Hampshire County Fair: Why You Should Go This Year

The Hampshire County Fair is a key event in Augusta, West Virginia. It offers a range of activities and attractions. The fair will run from July 21-27, 2024.

Here’s why you should visit the Hampshire County Fair this year.

Plenty of Entertainment Available

The Hampshire County Fair offers a wide range of activities. Everyone will find something to enjoy.

Date Event Time Sponsor
Monday, July 22 Queens Pageant 6 p.m. Valley Health Hampshire Memorial Hospital
Tuesday, July 23 Little Prince and Princess Pageants 6:30 p.m. Jolin Concrete Inc. and Buckler Custom Homes
Wednesday, July 24 Ryan Stevenson 7 p.m. L & M Market and Home Town Solutions
Thursday, July 25 Parade 6:30 p.m. (Lineup at 6 p.m.)
Thursday, July 25 Local Talent Show 8 p.m. A&W Wireless
Friday, July 26 Truck-Tractor Pull 6 p.m. M & M Transport, Bradfield Excavating, Hampshire County Farm Bureau, Sugar Grove Farm, RC Towing, IMS Diesel Repair
Friday, July 26 Glen Shelton 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bank of Romney
Saturday, July 27 Car Show 9 a.m. Judy’s Mobile Home
Saturday, July 27 Chain Saw Contest 11 a.m. Augusta Lawn & Garden
Mud Bogg 3 p.m. Ed Shoemaker
Livestock Auction 5 p.m.
Dawn Rix 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. FNB Bank
Fireworks Show 10 p.m. Mountain Man Fireworks

Rides and Games

Hampshire County Fair 2024

  • Rollercoasters and giant wheels for those seeking adventure and scenic views from high above.
  • Engaging games with intriguing prizes meant for people of all ages to take part in friendly competition bringing smiles.
Date Gate Opens Gate Fee Rides Cost
Monday, July 22 4 p.m. $5 $15
Tuesday, July 23 4 p.m. $5 $10
Wednesday, July 24 4 p.m. $5 $15
Thursday, July 25 4 p.m. $1 $20
Friday, July 26 4 p.m. $5 $20
Saturday, July 27 1 p.m. $5 $20

Delicious Food

Reasons to visit Hampshire Fair

Food is always a highlight at the Hampshire County Fair. The 2024 kitchen menu offers a variety of meals, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Traditional favorites: Hot dogs, sandwiches, fries, corn dogs, and cotton candy. Quick and satisfying snacks enjoyed at fairs.
Main dishes: Meats like ribs or chicken, grilled vegetables, and seafood plates. More filling choices offering refined tastes.
International foods: Tacos, gyros, sushi, and dishes from places around the world. Sample flavors from different cultures.
Regional specialties: Tomato sandwiches, ham, and cornbread highlighting local cooking traditions.
Vegetarian and vegan dishes: Salads, veggie patties, fresh fruit, and plant-based meals for all diets.
Sweet treats: Funnel cakes, ice cream, homemade pies, caramel apples, and fried pastries. Indulge your sweet tooth at the fair.

Special Highlights

One of the highlights of the fair’s kitchen menu is the prime rib. This meal is a favorite among visitors and offers a delicious dining option. Each meal costs $10, except for the prime rib, which may vary.

Food Contests and Demonstrations

The fair also features food-related contests and demonstrations:

  • Pie-Eating Contest: A fun and messy event where participants race to finish a pie without using their hands.
  • Chili Cook-Off: Local chefs and amateurs compete to create the best chili, judged by a panel of local food experts.
  • Cooking Demonstrations: Live cooking shows where chefs demonstrate how to prepare various dishes, sharing tips and recipes with the audience.

Community Support

County fair attractions

The Hampshire County Fair is more than just a fun event. It plays an important role in supporting the local community. Profits from the fair go back into the community, funding various local initiatives and programs. Your attendance helps sustain these efforts, making your visit both enjoyable and impactful.

Local Initiatives

The fair supports several local initiatives:

  • Educational Programs: Funding for local schools and educational programs. This includes scholarships for students and grants for school projects.
  • Community Projects: Improvements to local infrastructure and community facilities. Projects like park renovations, community centers, and public libraries benefit from the fair’s contributions.
  • Agricultural Support: Support for local farmers and agricultural programs. This includes grants for sustainable farming practices and funding for agricultural education.

Volunteer Opportunities

Hampshire Fair events

The fair relies heavily on volunteers to help run the event. Volunteering at the fair is a great way to get involved in the community. Volunteers assist with various tasks such as setting up stalls, managing events, and providing information to visitors. It’s a rewarding experience that also helps the fair run smoothly.

Vendor Stalls

Local vendors play a significant role at the fair. They offer a wide range of goods, from handmade crafts to locally sourced food. By shopping at these stalls, you support local businesses and contribute to the local economy. This helps sustain small businesses and keeps the community vibrant.

How to Get Involved?

If you want to support the fair beyond attending, there are several ways to get involved:

  • Donate: Financial contributions help fund the fair and its associated community projects.
  • Sponsor: Local businesses can sponsor events and activities, gaining visibility and supporting the community.
  • Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to help make the fair a success. Various roles are available, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Final Thoughts

The Hampshire County Fair brings together fun, learning and community spirit in a special way. More than just a local event, it celebrates our shared cultural heritage and beloved pastimes that unite us all. Whether you grow up here or are visiting our area, this fair guarantees a memorable and meaningful experience. Families can laugh, play games and make memories together, proud to be part of such a tightly-knit community.