Good Weather Helped Make the County Fair Successful

While the Marshall County Fair observed its 70th anniversary, the Marshall County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction Club reached its 55th year during the last full week in July.

Overall this year the fair, held July 22-28, was very successful, thanks in part to the weather.

Of course, such an event couldn’t happen without participants, financial supporters, the general public, volunteers, and others.

Beth Bertram oversees a fair board of 30 individuals, all of whom are stockholders.

While most fairs in West Virginia are funded by their counties, the Marshall County Fair over the past 70 years has been under the operation of stockholders.

Bertram said, “It is sometimes hard to meet expenses, especially if it’s a rainy fair week, as it was during the previous three years.”

Bertrram stated, “Our fair is very youth-oriented, and our board it likes that way. Many of our board members have been involved with the fair since they were youths.”

Energy firms have been helping financially during the past few years, not only at the fair itself, but through the rental of space at the fairgrounds on a yearly basis. Their employees also rent space for their recreational vehicles.

One of the top attractions at the fair is the auction of steers and hogs, which takes place at the Halley Hubbs Arena, and while “locals” have been big supporters of this event over the past 55 years, they have been joined recently by energy-relayed firms and others who support the youth of Marshall County

This year there were some 25 steers, 76 hogs and 25 lambs sold originally at the fair, but when you add in another 40 via resales, you have a very successful sale. Of course, I can’t forget there are a couple of other youth auctions, one being for market goats and market rabbits.

This year the sale of steers, hogs and lambs brought $269,242.65, which includes $30,004 in resales. The latter amount goes to the scholarship fund.

By the way, the steers brought an average of $3.35 per pound, while the lambs brought an average of $9.72 per pound and the hogs average per pound was $4.90.

The top five volume buyers were:

American Petroleum Partners, Otis Eastern, Young’s Cattle Co., Chapman Corp., and Dominion.

Back to the fair, I can’t forget those who are young at heart.” They clean up their antique tractors for everyone to see.

By the way, when I went to the steer auction, I noted a gentleman who was wearing a straw hat, and I knew right then who he was.

That person was none other than Bert Richmond, who was was one of the individuals were responsible for obtaining the current fair grounds.

Richmond was the main auctioneer at the fairgrounds for youth cattle auctions.

Richmond has been involved with cattle his entire life, starting as a youngster with 4-H dairy projects, and as a livestock auctioneer.

Richmond conducted countless auctions during his 64 years as a full-time auctioneer.

He is a past president of the Marshall County Fair Board, and a long-time member of the fair’s board of directors.

By the way, Richmond is 97 years of age.

A field of 51 took part in the 12th annual Honeywell Junior Golf Invitational this past Monday at the Moundsville Country Club, with five age divisions — four for boys and one for girls.

The boys 12 and under division was won by Campbell Koegler of Wheeling, with a 91. Andrew Pennybacker and Drew Wilson were second and third respectively, with 93 and 99 scores.

The 13-14 age group winner was Matthew Wilson of Lancaster, Pa., with a 74. His brother, Ben, was second with an 84, and Will Foster finished third with an 89.

Ryan Bilby of Brooke County had the best score of the day, a 73 in winning the 15-16 age division. Trey Blain of New Martinsville was second with a 77, while J.C. Maxwell finished with a 78.

Jacob Jeffries was the winner in the boys 17-18 division, followed by Derrick Harrison with a 84, and Ryan Campbell third with a 85.

In the girls division Cierra Knowlton of Sardis was the winner with an 85, followed by Libby Murrin with a 105, and Tabitha Straub with a 108.

Other participants were:

Boys 12-13 — Chandler Ash, Jasper Murrin, William Koegler, Abram Zuk, Landon Cook and Issak Nirami.

Boys 13-14 — Gavin Goodrich, Mason Orndorff, Nick Trischler, Luke Miller, Connor Blatt and Aiden Young.

Boys 15-16 — Payne Johnson, James Salvatori, Noah Seivertson, Alex Parker, Luke Krol, Scott Hancher, Matthew Douglas, Ethan Bethel, Peyton Carpenter, Trent Harris and Cody Grall.

Boys 17-18 — Colton Patrello, Dustin Beazel, Brendan Vucelich, Zachary Mazur, Matthew Mazur, Chase Stahanczyk, Ryan Waugh, Devon White, Brandon Neiswonger, Connor Combs and Cole Craft.

