New venue opens at Jefferson Co. fair

August 22, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

LEETOWN, W.Va. - People headed to the 54th annual Jefferson County Fair this week will get to enjoy a new expanded area at the rear of the property which fair officials say is a better venue to view events like bull riding, tractor pulls and the demolition derby.

The fair along Leetown Pike, which opened Sunday and runs through Saturday, was able to acquire roughly 20 acres for expansion, said fair spokesman Locke Wysong.

The expansion took in an area where about 20 feet of dirt was removed and used to cap the former Jefferson County Landfill nearby when it was closed, Wysong said.

The low area made it an ideal spot to stage events like the bull riding, tractor pulls and demolition derby, Wysong said.


In other parts of the fair property where the events were held, officials were concerned that people were able to get too close to the events and fair officials felt that a safer place needed to be designated for the attractions.

"That's been my biggest push for the last 10 years," fair president Bob Gruber said Monday.

The events will now be held in the low area and seating is offered on a hill above. Some bleachers have been installed at the site and patrons are also being encouraged to bring blankets to the events there this week to sit on, Wysong said.

Some lighting has been installed in the area and there are plans to increase the lighting, Gruber said.

The new area will be available for four nights of entertainment this week including the demolition derby today at 7:30 p.m., bull riding at 8 p.m. Thursday and a tractor and four-wheel-drive pull Friday at 6:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Today's events

10 a.m. - swine judging

3 p.m. - Exhibit buildings open

6 p.m. - Carnival area opens

6:30 p.m. - 4-H, FFA and FCCLA bake auction

7:30 p.m. - Figure 8 demolition derby

8:30 p.m. - Watermelon eating contest

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