POINT PLEASANT —The Mason County Fair begins on Monday.
Brian Billings of the fair board and fair entertainment committee, said a lot of effort has gone into getting the grounds looking “great.” In addition, work has been done to the livestock barns and an effort has begun to “spruce up” the main exhibit building. In addition, free Wi-Fi will be available on the fair grounds this year courtesy of Suddenlink.
You have to be there to experience it, according to Billings who said the fair has been receiving a lot of calls about their entertainment lineup this year. Of course, closing out the fair on Saturday, Aug. 9 is country music superstar, John Michael Montgomery who takes the stage at 9 p.m.
“We’re looking for a huge crowd for John Michael Montgomery,” Billings said, comparing the buzz for that show to past hit fair performances by Tracy Lawrence and the Charlie Daniels Band.
In addition, the fair is receiving a lot of calls and anticipation for performances by country singer songwriter Eric Paslay who performs at 9 p.m. Aug. 7 and county music hit maker Steve Holy who performs at 9 p.m. Aug. 8. Fans of rock and roll are also looking forward to a performance by Draw The Line, an Aerosmith tribute band which comes with the endorsement of Steven Tyler - the group performs at 9 p.m., Aug. 6.
The fair uses Brinkley Entertainment of Walnut Cove, N.C. as their carnival ride provider. Billings said this is a “great organization” which is bringing some new items with them for the midway this year.
Also, expect familiar vendors to return offering some great food for great causes and as Billings points out, many of these organizations use their time at the fair as an important fund raising opportunity to support these local causes.
Billings, who has been with the fair since 1978, said it’s great to give back to this event that gives back to locals and helps instill a sense of home, volunteerism and tradition.
“We need to get back to days of taking care of one another and our fair is a great place to teach that,” Billings said.
Monday’s schedule is as follows: 9 a.m. fair opens; 10:30 a.m., Youth 4-H Horse Show; noon, Balloon Sandwich; 4:45 p.m., Jason Eades Memorial Scholarship Award; 5 p.m. Market Hog Show, Little Mister and Miss Mason County contest; 6 p.m., Motorcycle/ATV Motocross; 7:45 p.m., Fair Dedication; 8 p.m., Fair Queen Contest; 9:30 p.m., Greasy Pig catch; 11 p.m., gates close.