Girls 13-18 — Charissa Edgar and Brooke Chamberlain.

The event was free and open to all youths in the Ohio Valley. MCC pro Brian Hamrick and Don DeNoon expressed thanks to Honeywell International, and to the coaches and volunteers who made the tournament a great success. They are hoping to see everyone back next year.

Local historians Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson will make presentations on some of the incredible local women who helped shape history from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday at the Cockayne Farmstead on Wheeling Avenue, Glen Dale.

This will be the next-to-last “Hungry for History” program in the summer speaker series, which started this year.

The event is free and open to the public.

Those attending may bring their lunch if they desire. They can also bring a lawn chair. Refreshments will also be provided by the Cockayne Farmstead.

Monday is the deadline to register for the Marshall County/West Virginia University Extension Service sponsored Food Preservation Workshop to be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday at the extension office at 126 Barn Drive, Moundville

Participants will learn how to use a pressure canner, traditional water bath canner and the new electric water bath canner. They will practice proper preservation techniques and have samples to take home. They may also have their pressure canners inspected for safety and dial gauges checked for accuracy. To register call 304-843-1170.

I guess Christmas can’t be to far away, as a couple of Marshall County Chamber of Commerce committees will be meeting this month. One, the Tree Gala committee, will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Aug 14, and the other is the Christmas Parade committee at 1:30 p.m. on August 22. Both meetings will take place at the chamber office.

Howard Coffield informed the Marshall County Commissioners at the commissioner’s meeting this past Tuesday that the fall clean-up went well, county-wide, however, he did note that the Ohio River clean-up was not as successful as it has been, and that the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority might contact organizations prior to next year about the possibility of working on behalf of this endeavor.

The Marshall County Commission totally funds the Operation Pride clean-up, with the MCSWA carrying out this program.

The 20th annual First District American Legion Golf Tournament will be held on Aug. 18 at the Bec-Wood Golf Course in Rayland, Ohio.

The $40 per person entry fee will include cart and green fees, skin’s games and beverages, while for an additional $10, the golfers can have dinner at Earl Francis Post No. 3 in Moundville.

Registration will be at 8 a.m. at the golf clubhouse, at which time tee positions and other information will be available.

The format for the event is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

There will be awards for longest drive and closet to the pin. The Scramble pays first through third places.The tournament is open to anyone who wants to “Help Veterans to Help Veterans,” the event theme. Entry forms and fees are to be sent no later than Aug. 10. Checks are to made payable to the American Legion–First District.

The entries can be sent to Gary Wolfe, 1109 Logan St., McMechen, 26040 (304-233-3338), or they can drop off their entry format Earl Francis Post No. 3, Moundsville, attn: to Jake Koontz (304-845-3382).

The final High Mileage Checkpoint will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Riverside Park in McMechen.

Representatives from the Marshall County Assessor’s Office will be there to verify the vehicles’ mileage to determine if it is eligible for a deduction.

Anyone who might have more than one vehicle with high mileage need only to bring one vehicle to the checkpoint.

The Moundsville High School Class of 1968 will be holding a 50-year reunion picnic from 4-9 p.m., Friday at Shelter No. 2 at Grand Vue Park.

They have extended an open invitation to any member of the faculty from the former MHS.

Bill Harris dropped off the Cameron American Legion Post 18’s summer newsletter, which contained the 2018-19 officers, who are:

C. William Harris, commander; Hazen Pyle, first vice commander; Vernon Bunch, adjutant; Larry Hull, finance officer; Dave Rayle, chaplain; Dave Logan, assistant chaplain; Kenny Riggs, sergeant-at-arms; Bill Monohan, service officer; Rick Anderson, historian; John Kostra, amour; and Rick Davison, parliamentarian.

The post meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

The curtain will go up at 2 p.m., at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville for the final summer performance by local talent.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a horror comedy rock musical about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.

The production is directed by Jana Jarrett, with Justin Jones as musical director and Anna Harsh as choreographer

The cast includes J.J. Snider, Paige Madden, Michael Murphy, Dave Soltez, Rose Cunningham, Shannon Stout, Hailey Lewis, Adam Croasmun, Justice Robinson, Roy Williams, Merritt Craft and Chermayne Davis.

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