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Fair Game: Kelly Tuckwiller Collins overseas State Fair of WV


It could be argued that Kelly Tuckwiller Collins (’09, ’11, Reed College of Media) grew up at the State Fair of West Virginia.

She has been attending the annual August event since before her first memory. The smells of deep-fried foods, the squeals of children on the merry-go-round and the exhibits that showcase the hard work of quilters, gardeners and bakers are as much a part of her childhood memories as rounding up livestock on her family farm, Sunday dinners and Central Willing Workers 4-H meetings.

It’s been only a decade since Collins took over as the fourth director of the State Fair of West Virginia, but some of those years have been marked by circumstances that could qualify her for a juggling act on the main stage.

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