industries would be mere ideas or thoughts if I did not have a place to educate others, exhibit my projects, or meet people who have had a lasting impact on my life.
These people I’m referring to are my “show family” and they push me to reach my goals and strive for greatness. Without stock shows, I wouldn’t have this amazing family who share the same values and morals I do.
Texas Livestock Shows and my local county show, BCYLS, have given me the childhood that I wish every kid could take advantage of. Thank you for being there for the exhibitors that have already graduated and the generations to come.
Showing isn’t just a hobby it’s a lifestyle....
I can’t explain the opportunities and friendships I’ve made just through my years of FFA! Just being apart of my local Chapter all the way to the National FFA Organization is beyond crazy! Showing has taught me responsibilities as well as being competitive, walking into the showing industry I would have never expected it to be as competitive as it has been but I can’t say I haven’t loved every single bit of it. The experiences from Jackpots and Stock Shows are unforgettable. I am going to miss it so much when I graduate but Thank You to all who have helped me become the young women I am today! Without the support of our major Texas livestock show partners and my Ag teachers I wouldn’t have had the courage to run for chapter officer as well as District 7 office either, I honestly wouldn’t know what I would be doing with my time if it wasn’t for showing and being an officer. I’m excited for the upcoming shows in 2021 and hoping I’ll be able to teach students in the future about agriculture and being that great role model for them as my Ag teachers have been for me.<3 #fairstrong...
I cant even put into words how much I love this. Showing animals and participating in other agricultural opportunities has brought me so much more than anything else in my life. I’ve learned so many lifelong lessons and made friends that will last a lifetime. I will forever remember this time in ag as a stepping stone to what the future holds. I cannot wait to go out with a bang at county! #fairstrong...
It has been a challenging year, but the agricultural industry has held true through it all! I've been showing lambs since the 3rd grade, and through this I've learned countless life lessons that will be priceless as I pursue my dreams. It has been amazing to see how stockshows, fairs, and expos have worked to continue providing opportunities for young people in agricultural to continue to grow and learn. From getting to participate in virtual shows to stepping back in the show ring after a 6 month break, each stockshow experience from this year, and from the past 9 years, has helped shape the person I am. I am forever thankful for the Texas livestock show industry! 💙💛
My name is Bailey Crow. I show livestock because I...
My name is Bailey Crow. I show livestock because I enjoy working and growing an animal into the best product it can be. Participating in this activity, caring for something that is dependent on me, and putting in the work it takes to raise a great example of the species, has shown me the work it takes to be successful in life. I plan on becoming a Diesel Service Technician support the farming / Ag industries in the future and of the future.
Showing livestock has been a huge part of my life since I was big enough to walk. Through all of these years raising market lambs, broilers & hogs I have learned so many things that I will carry with me forever. I’d have to say the biggest thing showing livestock has taught me would be that you get out what you put in.
If you want to be the best, you have to be the hardest worker. This statement has kind of become my motto throughout the past 4-5 years. That being said, Showmanship is my favorite part of showing, and to be good at that you must put in the extra time and effort. Since I was a little kid, I was always told that showmanships are always won at home, never just the day of the show. This inspired me to always work hard at home when nobody is watching. The work ethic this motto has instilled in me is something that will impact my future tremendously. Show animals cant thrive off of a lazy showman, just like a company cant thrive with lazy emoloyees! As someone who loves the showmanship ring, I often find myself becoming a mentor to younger showman in my area because they look up to me and seek my advice, which is so special to me.
My favorite week of the year is the week of the Van Zandt County Fair. During the week of the fair, we get to see students show off their hard work from the past year. From the Livestock Show, Floral Cup, Public Speaking, Ag Mechanics show, Ag Science Fair, Creative Arts, as well as the Rodeo, we are able to see what students have worked so hard for. I know participating in this event each year has truly impacted my journey, as well as so many others. I am incredibly thankful for the businesses and individuals who come together each year during fair week that continue to support young people in agriculture, these people are the ones who continue to keep the fair tradition alive!
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Participating in stock shows and caring for my ...
Participating in stock shows and caring for my animals has taught me responsibility, sportsmanship, showmanship and has given me a strong work ethic from taking care of my goats and working with them everyday. #fairstrong...