Roads at the fairgrounds were lined with thousands of guests awaiting Monday's Grand Feature Parade at the Barbour County Fair.
Children and adults of all ages gathered to watch the parade that featured floats, vehicles, fair representatives, area school bands, twirlers, political campaign signs, assortments of candy to toss to children in waiting, and much more.
The parade, which was sponsored by the Junior Lions Club, circled the narrow road within the fairgrounds, with crowds often cheering when they recognized familiar faces or supported participating groups, businesses, organizations and campaigns.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
The Mace’s Pharmacy float participates in the Barbour County Grand Feature parade on Monday. The float placed first in the commercial division at the After Parade Award Ceremony and also was the Queen’s choice. The Barbour County Fair continues through Saturday. More photos can be found online at cu.theintermountain.com.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
The Philippi Middle School Marching Band creates music during the Barbour County Grand Feature Parade on Monday. More photos can be found online at cu.theintermountain.com.
The nearly hour-and-a-half parade began at 6:30 p.m.
Some participants were in competition for one of three placements in the After Awards Ceremony conducted at the John Loyd Entertainment Center following the parade. Commercial participants, non-commercial participants, and twirlette groups were able to compete with one another.
In the commercial division, the first-place trophy went to Mace's Pharmacy for an Irish-themed float featuring a rainbow and a leprechaun waiting at the end of the rainbow in his pot of gold.
Miss Barbour County Fair Queen 2012, Bridget Booth, selected her favorite float as well, giving the Queen's Choice award to Mace's Pharmacy. Second place went to Freedom Bank and third place was awarded to Barbour County Bank.
"The overall float itself, it fit the theme to a 'T' and it was very nicely done," Booth said of the Mace's float.
"Find your pot of gold at the Barbour County Fair," is the motto on many publications promoting this year's fair, which takes on an Irish theme.
For the non-commercial division of the parade contest, Good Samaritan came out in first place with Belington Public Library in second and the Barbour County Beekeepers Association in third.
For the first time, the Barbour County Strutters took home the top-ranking trophy for the twirlette division with a special appearance of Spongebob Squarepants riding on top of a painted vehicle sporting the group name as well as Lost Creek Salvage. One of the team's senior feature twirlers, Amanda Benjamin, 16, of Philippi, said winning first place felt "awesome."
Second place went to Robin's Rockettes and third place was awarded to the Golden Angels Baton Group.
Miss Barbour County Fair Queen 2012, along with contestants and escorts in Saturday's pageant, rode together on a float. A separate float carried the minor court members.
Others participates in the parade included the Barbour County Sheriff's Department, Junior, Philippi and Belington Volunteer Fire Departments, and the American Legion Post 96 of Belington, with a vehicle honoring the memory of Sgt. R.J. Jimenez, a Barbour County native who was killed in action in Fallujah Iraq.
The Junior Lions Club participated with a truck decorated in giant stuffed lions and flags.
Kasson, Philippi and Belington Middle School marching bands all performed during the parade, along with the marching band of Philip Barbour High School.
The Colts cross country team ran in the parade and youth sports teams tossed and kicked balls around as they continued around the loop.
Also, members of Tacy Stickers 4-H Club, Girl Scouts and Brownton Boy Scouts participated in the parade.
Many floats featured local, state wide, and national November election candidate campaign signs. Some of the election races included the Barbour County Commission, House of Delegates, Barbour County Sheriff, Congress, State Senate, Attorney General, Presidential Campaign signs and more.
The Barbour County Fair began on Saturday and is scheduled to run through Saturday. Carnival rides begin today. Admission is $10 for the remainder of the fair week and includes parking and entertainment, with the exception of reserved seating.
Senior Day activities are planned today for seniors 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $4, according to the official website for the Barbour County Fair. Commercial and competitive exhibits open at 4 p.m.
Anyone interested in registering for the 7:30 p.m. Demolition Derby today may do so at 5 p.m. for 4 and 6 cylinder vehicles. From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., livestock registration takes place. From 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the midway is open. Animal weigh-in will occur at 6:30 p.m. today.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.barbourcountyfair.com.
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