Kicking Off Annual Marshall County Fair

It’s fair time!

This is the 65th year for the fair at its current location, the Marshall County Fairgrounds.

This year fair goers will be able to utilize new grandstand bleachers while the contestants in fair pageants and entertainers of events held at the festival location will have new facilities in which to prepare for their performances.

As usual, the fair will feature something for everyone – truck pulls, fair pageants, country music shows, livestock showing and sales, carnival rides and more.

There will special days for adults (from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday) and for youngsters (from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday).

The fair offers a one-day fair price admission which covers attendance to everything on the grounds, including carnival rides, beginning on Tuesday. Weekly passes can be obtained at the fair office.

While many of the attractions on the grounds are for 4-H and FFA members, there will also be both Marshall County Idol contests and a talent show.

There will actually be two Idol contests, one for youths 14 years of age and under, and an adult contest for ages 15 and over. Judging will be on performance marketability and vocal talent; originality of performance and stage presence/charisma. The first of the two contests will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Festival Stage.

The talent contest will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Festival Stage.

This year’s 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale, to be held at 6 p.m. Friday, will consist of 33 steers, 43 lambs and 126 hogs.

Those attending the fair will be able donate to some different causes, one of which involves fair board member Ronnie Stollar, who is challenging fair goers to help raise funds for local cancer victim Matt Holmes, and the Locks of Love initiative. Donations will be accepted at the fair office on behalf of Holmes, and provided $750 or more is collected, Stollar will cut his hair and donate it to Locks of Love. By the way, Stollar sports more than two feet of hair, which he wears in a signature braid down the center of his back.

Also, the fair is participating with the International Association of Fairs and Festivals in collecting canned food. Items can be brought to the fair office. All of the items collected will stay in Marshall County as they will be given to the different agencies who provide food for those in need, or prepare meals for the needy.

For any additional information pertaining to the fair, call the office at 304-845-8659 or visit the website

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the Miller, Smith, Mazure (MSM) concert for Aug. 2. The orginal date was July 12; however, weather caused the postponement.

As the result of the postponement there will be three free concerts over a three-week period. This Friday, the band Easy Street will be performing, and the final concert of the year will be on Aug. 9 featuring the Slim Lehart Band. The music at each of three performances will be from 7-9 p.m.

The concession stand will open at 6 p.m. on all three dates.

The Riverfront Park concerts are sponsored by Moundsville Pharmacy, KEDS Ace Hardware, Williams Ohio Valley Midstream and the Green Tab.

Individuals attending the three remaining performances are reminded to bring their lawn chairs.

While the ballfields at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville have reopened, the Sam Shaw Walking/Biking Trail remains closed.

The entire facility was closed on July 1, when Middle Grave Creek went over its banks, leaving debris on the ballfields and trail.

Street and recreation department crews worked this past week to make the ballfield safe for play, with an American Legion game played there on Thursday.

Moundsville City Manager Deanna Hess said crews will continue to work this week to clear debris from the remainder of the complex.

The deadline for making reservations for the Union High School sponsored Observance/Reunion is Aug. 1.

The event, to honor the 100th anniversary of the UHS building which was built in 1913, will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

The observance is open to all UHS, Union Junior High School, and Union Elementary alumni, teachers others who were employed at the schol.

Those wishing to make reservations are to contact either Bill Gallagher at 304-845-1914 or Harriet Prager at 304-232-7651

A large number of children, along with their parents/guardians, are expected at the former West Virginia Penitentiary on Tuesday, to take part in the annual Back To School Fun Fair.

The youngsters, pre-school through 12th grade, will receive backpacks, school supplies, and health items.

The Fun Fair is being sponsored by Williams Ohio Valley Midstream and the Marshall County Board of Education, along with volunteer agencies.

Live musical performances, the first in many years at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville, will take place Thursday through Saturday. The curtain will go up at 7 p.m. each evening.

The production is, “The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which will take the audience through the minds and hearts of six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves.

The students learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Orders for reserved seats for the upcoming John Marshall High School home football season are being taken by calling 304-845-0078.

Previous seat holders will be given first priority, with last year’s seats to be held until Aug. 9, and after that time they may be reassigned.