Get ready, it’s Taylor County Fair time!

TAYLOR COUNTY—Are you ready to feel the rush from carnival rides, smell the tasty aromas of fair foods, hear the engines roar on the dirt track and take in the sights and sounds of the Taylor County Fair? You’re in luck, because it’s fair time!

For over 70 years, the Taylor County Fair has been amusing guests with various outlets of fun and entertainment.

The Taylor County Fair Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization which has provided education and entertainment to the county for many decades, and this year’s fair is sure to be a hit.

Whether you are a thrill seeker, daring enough to take on the carnival rides or a gamesman hoping to bring home the biggest and best prize, the fair has something for everyone.

From delicious, sweet and savory carnival food, to exhibits, vendors, livestock and live performances, the Taylor County Fair is sure to draw in a crowd.

Down on the action sports track, join spectators as they take in a Taylor County Fair favored tradition—the annual demolition derby, on Thursday, August 16, as drivers from around the state and beyond travel to the track to take home the championship title.

Registration begins at 4:00 p.m., and the engines will fire up for the main event at 7:00 p.m.

The fair’s dirt track also hosts their annual ATV Races.

Dirt bike and four-wheeler riders compete against one another to see who’s machine reigns supreme during the event. ATV enthusiast are sure to get a thrill, as the smell of ATV exhaust fills the air.

You will not want to miss this fan favorite that will take place on Friday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m.

If you are at the fair on Saturday, don’t miss out on the annual Stock Truck Pulls, which will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This event puts trucks and drivers to the test to see who has the toughest rig around. Diesel smoke fills the air, engines rumble and the crowd roars, as they cheer on their favorite truck.

Automotive entertainment not your thing? Have no fear! The Taylor County Fair offers a wide variety of live music and entertainment.

This year, the fair board will bring you the rockabilly stylings of Ryan Cain & The Ables on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

North Central WV fan favorite, DBI will take the stage on Thursday at 9:00 p.m., but before that show, be sure to check out Jake Ujhelyi’s covers of some of America’s biggest Southern Rock ‘n Roll and Blues artists at 7:00 p.m.

Then, on Saturday at 8:00 p.m., head to the stage to hear Taylor County’s own Taylor Made, as the three siblings get set to offer some of the best country music around.

Be sure to keep a keen eye on magician Jay Mattioli, as he thrills fair goers with his electrifying magic. He will be performing throughout the week, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in the excitement.

The fun doesn’t stop there, as guests are encouraged to test their knowledge and skill during the KidBucks Game show, where little kids win big. Shows will be occurring throughout the week, with varying times.

Come on out to see a good old fashion smackdown, during the fair’s live pro wrestling event, featuring many American Pro Wrestling Alliance superstars.

The event is sure to pack in a crowd, so be sure to grab your seat early. Wrestlers will hit the ring on 8:00 p.m., on Friday, so there will be plenty of time for fairgoers to enjoy other festivities beforehand.

This year’s fair will also play host to blacksmithing demonstrations by Clark Freeman of The Broken Anvil, woodcarving by Joe King and McKiblerbees Mobile Mining Unit, where guests will get to pan the old fashion way for treasures.

The fair just wouldn’t be the fair without the annual livestock shows. Be sure to head to the barn on Wednesday, August 15, to join swine enthusiasts for the Market Hog Show, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Here, attendees will see some of the area’s best-looking pigs, as the youth’s parade them around the show ring, providing the judges and potential buyers to perfect opportunity to take in the animals’ physiques.

Join the Taylor County Fair Board for the Market Steer, Lamb and Goat Show on Thursday, August 16, at 6:00 p.m., where hopeful youth’s will take turns showing their prized possessions. Again, those wishing to purchase any of these animals won’t want to miss this spectacular display of barnyard beauty.

On Friday, 7:00 p.m., livestock participants of the Open Show invite you down to see their hard work and dedication pay off as they present their animals.

Then, on Saturday, August 18, the annual 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Livestock sale will take place. Be sure to make your way to the livestock barn early to eye your prize before you buy.

As always, Gambill Amusements will be set up with fun, family friendly carnival rides and games during the week-long fair.

With so many fun and exciting things to do, you won’t want to miss this year’s Taylor County Fair, where there’s family fun for everyone!

Be sure to check out the Taylor County Fair’s website,, for more up-to-date information and a complete schedule of events.

The official Taylor County Fair programs were inserted into Wednesday’s edition of the Mountain Statesman, so be sure to get a copy today, to learn about all the exciting events that await you at this year’s fair.

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