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Marshall Memo: County Fair Gets Underway; Bus Drivers Take Honors

A flag-raising/ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m. Monday on the Festival Stage of the Marshall County Fairgrounds to kick off the 74th annual Marshall County Fair.

Taking part in the ceremony will be fair officials, Marshall County commissioners, city of Moundsville representatives and members of the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

Following the ceremony will be the queens pageants at the same location.

There will be four pageants: Jr. Miss (7-9), Pre-Teens (10-12), Teen (13-15) and Queen (16-21). Overall there will be 29 contestants.

Prior to the opening ceremonies, the junior king and queen event will be at 3:30 p.m., also at the Festival Stage. This event is for youngsters ages 4-6 with 18 participating in this year’s pageant.

Fair-goers will notice the lighting at the fairgrounds has been improved, and that there is a new roof on the Halley Hubbs Arena. The previous roof was damaged by a storm last year.

A new event at this year’s fair will be ATV Drag Races held on Wednesday night.

There will be youth and adult races in 20 dirt bike and ATV classes.

Registration will take place from 2-5 p.m. with races starting at 6 p.m.

A new carnival ride provider, “Fun Time Family Amusement” from Virginia, will be on the grounds this year. Daytime Carnival rides will be on Wednesday and Saturday, and evenings from Tuesday through Saturday.

Daily attractions will include those housed in the Chevron Exhibitors’ Hall; Heritage Hall, which will display antique tractors and military memorabilia; 4-H and FFA exhibitors; aerial and acrobatics; Ready, Set, Grow; and STEM activities.

General daily admission will be $10 for those 3 and older.

From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday it will be Senior Citizens and Veterans Day at the Fair with free admission for everyone in these two categories.

Also, free admission will be offered on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for those 12 years of age and under.

The annual Marshall County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Halley Hubbs Arena.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be assisting the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association Convention by collecting donations of door prizes and souvenir coupons for goodie bags for delegates and attendees.

To donate items, they can be dropped off to Scott Reager at the chamber office or contact WVFSA Convention Committee member Paula Smith at 304-559-4236 and arraignments will be made to pick up any donations.

The convention dates are Aug. 10-13 in Marshall County.

A Mountaineer Foodbank Giveaway will take place from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m Wednesday at the Mobile Food Pantry to be held at the Blue & Gold Christian Center in Cameron.

The pantry is open to all Marshall County residents.

For more information, call the center at 304-686-2422.

Two Marshall County School Bus Drivers, Kenny Richmond and Mark Miller, placed first and second respectively in the “Small Bus” category at the 45th annual West Virginia School Bus Safety contest co-hosted by the West Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation.

The 16th annual Honeywell Junior Golf Invitational will take place July 25 at the Moundsville Country Club.

It will be a free event sponsored by Honeywell Corp. and the Moundsville Country Club.

Contestants must be between the ages of 8-18.

Registration will be between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. The format calls for 18 hole stroke play event with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded to the top juniors in each age division. The expected flights being 12 and under, 13 and 14, 15 and 16, and 17-18. Also, there will be a girls’ division if there are enough female participants.

The field will be limited to 108 players.

Entries can be sent to or dropped off at Moundsville C.C. in care of Brian Hamric, whose address is 128 Country Club Drive, Moundsville WV 26041.

Spectator carts may be secured for $20.

Members of the Moundsville Woman’s Club state that the theme for their used book sale will be “Back and Better Than Ever!”

As to the sale, it will take place on Monday and Tuesday at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library at 700 Fifth St., in Moundsville. The hours both days being 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Items will range from 25 cents to $1 an item, or $3 for a bag of books. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Those wishing for additional information can call 304-845-6911.


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