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FAIRLEA, W. Va (WVVA)-- The State Fair of West Virginia opens its doors Friday, and there are some new attractions there that are sure to please.

The fair's theme this year is "Feel the Magic." Leaders there say they've added parking areas and even more exhibitions this year.

There's also a West Virginia Strongman Competition, searching for the strongest Mountaineer.

Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, the fair's manager, says this is just the start.

"We have a food coupon book," she said. "One coupon [is] in the book for every food concession on the grounds.... You can purchase it for $5 at our ticket office."

Pierson-Jolliffe added that two retail areas have been overhauled.

"We've created new layouts and I think it'll make for a better shopping experience," she said.

The carnival rides open Friday at 11 AM and a fireworks display helps kick off the fair that evening. 

But the fair opened early for a lucky few Thursday night.

At its "Fun First" fundraiser for the State Fair of West Virginia's endowment, which awards scholarships, $50-dollar donors got wristbands for the carnival rides.

It was a smaller crowd, and there weren't long waits for the rides. People also donated wristbands to area underprivileged children so they could come to the fair too.

"The children's organizations here bring underprivileged kids here tonight and they are able to ride for free," said Tom Campbell, who sits on the fair's Board of Directors.

"They ride rides and get pop and popcorn and cotton candy. So it's two-fold," he said. "The kids who normally aren't able to come get to come, and the money people contribute gets to help kids go to college."

The fair awards several scholarships each year.

 

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