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Fair adds hands-on painting because 'everyone is an artist'

August 05, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The president of the board of the Morgan County Fair expects more than 3,000 people to attend the seventh annual event this weekend.

"It looks like it's going to be a great weekend and good fair weather," fair board President Larry Lower said.

Held on the grounds and inside Berkeley Springs High School, exhibits and events from the antique tractor pull to the 4-H cake auction began Saturday and were scheduled to end Saturday night with fireworks.

The fair reopens today at noon.

Outdoor music was new to the fair this year, and more tented areas were available to get out of the sun. The weather is expected to be cooler today, Lower said.

The Morgan Arts Council was a new exhibitor this year. "Morgan County Paints" had four large white art boards available for anyone to paint on them, said Mary Hott, executive director of the arts council.

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Artists were available to assist nonartists.

"Everyone is an artist in Morgan County," artist Patti Miller said. "That's all there is to it."

Hott said the boards will be displayed at the Ice House and at community organizations, such as the senior center.

Levi Ellis, a member of Berkeley Springs Boy Scout Troop 12, was selling water and soda at the fair along with other troop members. Money raised from the sale helps fund the troop's year-round activities such as white-water rafting and winter camping, said Denise McCready, whose husband, Michael, is the troop scoutmaster.

Levi, 12, said he especially likes the one-week summer camping trip in Gore, Va.

Ace and Boo, two miniature horses from Berkeley Springs' Sleepylighthouse Farm, also were at the fair. They were a hit with Jennifer Waugh, 6 and Tiffany Waugh, 2.

"I like both of them," Jennifer said. "They're cute."

Barbara Bailey was named the fair's Volunteer of the Year at Saturday's opening ceremonies.

"I'm just delighted," she said.

Bailey, who has lived in Morgan County for 20 years, is the fair's fundraising coordinator. She also is a member of the Community Education Outreach Service.

If you go

What: Morgan County Fair

When: Today, noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Berkeley Springs High School, U.S. 522 South

Free parking is available at Widmyer Elementary School, which is next to the high school. A shuttle bus will take people to and from the schools.

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