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$1.5 million awarded to 330 fairs and festivals across West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) – Today, Gov. Jim Justice held a virtual ceremony to award more than $1.5 million to a total of 330 fairs and festivals across West Virginia to help organizers and communities bridge the gap in a year where such events were forced to be canceled.

“We know with this pandemic, we had to close our fairs and festivals,” Gov. Justice said. “It was the prudent thing to do, but it was still a tough thing to do because I know how important these events are to all of us.

“So the next thing that comes up, several of the people who run these events came to me and said that, because of a lack of funds and lost revenue, we could be on the verge of losing as many of half of these events,” Gov. Justice continued. “There’s no way I was going to stand by and let that happen. So what did we do? We went back to work to find a way to keep them going.”

The $1,566,388 announced today will reimburse 330 fairs and festivals for the dollars they would have received out of the State budget to hold their respective events.

Of the total amount, the Governor announced that $300,000 would be provided to support the State Fair of West Virginia.

Click here to view the full list of fairs and festivals receiving funding

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