MATEWAN – The 66th annual Magnolia fair will be coming to town a month early. This year the fair will be held from July 6th-11th. The fair will be held at Magnolia Park, in Matewan W.Va. All the usual festivities will be available including rides, pageants, food and entertainment. The entertainment this year will include six bands and three solo acts. The fair will end with a bang via a big fireworks display on the final night starting at 10pm.
This years entertainment schedule is as follows: Monday- The baby miss Magnolia Fair Pageant will start at 7pm, the Can’t Get Right Band will play at 8:30pm. Tuesday- the Young Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant will start at 7pm, “tumble with Lakin” Gymnastics at 8pm, and Thomas White will close out the night playing at 9pm.
Wednesday- Donaven & the Hillbilly Drive Band will begin at 7pm, and the Jimmy Dillon Band will finish the night at 9pm. Thursday- Local artist Josh Adair kicks off at 7pm, and the One Way Music Ministry starts at 9pm.
Friday- Takara Norman will perform at 7pm, and the Jaguars will play at 9pm. Saturday- the Miss Magnolia Pageant will start at 7pm and Brother Satch will begin at 9pm. The fireworks display will end the night.
Local Performer Takara Norman will be taking stage for her first performance. After the unfortunate loss of two close family members, Norman posted a video to social media, the response to her talent was overwhelming. Her mix of country and gospel will be a excellent addition to the showcase.
The fair was founded in 1949, and has been held for 65 consecutive years. The very first fair day was on Aug. 1, 1949.
Gates will open nightly at 6:00 p.m. and admission will be $10.00. All concerts are free with gate admission.
The Magnolia fair is the longest running event of its kind operating in southern West Virginia. The Fair is owned and operated by the Matewan Rotary Club, the proceeds are used to fund community projects.