KEARNEYSVILLE – Thousands have swarmed to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds this week, but there’s much more fun to be had before the annual extravaganza of rural life wraps up Saturday night.
Tonight brings several contests, including a speed texting showdown and eating competitions in categories from pie to ice cream, plus a demolition derby, a kiddie tractor pull and more.
On the lineup in the days ahead: a pig scramble, a mud bog, a magic show, the Bubbles and Mr. B clown act, a martial arts demo and many more special events. Every night, there’s carnival rides, the chance to see fair exhibits, plus favorite fair fare such as corn dogs, candy apples and funnel cake.
Music is another big element of a night at the fair. Tonight, there’s a show from Morgantown-based ’80s cover band Rick K. and The Allnighters (for details, see Out&About, Page B3) and then Saturday evening brings performances from the Back Creek Valley Boys, the Panhandle-based bluegrass band that’s been a favorite at the Pickin’ in the Panhandle bluegrass festival and many other venues across the region.
Outstanding country music is a fair tradition that dates back to the very beginning of the Jefferson County Fair. At the first fair in October of 1953, none other than future Country Music Hall of Famer Patsy Cline, then just 21, took center stage.
Want to know more?
Go online to www.jeffersoncountyfairwv.org or call the fair office at 304-724-1411.