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Fair has more for Morgan County

August 02, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Fiber artists and quilters, baked goods, decorated vegetables, and ice cream and watermelon contests all are part of this weekend's Morgan County Fair.

But this year, there was more.

"We have more vendors and exhibits, and the moon bounce is here for the kids," said Larry Lower, president of the Morgan County Fair Board.

Live music performances were held on the outside stage close to the concession stands, where tented seating and tables were available. At the same time, live music was being played inside the Berkeley Springs High School auditorium.

In addition, Jill Klein Rone, a strolling accordion player with the New World Theater Company, performed her "Act Accordingly" while strolling the grounds.

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Klein Rone played a waltz especially for local residents Margaret and Mark Hill and their son, Drew, 3, who was taken with her music as well as her red hat.

Ethan Wilson, 5, of Berkeley Springs, said he was having a good time Saturday.

His mother, Angela Wilson said Ethan is a 4-H Explorer. He was excited about going to play in the moon bounce.

"I like coming to the fair to see old friends," said Mike Hagstad of Great Cacapon, W.Va. Hagstad said he won three blue ribbons this year for wood crafting. One, an inlaid pill box of walnut and yellow and purple heart wood, won Best in Show.

"I want to thank the judges, but I don't know who they are," he said.

The fair board honored Norman Dean as this year's Volunteer of the Year. Dean, a Master Gardener who organized the horticulture exhibits, has been helping with the fair for eight years.

"I think other people have done more than I have," said Dean, who is treasurer of the Morgan County Fair Board. "It's a great honor."

Lower said more than 2,500 people are expected to attend the fair this weekend.




If you go



What: Morgan County Fair

When: Today, fair opens at noon

Where: Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) High School

For information, go to www.morgancounty-wv.org/Fair/Fair-Home.htm

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