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Berkeley County Youth Fair opens in W.Va.

July 29, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Joseph Collis of Bunker Hill took second place in the senior division of the Watermelon Eating Contest last year's at the Berkeley County Youth Fair.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- This year's Berkeley County Youth Fair promises the usual county fair pageantry of animals, rides, look-what-I-can-do contests and plenty of food.

But organizers said there are some fresh additions -- as in a chocolate pie-eating contest and a concert Saturday, Aug. 7, by the Carter Twins.

Entering its 63rd year, the Berkeley County Youth Fair opens Saturday, July 31, with the crowning of a new Miss Youth Fair.

The fair continues through Aug. 7.

Fair publicity chair Becky Daniel said the youth fair fetches 3,000 to 5,000 attendees a night. She said the biggest draws are the truck and tractor pulls, bull-riding show and demolition derby in the track area. The food-eating contests are also back -- in this case, ice cream and watermelon will provide food fodder for contestants.

The chocolate pie-eating contest will replace the doughnut-eating contest from prior years.

"The kids were choking on the doughnuts," said Betty Kane, eating contest chairwoman.

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The Carter Twins, a pair of 20-year-old pop-country singers, are the top-billed live act and will perform in the amphitheater on the last night of the fair. Other entertainment includes performances by The Hubcaps and Hedgesville High School marching band.

Here are highlights from this year's schedule:

Saturday, July 31

6:30 p.m. -- Opening ceremonies, indoor arena. Welcome by Dean McDonald, president of the Berkeley County Youth Fair board, and remarks from master of ceremony Michael T. Myers. Miss Youth Fair 2010 will be crowned.

Sunday, Aug. 1

Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission, $5; free for youths 12 or younger. Carnival opens 6:30 p.m, all-you-can-ride wrist bands cost $18.

Indoor arena

7 p.m. -- Vespers program, Trinity United Methodist Church

7:30 p.m. -- Hedgesville High School marching band performs

8:30 p.m. -- Lauryn Snapp, "Hometown Idol" contest winner, performs

Track area

7 p.m. --Truck and tractor pull

Monday, Aug. 2

Gates open at noon. Admission, $5; free for youths 12 or younger. Carnival opens 6 p.m, all-you-can-ride wrist bands cost $18. Indoor exhibits open at 1 p.m.; commercial exhibits open at 5 p.m.

Indoor arena

7 p.m. -- 4-H style show

Track area

7 p.m. -- Truck and tractor pull

Tuesday, Aug. 3

Gates open at noon. Admission, $5; free for youths 12 or younger. Carnival opens 6 p.m., all-you-can-ride wrist bands cost $15, as part of a special. Indoor exhibits open at noon; commercial exhibits open at 5 p.m.

Indoor arena

5 p.m. --Ice cream-eating contest

7 p.m. -- Livestock Jeopardy

8 p.m. -- Cow-chip bingo

Wednesday, Aug. 4

Gates open at noon. Admission, $5; free for youths 12 or younger. Carnival opens 6 p.m., all-you-can-ride wrist bands cost $18. Indoor exhibits open at noon; commercial exhibits open at 5 p.m.

Indoor arena

6 p.m. -- Chocolate pie-eating contest

Amphitheater

8 p.m. -- The Hubcaps

Thursday, Aug. 5

Gates open at noon. Admission, $5; free for youths 12 or younger. Carnival opens 6 p.m., all-you-can-ride wrist bands cost $18. Indoor exhibits open at noon; commercial exhibits open at 5 p.m.

Indoor arena

6 p.m. -- Watermelon eating contest

Amphitheater

6 p.m. -- Jeff Krick, Elvis tribute artist

Track area

8 p.m. -- Bull riding

Friday, Aug. 6

Gates open at noon. Admission, $5; free for youths 12 or younger. Carnival opens 6 p.m., all-you-can-ride wrist bands cost $18. Indoor exhibits open at noon; commercial exhibits open at 5 p.m.

Horse arena

2 p.m. -- Horse costume contest

Indoor arena

10 a.m. -- Barnyard Olympics

5:30 p.m. -- Celebrity milking contest

Track area

8 p.m. -- Flat track enduro, figure-eight derby

Saturday, Aug. 7

Gates open at noon. Admission, $5; free for youths 12 or younger. Carnival opens 4 p.m., all-you-can-ride wrist bands cost $18. Commercial exhibits open at 5 p.m.

Indoor exhibit hall

Noon to 10 p.m. -- Craft and vendor exhibits

Amphitheater

7 p.m. -- The Carter Twins

Track area

8 p.m. -- Demolition derby




If you go ...



WHAT: 63rd annual Berkeley County Youth Fair

WHEN: Saturday, July 31, to Saturday, Aug. 7

WHERE: Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds, off Country Club Road, Berkeley County, W. Va.

COST: $5 admission; free admission for youths 12 and younger. Fair admission fee does not include cost to ride the carnival rides.

MORE: For the full schedule, go to http://www.berkeleycountyyouthfair.org .




OMG! The Carter Twins will be at the Youth Fair!



Read as the Carter Twins open up about newfound fame, dating and what they plan to play when they come to Martinsburg, W.Va. The interview will be in Thursday's Weekend Entertainment Guide on Thursday, Aug. 5.

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