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You know the drill: company is coming, so you’re sweeping, dusting, and fluffing pillows to make the house look good. Imagine if you were expecting hundreds — no thousands of people to stop by and visit.

That is just what is happening this week at the State Fairgrounds. Organizers are adding the “spit and polish” to present their best for visitors to the 2022 West Virginia State Fair, held August 11-20 in Fairlea.

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Jane Powell is a longtime West Virginia University Extension Service master gardener through the Kanawha County chapter. She is the communications director for a community foundation and a volunteer with several nonprofits in the community. Find her blog, “Gardening in Pearls,” at You can contact her at

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