WELLSBURG — Since reopening in 2002, the Brooke County Fairgrounds has offered a weekend full of things to see and do, and organizers say this year’s event will be no different.
One thing has changed is the weekend it will be held, as the fair has been moved to September 16-18 at Brooke Hills Park.
The volunteer committee behind the fair, led by Janice McFadden and Patty Lish, also announced several new attractions, including Rafter Z Rodeo appearances at 2 p.m. on September 18, hula hoop dancing contests at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 4 p.m. Sept. 18 hosted by Jessica Strader and a scavenger hunt for adults and youth at 2 p.m. Sept. 18.
Along with a variety of food and other vendors, there will be demonstrations by blacksmiths Randy Palluch and Jim Anderson and falconer Mick Brown, who is due to bring his rare gyro-saker, on September 17 and 18.
There will also be inflatable attractions for children; battlefield archery, an activity similar to paintball battles; a petting zoo and other animal exhibits and, weather permitting, appearances by PPG Adventure aerobatic hang glider Nick Fazekas.
An addition to the fair last year was an agriculture pavilion which offered children the opportunity to learn about agriculture and related topics through interactive exhibits, including a milking simulation. a cow.
Several state agencies and local businesses have sponsored the attraction, which will return this year.
For much of the weekend, disc jockey Jack Carbasho will provide music and karaoke, while various history preservation groups will share insight and details about the Middle Ages, the American Revolution and the role of women in history.
Members of Brooke County 4-H Clubs will also present recent projects and activities for children.
The University of West Virginia mountaineer’s mascot, Mary Roush, is due to appear at 4 p.m. Friday, and McFadden is expected to greet visitors at 5 p.m. during opening ceremonies which will include a flag-raising ceremony by Cub Scout Pack 1553 and a butterfly release courtesy of Heather’s Butterflies.
Primary school children across the county will once again compete in a tug of war competition starting at noon on September 17. The winning team will receive a trophy which will be displayed in their school throughout the current school year.
Last year’s event was won by a team from Brooke Intermediate South.
New to the fair is a barbecue sponsored by the law firm Cipriani and Thomas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 17, with visitors invited to vote for their favorite dish by donating $5.
Participants will compete for a grand prize of $500. To register or for more information, call (304) 670-3876.
Those with mullet hairstyles are invited to enter a new competition sponsored by Hair by Heidi at 4 p.m. on September 17.
Other competitions will include a pie contest at 6 p.m. Friday, the Fair Idol talent show at noon on September 17 (with registration at 11 a.m.), a pizza contest at noon on Saturday, a mud volleyball tournament involving high school students at 4 p.m. Sept. 17, ice cream eating contest at 3 p.m. Sept. 18; a cornhole tournament at 3:30 p.m. on September 18 (with registration at 2:30 p.m.)
The Twins, Triplets and More event will also return at 1 p.m. on September 18. In the past, siblings who fall into these categories have won awards for being the oldest or youngest combination present, among other accolades.
A fairgoer can win $250 if they select one of 100 squares in which a drone drops a liquid-filled balloon during the Lucky Draw Drone Drop at 4:30 p.m. on September 18. Odds are $5 each and can be purchased at the park. clubhouse before the fair or during the fair as long as there are places left.
The lineup of entertainment includes Black Diamond Wrestling at 6 p.m. on Friday, a mud truck race at 1 p.m. on September 17; music by Everett Metz at 4:30 p.m. on September 17; the Russ Buchanan Band, with its mix of country and oldies songs, at 7 p.m. on September 17; a demolition derby at 1 p.m. on September 18; the acoustic sound of Steve Nixon at 2 p.m.; and singer Autumn Duckworth at 4 p.m. on September 18.
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