Paw Paw Fair

This summer, coming soon to a fairground near you: it’s the Paw Paw District Fair in Rivesville, WV!


Many may not realize that this area’s name is descriptive of the paw paw fruit that grew in abundance along the creek.  Hence, the Paw Paw Creek.

A paw paw is actually a fruit indigenous to half the United States. It has also been called “custard apple” and “Indiana banana.” The skin is soft and the fruit is creamy.  Some say it tastes like a mango and a banana.

While that may be, Marion County, for almost sixty years, has celebrated more than a fruit! It honors the community and the area, for the people and by the people.

With 84 acres of Paw Paw land, there is plenty to do and to see. The 57-year-old fair has been a fun, muddy extra during Marion County summers since 1946. Its famous attractions include all kinds of mudboggin’, automotive pullin’s, “fair” food and pageants.

This year the fair will be July 23- 27. Admission is $8 per person.

And of course, what’s a fair without music? This year the fair will feature The Silver Eagle Band and Streetwise. Don’t forget the dangerously daring Demo Derby!

Can’t handle the action? Check out the animal shows, which are sure to entertain and inform! Or, immerse yourself in the artistic talents of the numerous homegrown craft vendors.

What’s a summer without rides? Without Mud? Beauty? Fun? Make the Paw Paw District Fair part of your Marion County summer!