MATEWAN, W.Va. – The old saying use to be there is something for everyone at the Magnolia Fair.
The Matewan Rotary Club is hoping that sentiment still rings true.
The fair, which is now in its 67th year, usually has area residents of all ages look forward to the annual event.
Over the years the dates have moved around from August to July and even a couple of times in June.
The location has changed periodically also, but the one thing that has never changed is the downhome, close knit, old fashion country fair feel.
The original location of the fair was at O’Brien Park (the former football field) afterwards the location had moved between the property in town and Magnolia Park (former Lowe’s property) on Route 49.
This year’s event will be held August 22 through 27 at the now permanent location at Magnolia Park.
Matewan Rotary Club who organizes the event has worked hard to make this one of the best fairs in years.
The fair will kick off Monday night at 7 p.m. with the Little Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant.
The pageant for ages newborn to nine years old.
Age divisions are 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 13-18 months, 19-23 months, 2-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-9 years.
There will be one Ultimate Grand Supreme, one Grand Supreme Winner in the 0-23 month category and a Grand Supreme Winner in the 2-9 year old category.
Entry fee for the pageant is $50.
The Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant will take place on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Age divisions for the Miss Magnolia Fair are Junior Teen (10-12 years), Teen (13-17 years), Miss (18 years and over, never married, no children), Ms. (18 years and older, divorced, single mother), Mrs. (married).
Each division will have a Photogenic and a Most Beautiful winner for side awards.
A queen will be crowned in each of the five divisions.
Registration fee for the Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant is $75.
For more information about either of the pageants please contact Amy Dearfield-Smith at
A variety of entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment is scheduled nightly.
On Monday evening in addition to the Little Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant live entertainment will be provided by Donaven Blevins and Hillbilly Drive Band.
On Tuesday night the highlight of the evening will be the Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant.
Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Kayla Dawn and the Coal Fired Band.
Wednesday night is sure to provide a unique and lively fair atmosphere when a version of the once popular game show, “The Dating Game” will be recreated live on stage.
Any gentleman wishing to participate can get more information by going to the Magnolia Fair, Inc. Facebook page or contacting Keith Blankenship at 304-426-6621.
A prize package will be awarded to the winner.
Jim Dillion Band will provide unique versions of oldies, classic rock and blues for the evening listening pleasure.
Thursday night is Gospel night with the sound of well-known local singer Joe Moore. Also, performing will be Packing Up and One Way Band.
Joey Ferris and Logan Hall will be the acts on hand for Friday.
Closing out the week on Saturday Hassell Bryant and Exit 23.
KC Rides will be back for the fourth year straight to set up approximately 18 different rides for all ages.
A variety of food vendors, several game vendors and other types of vendors will be set up throughout the week.
Gates open at 6 p.m. nightly.
Admission is $10 nightly and includes all rides and entertainment.
Parking is free and a shuttle will be running from all parking lots to the gate every night.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.