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Manchin helps kick off Berkeley County Youth Fair

August 05, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Youth Fair officials believe West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's visit Monday was a first.

The 61st annual Berkeley County Youth Fair officially began Monday, and Manchin took time to meet and talk with people, visit goats and cows, cut a ribbon and check out the tractors.

Youth Fair President Steve Linton said he believed it was the first time a governor attended the youth fair.

"At least not for the last 27 years at this location," he said.

Manchin handed out certificates of recognition to all 29 participants in the Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair contest.

Manchin told the participants, "the organizations you belong to are made of the best citizens and promote the best character."

He said the camaraderie and the "friendships you make will stay with you."

Brandy Orsini, 18, was crowned Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair Queen on Saturday. She said it was "an honor to receive the title." Orsini said she is studying business at Shepherd University.

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Her court members are Kayla Butler, 15, who is in the 10th grade at Musselman High School; Amanda Chapman, 18, who will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan College; Amanda Raney, 20, who said she has been a member of the court three times and is taking online college courses; and Sara Orr, 18, who will be attending West Virginia University in the fall.

Barb Frankenberry and Charlotte Shade co-chair the Miss Youth Fair contest. Frankenberry said they have co-chaired the event for 30 years.

The queen and her court "are well-rounded young women," she said. "They are articulate; they can communicate and are well-poised. They have a good knowledge of the fair and must be a member of one of our youth organizations," Frankenberry said.

Manchin officially opened the new 4-H concession building by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

The 4-H building will cost about $30,000, said Jingles Kisner, the building chairman of the 4-H Leaders' Association.

Jeff Manor, the Berkeley Co. 4-H Leaders' Association president, said they need to raise $10,000 to complete the building cost.

He said more than 4,500 members make up the 26 4-H Clubs in the county. He said there are close to 500 volunteers.

Kisner said any funds made at the concession building will support the 4-H Clubs.

"We have a vision to make the children prosper, build character and make the better best," Kisner said.




If you go ...



What: Berkeley County Youth Fair

When: Through Saturday

Where: Berkeley County Fairgrounds on Golf Course Road

For directions and a complete list of events at this week's fair, go to www.berkeleycountyyouthfair.org.

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