POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Fair, West Virginia’s largest county fair, begins this Monday.
Visitors to the fair grounds just north of Point Pleasant will see a newly painted main stage and some major work done on the large commercial building which has all new booths this year.
Entertainment for this year includes Ricky Atkinson and Compassion (gospel) at 9 p.m., Tuesday; Crush (a Bon Jovi tribute band) at 9 p.m., Wednesday; Gene Watson (classic country) at 9 p.m., Thursday; Mark Wills (country) at 9 p.m., Friday; the Swon Brothers (country) at 9 p.m., Saturday.
Other popular events include the garden tractor pull at 7 p.m. Monday; the antique tractor pull at 6 p.m. Tuesday; the demolition derby/riding lawnmower derby/power wheels at 7 p.m. Wednesday; farm stock tractor pull and diesel truck at 7 p.m., Thursday; super stock trucks/tractors/modified stock trucks at 7 p.m., Friday; motorcycle/ATV motocross at 5 p.m., Saturday.
There are also well over 300 livestock projects being shown by 4H and FFA members who will be showing dairy cows, steers, heifers, commercial feeder calves, lambs, goats, hogs and lambs. The annual livestock sale is at 11 a.m. on Friday. Equine lovers will also be able to take in the 4H horse show which starts at 10:30 a.m. on Monday with the horse fun show at 9 a.m., Saturday. The local CEOS organization will also host a demonstration at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the junior building with Extension Agent Rodney Wallbrown.
A fundraiser for the new dining hall at the county 4H camp will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday in the show ring. This will include a cake auction and a picnic table made at the 4H camp being auctioned off during the event with proceeds to benefit the dining hall fund.
The Mason County Fair Queen pageant will rule the fair’s main stage on Monday with the popular pageant beginning at 8 p.m. The Little Mister and Little Miss Mason County Contest is at 5 p.m., Monday on the main stage and the Pretty Baby Contest is at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Admission is $8 per day with children under two getting in for free. Seasons passes are on sale for $25 at local businesses but will not be sold after the fair begins. On Wednesday, admission is $5 until 3 p.m. and senior citizens over the age of 60 are admitted to the fair for free on Tuesday.
A complete listing of Monday’s fair events includes:
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 showmanship followed by market hog show, Little Mister and Little Miss Mason County on the main stage; 7 p.m., garden tractor pull; 7:45 p.m., fair dedication; 8 p.m., Mason County Fair Queen Contest on main stage, includes Annette Hanes Award and Brandy Barkey Sweeney Community Service Award; 9:30 p.m., greasy pig; 11 p.m., gates close.
(Editor’s Note: The Point Pleasant Register will be adding special “fair wraps” which will include extra pages to its daily editions to showcase fair events and highlights.)
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