West Virginia University heading south to the West Virginia State Fair, and representatives from the school are eager to celebrate their heritage.

Faculty, staff, students and volunteers will be representing West Virginia University at this year’s State Fair with exhibits, theme days and fair-friendly educational demonstrations.

Keeping with the fair’s theme of “Genuine Homegrown Fun,” the WVU Extension Service will be host to a variety of activities displaying how the school has been “A homegrown tradition since 1867.”

Each day the WVU building will have a theme, starting with Family Fun Friday on Aug. 13.

Several of the theme days will reflect popular activities and programs at the university. International “One WVU” Day (Aug. 18) will give patrons the chance to learn about programs and services beyond the state, and Gold and Blue Day (Aug. 19) will be a time to celebrate the state and encourage students to attend its largest land-grant university.

There will also be a day devoted to honoring military members (“Salute to Service” day, Aug. 15) with exhibits promoting community outreach and helping kids affected by deployment.

Other theme days will center on 4-H (Aug. 14), health and nutrition (Aug. 17), energy (Aug. 16) and West Virginia heritage (Aug. 21).

Fairgoers will also have the chance to stand in the place of a typical WVU student.

The “Put Yourself in the Pride” exhibit will feature a number of band uniforms worn by the Pride of West Virginia. Members of the public will have the rare opportunity to don the uniform and get a feel for what it’s like to be a member of WVU’s award-winning marching band.

WVU will also have backgrounds and props from well-known spots around Morgantown at the State Fair booth. Attendees can snap photos of themselves riding the PRT or standing in front of Woodburn Hall without even leaving the fairgrounds.

The fair is held in the town of Fairlea, near Lewisburg, in Greenbrier County. For more information on the fair, and to watch via the Fair cam, go to http://ext.wvu.edu/state_fair.

The West Virginia University Extension Service provides educational and outreach programs in all of the state’s 55 counties. To learn more about Extension, visit www.ext.wvu.edu .



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