Barbour Fair spotlights bull riders

PHILIPPI – The energy was high at the Barbour County Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening. The hillside was filled with people settled in to watch the professional bull riders from the Buckin’ B Cattle Company take on the wild bulls.

Matt DeJohn, a rider from Waynesburg, Pa., was hoping for a big crowd.

“We travel all over the east coast,” he said. “This fair board is outstanding and we really enjoy coming here.”

Rodeo clown Brandon Gough, from Short Gap, said it was his job to help the crowd get into the show, but most of all, to keep the riders safe.

First out of the shoot was Ryan Miller from Indiana, attempting to ride Pistol Whip. The first to stay on his bull for the full eight seconds was North Carolina rider Josh Bearclaw, who scored a total of 80 points.

The entertainer for the evening was Barbour County resident Brett Carpenter.

“The best part of bull riding was the comradery that is shown,” Carpenter said. “The riders all compete against each other, but they also help each other and leave at the end of the day as friends.”

Barbour County Fair Queen Hannah Matlick said, “I just enjoy everything about the fair. The fun and coming together is what it’s all about.”

She looks forward to representing her county this year as Miss Barbour County.

“I want to show my county off in the best way possible,” Matlick said.

For the first time ever, the Barbour County Fair has a king, a title worn proudly by Isaiah Summerfield, who is paving the way for future leaders.

“I just want to try and get the word out there,” Summerfield said. “It’s a lot of fun and a very good learning experience.”

The fair features some other changes this year. Due to the historical exhibit building being demolished earlier this summer, a temporary tent has been erected for the display of fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers. This tent is sponsored by Belington Medical Clinic.

“We are just making the most of our resources,” said board member Debbie Schoonover. “I would like to encourage everyone to come out and see the changes and also to offer suggestions on how things can be improved for next year.”

At the top of the hill near the food court, the Belington Volunteer Fire Department has a table set up selling tickets to the Fall Bash, an annual fundraising event to be held Sept. 13 at the fairgrounds, with the gates opening at 10 a.m.

“Come out and get your tickets early,” said BVFD fireman Mike Hart. The top prize this year is a 2014 Dodge truck.

The fair’s main event this evening will be the demolition derby, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Barbour County Fair Schedule follows:


Admission $10

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

12 p.m. -Lawn and Garden Tractor Pulls, Fellowsville Volunteer Fire Dept.

1 p.m. -Jack Lucas Antique Tractor Show

2 p.m.-5 p.m. -Midway Open

6 p.m. -Draft Horse Pulls

6 p.m.-11 p.m. -Midway Open

7 p.m. -Livestock Awards Presentation

7:30 p.m. -4-H/FFA Market Animal Sale

On Stage at John Loyd Entertainment Center

7 p.m. -Sarah Beth Meadows

8:30 p.m. -Nashville Recording Artist – Jamie Lynn Spears

11 p.m. – 2014 Fair closes