As always, there will be livestock judging, horse shows, competitive exhibits, agricultural education, food vendors, concerts and carnival rides. Additional attractions and activities include strongman competition, comedic hypnotist, All American Stunt and Thrill Show, Swifty Swine Pig Races, First Bite (tank fishing), Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show, Moo-U, Dairy Birthing Center, Heritage Village, harness racing and draft horse pull. Local and national entertainers will appear nightly.
For the complete schedule or additional information, visit www.statefairofwv.com or call 304-645-1090. To purchase tickets, call 800-514-3849.
HILLSBORO, W.Va. -- Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro is holding its Reggae SunFest at 2 p.m. Aug. 10.
Three bands will perform, including Shawn Owen's band from Annapolis, Md. Owen is a Pocahontas County native and snowboarder-turned-songwriter. Other groups include Lazy Man Dub Band from Roanoke, Va., and I-Vibes Original from St. Augustine, Fla.
Visit www.prettypennyfood.com for tickets.
Brew Skies Festival
THOMAS, W.Va. -- The Brew Skies Festival, dedicated to great music and West Virginia craft beers, is scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Mountain State Brewing Co., in Thomas, organizes the family-friendly festival, which includes beers from a number of microbreweries in West Virginia as well as local, regional and national musical acts.
Highlighted performers include Baltimore's J. Roddy Walston & The Business; the soulful Luella & The Sun from Nashville, Tenn.; and Alabama-based singer-songwriter Grayson Capps.
Music will go from 3 p.m. to midnight Aug. 9 and 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 10.
Tickets for the entire weekend of music are $50; $30 for a one-day pass. Tickets can be ordered in advance for $40. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.brewskiesfestival.com or call 304-463-4500.
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- Snowshoe Mountain Resort is host to two major food and music festivals this month.
Its annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival is Aug. 9 and 10. Entertainment on the village stage starts at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10. Bands include Fat Daddy's Blues Band, Dennis Grueling, Doug Grueling and the Jewel Tones and the Rusty Wright Band.
Tickets cost $30.
The Taste of the Mountain Food, Wine and Jazz Festival takes place Aug. 16 and 17. The event begins with a champagne and dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16.
A wine seminar and grand tasting is set for Aug. 17. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jimmy Masters Quartet, Shane Meade and the Sound, and The Mill Street Ramblers. The weekend will close with fireworks.
Tickets cost $20; after Aug. 5, $30. To buy tickets for both events, visit www.snowshoemtn.com.