Wise makes pit stop at Jefferson County Fair

August 20, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

LEETOWN, W.Va. - Gov. Bob Wise paid a visit to Jefferson County Monday, but there was nothing serious on the agenda. Just a couple hours set aside to enjoy life in the country.

The setting was the Jefferson County Fair off Leetown Pike, or as Wise referred to it, "a free-floating town meeting."

Wise took his time walking through sheep, cattle and swine barns, talking with owners of the animals about their operations, food or whatever.

Wise said he enjoys coming to such community events from time to time to talk to people about whatever is on their mind.


"I try to spend several hours at a lot of the county fairs," said Wise, dressed in cowboy boots and sporting a 50th anniversary Jefferson County Fair hat that was handed to him when he arrived.

A group of children officially welcomed Wise to the fair when he arrived in the late afternoon, and the governor took several minutes to shake hands and have his picture taken with local residents and dignitaries.

The temperature climbed to 92 degrees, but there was no stopping this celebration.

Citizens Volunteer Fire Co. members labored over a hot barbecue pit full of roast beef and people at the fair shared their food freely.

Mary Cogle invited Wise, a Democrat, to try some of her teriyaki chicken.

Local Democratic officials and Democratic candidates for office watched as Wise took Cogle up on the offer.

"That's good cooking over there, governor," said Michael Cassell, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.

Wise agreed.

"I'll see you later," Wise said to Cassell.

The teriyaki chicken was the creation of Deana Thorsell of Charles Town, Cogle said.

Cogle said she and her friends always cook food for the fair and bring it out to feed friends and "anybody that goes by."

"We feed a lot of people here every year," said Cogle, of Charles Town.

The fair continues through Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for ages 6 to 15. Children younger than 6 are admitted free.

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