Justice announces $1.3 million for fairs, festivals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice on Monday announced West Virginia’s fairs and festivals will receive more than $1.3 million to help event organizers adjust to losses connected with the coronavirus pandemic.

Multiple events, including the State Fair of West Virginia, were canceled because of concerns regarding the spread of the virus. Justice announced on July 13 the end of such events amid the pandemic.

Justice said the state could lose half of its events if no action is taken.

“Maybe this won’t save them all, but I hope to goodness it will save a bunch,” Justice said. “I hope, really, it will save them all.”

Randall Reid-Smith, the curator for the state Department of Arts, Culture and History, said fairs and festivals represent the state’s heritage and provide economic development.

“Fairs and festivals, that’s essential for our development of our communities,” he added.

The money will come from the governor’s contingency fund.

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