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Mannington District Fair Benefits City Economically

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MANNINGTON -

The Mannington District Fair brings more than 50,000 people from all over the United States to the small city in just a week's time.

People come to enjoy shows, rides, and vendors all while supporting the community at the same time.

"They're shopping downtown. They are buying their groceries. They are going to the local feed store to get feed for their animals. Hay and things like that," said Rana Taylor, Mannington Main Street. "Everybody supports each other and without that, we wouldn't be able to have events like this."

The fair has been around for more than 80 years and is considered one of the largest in the state.

"Anytime an event brings in over 50,000 people it's definitely a change for the community, but we seem to adapt to it pretty well," Taylor said.

For first time visitors, the city is leaving a lasting impression.

"First of all, I don't think people realize how blessed they are to wake up in the morning and be able to turn around and see trees all around them," said Victor Kent, entertainer. "This is relaxing. This is wonderful."

Mannington Main Street said the fair benefits the city economically.

"They don't see the impact that is has on a community. They are supporting your businesses and its creating an event that shows us off. It shows we are active as a community," Taylor said.

The Kent family travels to fairs all over the country and said they give their business to the mom and pop shops in the small towns.

"We try to spend our money in the towns that we come into. We know that we are kind of setting an example. I'm kind of a hypocrite when I go up on stage and say 'support your local sponsors' then I go off to Walmart and buy everything," Kent said.

If you haven't come out to the Mannington District Fair, you still have time. It kicked off on Monday and will last until Saturday, August 10.