[caption id="attachment_33885" align="aligncenter" width="800"]<img class="size-full wp-image-33885" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/08\/Fair-pic-to-go-with-opening-week-story.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="400" \/> The State Fair of West Virginia opens Aug. 9 and runs through Aug. 18 at the fairgrounds in Fairlea. (Photo by Sarah Richardson)[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to begin on Thursday, Aug. 9, with gates opening at 11 a.m. and carnival rides at 2 p.m.<\/h1>\r\nThe 10-day event will bring thousands of people together for top-name musical acts, free entertainment, livestock shows, carnival rides from Reithoffer Shows and one-of-a-kind fair food! Check out the enclosed 33rd annual State Fair Guide for a full list of everything going on at the fairgrounds this year, you don\u2019t want to miss it!\r\n\r\n\u201cOur theme this year is \u2018Unforgettable Fun\u2019 and that is exactly what we want fairgoers to do - make some unforgettable memories with their families and friends,\u201d State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. \u201cWe have a great concert lineup this year starting with a sold-out show on Thursday featuring Luke Combs, as well as some new adventures for fairgoers including our all new \u2018Best of Fair Food\u2019 contest! This contest will feature 10 new items submitted by food vendors that fairgoers will get to try and vote on. We will announce a winner at the end of the week!\u201d\r\n\r\nGate specials throughout the week include First Energy\u2019s Magic Monday (Aug. 13), Senior Citizen\u2019s Day (Aug. 14), the Early Bird Special featuring $1 admission from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (Aug. 15) and Military Discount Day (Aug. 16). Children age 12 and under will once again get in free all day, every day.\r\n\r\nThe 2018 Concert Series opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, with an already sold-out Luke Combs with special Guest Josh Phillips! Country music superstar Chris Young with special guest Adam Doleac will take the stage on Friday, Aug. 10, while MercyMe will perform on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration will take the stage for two shows on Sunday, Aug. 12! Other concerts include 38 Special (Aug. 16), the Southern Uprising Tour Featuring Travis Tritt, the Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker Band (Aug. 17) and the Buckin\u2019 B Bull Ride with Phil Vassar (Aug. 18). Free grandstand shows include Uncle Si and the Sicotics, Ben and Noel Haggard and Chris Knight.\r\n\r\nThe week is also filled with free entertainment for all ages including Bears of Bearadise Ranch, Cowtown, Rollo (stilt walker), the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs and a packed schedule on the Sprint Free Stage!\r\n\r\nAdvance tickets are available at Valley Independent Pharmacies through noon on Aug. 4, at the State Fair Box Office or through Aug. 8, at select Stop In and One Stop locations. All concert tickets and details can be found at www.statefairofwv.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX(3849).\r\n\r\nThe 2018 State Fair themed \u201cUnforgettable Fun,\u201d is a 10-day Fair scheduled Aug. 9-18. The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million economic impact on the state of West Virginia, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.