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W.Va. youth fair all set to go

August 04, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A line of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles hauling livestock trailers wound its way down Flaggs Crossing Road Sunday and into the dusty gravel parking lots of the fairgrounds as animals and exhibits were prepared for the 50th Anniversary Berkeley County Youth Fair.

With an hour left before the 4 p.m. deadline to register, youths from across the county had hauled in almost 100 cows and steers, 70 lambs and sheep and more than 50 hogs. There were also horses, goats, scores of rabbits, chickens, turkeys - and Tugger and Whiteout, two llamas registered by Kiya Kauffman of Martinsburg.

For half a century young people up to the age of 21 have been displaying their skills at everything from raising and showing livestock to tractor driving. Scores of 4-H and FFA members will be there today through Friday hoping to win a ribbon or trophy. Thousands more will watch the judging, or enjoy the carnival rides, food and entertainment.


In the early years the Baby Beef Show was held behind an A&P and exhibits were under a tent in a parking lot near Martinsburg High School. It later moved to land outside of town owned by the Berkeley County Farm Bureau and leased to the Youth Association.

Tractor pulls began with boys settling the best tractor argument by hitching them back-to-back in a tug-o-war.

"Fortunately it was stopped before either someone was hurt or damage to dad's tractor," former fair President Glenn Welsh wrote in this year's program.

The fair is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Outdoor exhibits open at 9 a.m. and indoor exhibits at noon. After 4 p.m. admission is $3 for those 13 and up.

The carnival opens at 6 each evening. On Tuesday and Friday fairgoers can ride all night for $9.

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