Barbour Fair parade helps residents honor local roots

PHILIPPI – The theme for the Barbour County Fair this year is “Discover Your Roots,” and many long-time Barbour residents were on hand Monday evening to enjoy the fair’s Grand Feature Parade.

Many people grow up attending the parade every year, and as years go by, they bring their children and grandchildren.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the fair every year,” said Rich Mace, owner of Mace’s Pharmacy, which honored our state’s roots with a float depicting the coal mining industry.

The parade featured many youth groups, including sports teams, school bands and twirlette groups.

Local police officers, fire departments and emergency squads were on hand during the parade Monday to represent the county and make sure fair attendees had a safe evening.

The parade saw a large turnout this year. From the food court to the animals in the barn, a good time seemed to be had by all Monday evening.

Sebra Extreme Bull Riders will be the feature event today, beginning at 7 p.m.

The following is the schedule for the Barbour County Fair:


Admission $10

8 a.m. – p.m. -Livestock Registration

10 a.m.-3 p.m. -Seniors 55 & Older, Admission $4 (Activities Planned)

4 p.m. -Commercial & Competitive Exhibits Open

6 p.m.-10 p.m. -Midway Open

6:30 p.m. -Market Animal Weigh-In

7 p.m. -Bull Riding – Open arena


8 a.m. -Final Market Animal Weigh-In

4 p.m. -Commercial and Competitive Exhibits Open

4 p.m. -Rabbit Show

5 p.m. -Open Class Hog Show

5 p.m. -Registration for Demolition Derby

6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. -Midway Open

7 p.m. -4-H/FFA Market Hog Show and Showmanship Contest

7:30 p.m.- Demolition Derby – Open arena


9 a.m.-2 p.m. -Kids’ Day for Barbour County 3rd Graders

3 p.m. -Open Class Sheep Show

4 p.m. -Open Class Goat Show

4 p.m. -Commercial & Competitive Exhibits Open

5 p.m. -4-H/FFA Market Lamb & Market Goat & Dairy Goat Showmanship Contest

5 p.m. -Registration for Youth ATV Drag Races

6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.- Midway Opens

7 p.m. -Youth ATV Drag Races


4 p.m. -Commercial & Competitive Exhibits Open

5 p.m. -Dairy Replacement & Beef Replacement Heifers

Show & Showmanship

5 p.m. -Registration for Adult ATV Drag Races

5:30 p.m. -Open Class Beef Show and Open Class Feeder Calf Show

6 p.m. -Draft Horse Show

6 p.m.-11:00pm -Midway Open

7: p.m. -Adult ATV Drag Races, Bill Kelley Racing

7 p.m.- 4-H/FFA Market Steer & Feeder Calf Show and Showmanship Contest

On Stage at John Loyd Entertainment Center

7 p.m. -Shadrach

9 p.m. -Colt Ford performs


9 a.m. -Overall Showmanship Contest

9-11:30 a.m. -4-H/FFA Horse Showmanship – Covered Arena

9 a.m. -4-H Fitting and Showmanship Finals

10 a.m. -Commercial and Competitive Exhibits Open