Barbour Fair wraps up

The 2013 Barbour County Fair is now in the memories of those who watched the many shows, ate the vendor’s special festival foods or rode the carnival rides with family and friends.

This year’s country-themed fair marked the debut of the bull-riding show where men from 10 different states competed to win a $3,000 prize. The ATV races and the demolition derby also were well attended attractions at the arena.

“We enjoy it,” Helen Biggs of Philippi said. “We come every year.”

Many fair-goers had positive words to say about this year’s fair.

“It’s good; it’s really good and very family oriented this year,” Tina Sylva of Sandy Creek said..

Travis Gibson of Barbour County said his favorite memory from this year’s fair was “watching my kids ride rides.”

This is true of multiple families that attended the fair. Belington resident Ryan Kelley’s favorite memory was “seeing our daughter ride rides for the first time.”

The Barbour County Fair was far more than carnival rides and a few racing or bull-riding shows.

It featured competitive exhibits, crafts, karaoke and special days designed just for kids and seniors.

The fair also featured many livestock shows like the beef, feeder calf, rabbit, goat, lamb, sheep and horse shows throughout the week. It kicked off with a county fair 5-K run and walk on Aug. 24 and ended following the performance of Nashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll on Saturday.

Music artists from gospel to country shared the stage from Wednesday to Saturday, including Carroll. Other performers were Chase Likens, Jeff Frey, Full Cirkle and Nashville recording artists Greg Bates and Charlie Worsham.

“I like him,” George Smith of Galloway said about Likens. “I like country music. They (country musicians) are good.”

Smith said Thursday that he attended all the music shows and that he planned to watch Carroll and Full Cirkle perform Saturday.

The Barbour County Fair featured entertainment for multiple audiences and offered many guests the opportunity for weeklong fun.

“It seems a little more organized this year, too,” Austin Huffman of Belington said.