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Morgan County wraps up annual fair

August 02, 2004|by RYAN NICHOLSON/Staff Correspondent

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Rains that postponed the fireworks display on Saturday night held off for the final day of the Morgan County Fair at Berkeley Springs High School on Sunday.

The two-day fair, "A Celebration of Community Spirit," was an overall success despite Saturday's rain and Sunday's heat and humidity, said fair president Larry Lower of Berkeley Springs.

"I think this will be the best one we've had so far," said Lower.

Lower said some fairgoers said they were happy to see that the fair was moved to the high school - last year's fair took place at W. Ralph Widmyer Elementary School - and that fairgoers were pleased with the expanded offerings of this year's fair.

One of the more exotic aspects of the fair was provided by Flights End Raptor Center of Hagerstown. Cindy McGee, of Hagerstown, brought a barred owl, a red-tail hawk, a screech owl and an American kestrel.

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This was McGee's second year at the fair. She said a few hundred people had stopped by to see the birds and learn about the educational program offered by Flights End about birds of prey that cannot be released back into the wild.

Other fair events included a Civil War encampment, a tractor show and a quilt display and workshop provided by Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild.

The fair also featured musical entertainment, arts and crafts and a dog show.

Christine Chambers, of Berkeley Springs, entered her German shepherd, Vex Copper Skye, in the basic obedience category. She said it was her first year participating in the show.

Other categories in the dog show were a dog/owner look alike, best dressed, best singer and best trick.

Louis and Dolores Rollins, of Hancock, wandered out of the main building of the high school to check out some of the outdoor activities on the hot and muggy Sunday.

"We've seen everything that's here so far that's inside," said Dolores.

She said she particularly enjoyed the arts and crafts displays.

Asked what he enjoyed the most, Louis Rollins quipped, "The air conditioning."

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