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The State Fair of  West Virginia is upon us once again! And, wouldn’t you know it, I am reminded of my youth growing up in Iowa where we native Iowans know a thing or two about fairs. According to Country Living Magazine, The Huffington Post, The New York Post and others, The Iowa State Fair is one of the best in the country. I mention this because I encourage you to attend the fair here in the mountain state, but also to consider a vacation to visit another state fair this year.

A state fair is as unique as the state itself; the Alaska state fair looks a little different than the Arizona state fair. Not only that, a state fair also introduces attendees to different cultures, through food, arts and craftsmanship and exhibits. I love all of it!

Pictured above: @BellaGourmetWV at @StateFairWV

One fair worthy of note and close to WV is the Kentucky state fair. It’s held each year from August 17-27 in Louisville. The hotel rooms might be a little more expensive during the fair but if you plan for next year, you should be in good shape. Louisville is only a five hour’s drive this part of the state, so really what’s stopping you? Of course, I want you to explore this amazing country of ours and a state fair is an excellent and fun way to do it!

Have fun in Fairlea my fellow travelers and I’ll see you in line for the cinnamon rolls!

– Erik Hastings, HashtagWV #92. August 2017. Learn more about Erik, the #1 voice in travel advice on social media, at


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HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.