Commissioner of Agriculture Releases Statement Regarding Cancellation of the State Fair of WV

Charleston W.Va. — Following the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair of West Virginia, Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt released the following statement:

“It is disappointing there will be no State Fair of West Virginia this year, but we understand the circumstances that led to decision the Fair Board made. The fair brings an economic boost to the region, is a showcase for our in-state producers and a vital part of our agricultural education. We will surely miss it this year.”

“I have directed my staff to start working with our partners to ensure FFA and 4-H shows can still operate in some capacity, as well as work with local producers to help market their products. We will do everything in our power to ensure West Virginia agriculture still musters on despite these circumstances.”

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials who sits on the Board of Public Works.