"It's great visually because the harness racing barns line the 219 highway."
They now put the word out annually for participants. They take the first 10 groups who call. "We've had 4H groups, church groups -- we have more group affiliations than individuals. It has been a good community event."
There are three top prizes ($300, $200 and $100) and people can vote on a People's Choice favorite by voting on the State Fair's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/statefairofwv.
The participants provide their own materials, and there are no limits on what they can pour into their efforts.
It's worth making the trip to see the show, Pierson-Joliffe said. "For folks who may not live in the Lewisburg area, if they find themselves driving through, it's worth the three-mile trip around to Fairlea to see the barns."
Groups participating this year include State Fair of West Virginia, H&H Developers, Ronceverte Lions Club, 2nd Look Thrift & Gift Store, Greenbrier Roller Vixens, WV Waggin' Tails 4-H Club, Jim's Drive In "Cruisin for a Cure" Relay Team (for the American Cancer Society), Greenbrier East High School engineering class, Lewisburg Longhorns 4-H Club and Brooks Family Show Pigs.
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.