WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Fair will return next weekend with a variety of live entertainment, including an area troupe of professional wrestlers, competitions for all ages and an assortment of food.
The fair will be held Friday afternoon through Sept. 12 at Brooke Hills Park.
Admission is $5 each day, which includes carnival rides. Three-day passes are $10 each and may be purchased at the park through Thursday.
FINAL DETAILS. Members of the Brooke County Fair Board and volunteers met Thursday at the Brooke Hills Park clubhouse to finalize details for the event, which will be held Friday through Sept. 9 at the park. Among the many involved with the fair are, from left, Jeff Van Camp, co-chairman Paul Lish, Chuck Boyd, Tiffany Boyd with her 4-year-old daughter Kendra; co-chairman Patty Lish, Peggy Erlewine, Cathy Hervey and Janice McFadden, the park's manager. -- Warren Scott
A volunteer committee led by Paul and Patty Lish has been planning the fair since January and has added several new features, including live wrestling by the Black Diamond Wrestlers at 7 p.m. Saturday, an All for Fun Pet Show at 1 p.m. Sunday and demonstrations of radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters by the Hill Hoppers Flying Club at noon Saturday. Also, demonstrations of American Indian inspired ceramics by Mesa Creative Arts will be featured, as well as a portable sawmill by Fred Hervey on Sept. 12.
The 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, an American Revolution re-enactment group, and Spike, the Wheeling Nailers' mascot, also will appear. There also will be a truck mud bog at noon Saturday, a demolition derby at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 and demonstrations of shooting sports and other skills during the weekend.
The fair is known for its many competitions, including a chili cookoff; amateur photo, baked good and cutest baby contests; Brooke County Queen Pageant; mud volleyball; and horseshoe tournaments, as well as bingo and contests testing participants' ability to quickly consume ice cream, pizza and other foods.
The following are some of the many events set for the Brooke County Fair.
4 p.m. - Carnival rides and inflatables open.
4 p.m. - Bingo.
6 p.m. - Opening ceremonies with a live butterfly release courtesy of Butterflies from Heather.
6:30 p.m. - Pie eating contest.
7 p.m. - Black Diamond Wrestling.
10 a.m. - Carnival rides and inflatables open.
10 a.m. - Bingo.
10 a.m. - Brooke County Fair Queen of Queens Pageant.
10 a.m. - Truck mud bog registration.
Noon - Truck mud bog.
Noon - Domino's Pizza-eating contest.
Noon- Hill Hoppers Flying Club.
Noon - Primary school tug of war.
Noon- Singer Catherine Losey.
1 p.m. - Fair Idol registration.
2 p.m. - Fair Idol singing competition.
2 p.m. - Strolling magician and balloon man.
3:30 p.m. - West Virginia/Ohio Line Dancers.
4 p.m. - High school mud volleyball tournament.
4 p.m. - Hot dog-eating contest.
4:30 p.m. - Ice cream-eating contest.
4:30 p.m. - Frontroom (Classic rock 'n' roll).
5:30 p.m. - Minute to Win It Registration.
6 p.m. - Minute to Win It contest.
7:30 p.m. - Cross Creek (Country and southern rock).
10 a.m. - Carnival rides and inflatables open.
10 a.m. - Demolition derby registration.
11 a.m. - Bingo.
11:30 a.m. - Miniature golf tournament.
Noon - American Indian ceramic arts demonstration.
12:30 p.m. - Twins Day registration.
1 p.m. - Demolition derby.
1 p.m. - Horseshoe competition.
1 p.m. - Children's tractor pedal pull contest.
2 p.m. - Watermelon-eating contest.
2 p.m. - Steel Casa (Steel drum band).
2:30 p.m. - Corn hole tournament registration.
3 p.m. - Cornhole tournament.
4 p.m. - Guitar Hero competition.
5 p.m. - Cutest baby results.
5:30 p.m. - Photo contest results.
This year a team from Wellsburg Primary School, winner of last year's primary school tug-of-war, will defend the school's right to display the traveling trophy at their school.
The competition will begin at noon Saturday.
Fairgoers may enter the Minute to Win It contest which, like the television show of the same name, will challenge participants to perform a variety of unusual tasks within a short time. The event will begin at 6 p.m., with registration at 5:30 p.m.
On Sept. 12 the Twins Day contest will return, with prizes going to area twins who fall into various categories. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. for the event, which will begin at 1 p.m.
A variety of area bands will perform each day and amateurs of all ages will have a chance to show their talent in the Fair Idol singing competition. The contest will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, with registration at 1 p.m.
Some of the contests require pre-registration, and forms can be obtained at the fair's website at www.brookecountyfair.org or by calling the park at (304) 737-1236 or West Virginia University Extension Service at (304) 737-3666.
Patty Lish said the fair is a success because of the many area businesses and groups that support it. A major sponsor this year is Chesapeake Energy.
Lish noted long-time partners in the endeavor have included the Brooke County 4-H program, whose leaders will help children make assorted crafts; and the Brooke County Senior Center, which conducts bingo and offers shuttles from the fair's free parking area to the fairgrounds behind Brooke Hills Playhouse.
(Scott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)