Preparations underway for the 2018 Barbour County Fair

Hello from Barbour County, where summer is almost over. How did that happen? School begins on August 14.

Another sign that summer is almost over – the Barbour County Fair will take place August 25 – September 1. The Fair will be “Jam Packed With Family Fun” this year. Entertainment includes: Morgan Wallen, Denny Strickland, Mark Chesnutt, Dillon Carmichael and more. From the parade, to the rides, demolition derby, queen’s pagaent, atv races, and more, the fair is sure to be a fun filled time for the whole family. Advance tickets are available for $10.00, and can be purchased at Mace’s Pharmacy, all Freedom Bank locations, Premier Bank, BC Bank, and the fair office. Tickets at the gate will be $12..

Today, there will be an ice cream social at Kasson United Methodist Church, beginning at 5 p.m. Hotdog dinners will also be available, served with baked beans, scalloped potatoes, green beans, potato salad, and cole slaw. Don’t forget the homemade ice cream and pies! This sounds like it will be a yummy time! Turn off Rt. 92 at Kasson School, and go 1/2 mile to the church.

There will be two regular Food Service Worker Permit Classes coming up. The first will be on August 1, and then again on August 2 at the Market Place in Philippi. These classes will be the last ones given before the Barbour County Fair. So, if you are needing a class to work at a food stand at the fair, now is the time to get your card! Registration begins at 5:15 p.m, with the class starting at 6 p.m. The cost for a state wide card is $20, and a Barbour County card is $10. Cards are valid for two years. For more information, call Sanitarian Bill Nestor, at the Barbour County Health Dept. at (304) 457-1670.

In addition to the monthly classes, the Barbour County Health Department has started a weekly Food Service Worker test that will be given every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the health department.

Barbour County Relay for Life will be hosting their annual event at the Barbour County Fairgrounds on August 3, beginning at 7 pm. The theme this year is, “The 80’s”.

The 6th Annual Ride 2 Dive ATV ride will take place on August 5 at the Junior Fire Department. Registration begins at 8 am, with departure at 10 am. The ride will consist of over 50 miles of scenic riding through 3 counties. Once back at the starting point, there will be a wide variety of food and prizes. All proceeds benefit the dive team at the fire department.

Barbour County Family Resource Network is hosting a Back To School Bash at the Philippi City Pool on August 10 for Barbour County students. K – 5th grade will swim from 6 pm until 7:30 pm, and 6th – 12th grade will swim from 7:30 pm until 9 pm.

There will be a Safety Fair at the Barbour County Fairgrounds on August 11 from 11 am – 1 pm. Games, education sessions, demonstrations, prizes, and much more will be available for the whole family.

Looking ahead, the Belington Volunteer Fire Department will be having their annual Fall Bash on September 8, beginning at noon at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. Guest speaker will be Tim Smith, from hit TV show, “Moonshiners”. See your favorite Belington fireman for tickets!

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