Organizers of the Barbour County Fair hosted a media luncheon on Monday, following the fair’s opening ceremony over the weekend.
For more than 40 years now, the Barbour County Fair has been bringing family friendly entertainment to residents of the county. The fair this year will feature livestock exhibitions, carnival rides, and more. Organizers said it’s a long ways away from the fair’s 1976 beginning.
“It was downtown for years and years and years, ever since I was a little kid and before then. Well, then they decided to purchase these fairgrounds and make it a fairgrounds property and get it off of Main Street,” said 2nd Vice President Ron Schoonover.
Organizers aim to put something for everyone in the fair, and that means fun for the kids, and a wider variety of activities for the adults. The 2018 Fair Queen Tristen Furby said the annual event carries a lot of meaning for those who compete and show in it, too.
“I think the fair is really special for all the 4-H and then animal lovers here. It’s a time that they all get together, and they all show what they really love,” said Furby.
And whether it’s the rides, the animals, or the company, organizers said they want to be sure the fair isn’t just an entertainment event, but something that people have a stake in.
”You know, some people are just a fair, and I don’t mean this detrimentally, but they’re a fair out there just trying to make a buck to get their fair on next year. We’re here working with the people,” Schoonover said.