T&C Days Rocks Wetzel County Fair Grounds
By, Ed Parsons, Editor
The Wetzel County Town and Country Days was a huge success once again. Visitors from Wetzel County and through out the state, including Ohio, converged up on the 4-H grounds for six days of fun and excitement.
If you were a first time attendee or a regular for many years you had to enjoy the many activities for young and old. Camping out at Town and Country Days has become a tradition for generations and this year was no exception as camping space was not easy to come by. The early morning breakfasts at the Mollohan Center, was served daily to the delight of many eary birds. Nothing beats a good home cooked breakfast of sausage and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes.
During the day and late into the afternoon food stands were cranking out hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, fries, funnel cakes and many other treats.
If you came for dinner you weren’t dissapointed either. Nothing tastes better than fair food. Cotton Candy and Candy Apples always draw the young folks and homemade Ice Cream, popcorn, and shave ice are a few other specialties.
However, food wasn’t the only reason to attend this years event. They had a little bit of everything! From ATV Motorcross racing, Baked Goods Auction, Queen Contests, the Midway and Deshler Amusements, to Nightly entertainment. It was a fair you didn’t want to miss.
Kids of all ages took part in the activities, and if you couldn’t find something to do you were’nt looking. Animals were on display and judging competitions were held nearly every night. Patrick Grady a well known Hypnotist put a spell on many as he dazzled the crowd. Tuesday was the 4-H showmanship and horse demo plus dinner by the Refuge Church. The WV Steel Drum Band performed with an appearance by the WVU Mascot. The Davisson Brothers Band closed out the evening with a great concert.
On Wednesday, the FFA/4-H Livestock Judging competition was held, there was the fun horse show, Side by Side Drag Racing, Gary Tuttle and the Country Band performed and drawing for prizes were held. Thursday was senior day with any one 65 and up receiving free admission while enjoying senior activities. Apple Butter making was held and a Euchre Tournament took place at the Mollahan Center. Dinner was served by the Shortline Lions Club and a Rodeo was part of the evening entertainment. The FFA/4-H Clubs held and Auction and a Fly Fishing Workshop took place at the Gamble Shelter. Magnolia and Paden City Tespians put on a performance followed by entertainment from Garnett Shulta and Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodriguez. Drawing closed out the evening.
Friday was a fun packed day as well with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Another performance by the Magnolia and Paden City Thespians took place and Dinner was again served by the Refuge Chuch. Deshler Amusements filled the Mid-Way with lines waiting to enjoy the rides. The Fun Horse Show and Horse Demo were part of the evening entertainment followed by the 4×4 Truck Pull, always a big hit. The Ebert Brothers Band took the stage at 7:30 until 9 p.m. followed by Dylan Schneider an ever popular up and coming star.
Big time entertainer Tracy Lawrence drew a large crowd to the grounds on Saturday as they packed it in for his 9 p,m, performance. Saturday is always the most fun packed day of the fair and this year proved to be the same. Breakfast kicked off the day followed by a couple hours of children’s games. There were appearances from Spider-Man, Iron Man and Snow Bird.
Teen games for kids 13-17 were also held during the morning. The always special Pretty Baby Contest was held at noon. Horse shoe pitching began at 1 p.m. and the Carnival Matinee by Deshler Amusements was from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The ATV & BIKE drag race was Saturday, plus Saturday night was the annual Teen Dance from 9-11. Following the dance the fair closed for the 2019 season. Plans are now underway for a bigger and better event in 2020.