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Marshall Memo: Marshall County Fair Making Its 2021 Return on July 18

It’s July which means that the Marshall County Fair will be taking place this month. It will be held from July 18 through July 24.

Of course, everyone should know that last year’s scheduled fair was canceled due to COVID-19, although the youth were able to sell their different market animals which they had raised thanks to Marshall County Health Department Administrator Tom Cook, and Gov. Jim Justice.

According to Fair Board president Beth Bertram, this year’s Fair will revert back to the same as that of the 2019, meaning that the same type of attractions will be offered at the same time and date as previous years. Of course, one of these attractions will be a Carnival on the grounds Tuesday through Saturday,

One of the major changes this year is that of the musical entertainment on the final evening. This year’s attraction will be Travis Denning who will appear on the Festival Stage. The opening band will be “Crazy Horse,” a Moundsville musical group.

In addition to the Festival Stage other locations utilized on the fairgrounds will be the Williams Grandstand, Heritage Hall, Halley Hubbs Arena, the Horse Ring, the Midway, the Picnic Shelter, and the 4-H and FFA Building.

There also will be a Pet Show open to the public, a skillathon and giant Sundae all on Sunday. Although the 4-H Dog Show, 4-H FFA and Open Rabbit Judging, meat/market goat judging will all be on Monday morning and afternoon, the fair officially begins at 6:15 p.m. July 18 with a ribbon cutting and flag raising at the Festival Stage.

Senior Citizens and Veterans will have free admission on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There will also be free admission on Wednesday for youngsters 12 years of age and under.

Cameron Elementary School staff members along with personnel from the Marshall County School Board office, and other school personnel have for nearly two weeks been disposing of items damaged by flood waters that made its way into the first floor of the school.

School superintendent Shelby Haines said this past week that the wooden floors on the first floor will have to be replaced in the classrooms, office, gymnasium, and kitchen.

She said that the next step will be to order items to replace those damaged with the hope that these items will arrive in time for the reopening of the school in late August.

Not only was the elementary school hit by the flooding, but so was the turf at Cameron High School football field.

Haines said that hopefully the turf was not damaged to any great extent, but that will be determined following an inspection by personnel from the firm from which the turf was purchased and installed.

Haines did note that during installation drain pipes were placed under the turf to provide better underground runoff.

The first of the 10 streets to be resurfaced in the city of Moundsville was completed this past week, that being Tomlinson Avenue from 1st Street to 10th Street. The firm doing the work hopes to complete the project by July 10th.

Another in a series of “Wander Out Wednesday” will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday along Jefferson Avenue from Second to Fifth Streets in Moundsville.

There will be food trucks and music provided by Mark Palmer.

This past week’s presentation of “Captain Sam Brady: Odysseus of the American Revolution,” was presented by local author and historian Joe Roxby of Wheeling at noon Thursday as a continuation of the “Hungry for History Summer Speaker Series!” held at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale.

A lesser known character of the American Revolution, Capt. Brady was reintroduced to popular history with the publication of the best selling novel, “That Dark and Bloody River,” in 1994.

Those in attendance heard the complete story of this hero who fought in the American Revolution from its earliest days at Boston in 1775 until its final conclusion at Fallen Timbers.

Speaking of the Cockayne Farmstead, next Saturday is the deadline to obtain goat raffle tickets and sending in names for the goat itself.

Raffle tickets for the goat and naming of the goat are available at the Cockayne Farmstead Visitors Center located next door to the Cockayne Farmstead, and at all Marshall County Historical Society events.

Those wishing to send in a name for the goat can do so by mail, phone, email, Facebook message, on a scrap of paper, or via carrier pigeon if just so happens a person has this type of pigeon.

The person whose goat name is picked will receive a Cockayne Farmstead T-shirt and a calendar. As to the goat raffle, proceeds from the sale will benefit the preservation of the Cockayne House, and the community programs put on for all ages throughout the year.

Anyone wishing more information pertaining to these two undertakings can call the Farmstead at 304-845-1411, or by email at cockaynehouse@gmail.com


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