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Student-designed flag, ugly legs contest among firsts at fair

August 07, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - The sixth annual Morgan County Fair featured several firsts this year.

More than 3,000 people were expected to attend the event at Berkeley Springs High School.

Festivities began at 9 a.m. Saturday and finished with fireworks at 9 p.m. The fair reopened at noon Sunday.

Larry Lower, president of the Morgan County Fair Board, said attendance was good, and the trolley shuttle was filled with people on each trip from the parking area at Widmyer Elementary School, a short distance from the high school.

A Morgan County Fair flag was displayed for the first time during the opening ceremony.

The flag design combined by the artwork of two Morgan County students - Holly Payne, a sixth-grader at Warm Springs Middle School, and Serena Michael, a third-grader at Warm Springs Intermediate School. Each won $100 for her design.

Serena's design included the mountains, sky and the fair's name; Holly designed the area with the American flag and the eagle.

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A pet adoption clinic was added this year by the Morgan County Humane Society, and Morgan County Senior Life Services held games for the first time, including an "ugly leg contest," Lower said.

Also new to the fair was the alpaca exhibit by Rita Boell, owner of Briar Run Alpacas in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Dimitri and Rocky, two 1-year-old alpacas, seemed to enjoy all the attention, especially the food being fed to them by a steady stream of kids.

The history wagon exhibit from the West Virginia University Extension Service at Jackson's Mill, W.Va., returned this year.

Dressed in a mid-1800s costume, Dean Hardman, program coordinator for heritage programs at the Jackson's Mill extension office, showed children how to make candles and how to grind corn using an original corn grinder.

"It's going back in time," he said.

An 1893 restored Milburn wagon was on display, and Hardman said it held animal "skins, skulls and tracks" used to show how children how bartering was done and how to identify animals.

"We try to give the kids as much history as possible through a hands-on, fun experience," he said.

Lower said the Morgan County Fair in Paw Paw, W.Va., on Friday had a good turnout. The fair was expanded to include Paw Paw this year for the first time.

Lower said the Morgan County Fair Board is looking to expand to the eastern and southern parts of the county, as well.

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