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A TRUE BELLE – Betty Wagner, who represented Hancock County in 2019 as a Belle at the West Virginia State Folk Festival, was among those on hand at the Hancock County Oldtime Fair. Wagner is a member of the county’s Community Education Outreach Service, and showcased several of the group’s activities.
— Craig Howell

NEW MANCHESTER – It was a weekend of old-fashioned fun and activities as residents gathered at Tomlinson Run State Park for the Hancock County Oldtime Fair.

The Hancock County Fair doesn’t have the big rides and flashy attractions of other events, instead offering a few days of community camaraderie and traditional activities reflective of the area’s history.

“We’re trying to just stick with the old-time feel,” explained fair board President Roger Stewart.

For an admission of only $2 per person, visitors were able to browse a selection of local vendors, selling everything from handmade crafts to honey candy, learn about a variety of area organizations, listen to some live music or watch the annual Barnyard Olympics.

There were pie eating contests, cookie contests and activities for the youth, as well.

A handful of food vendors also were on site, offering up hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, ice cream and more. Stewart said one thing the fair board guarantees is there won’t be multiple booths selling the same items.

“We don’t want to double up on anything,” Stewart said. “We want everybody to make a little bit.”

Among those making their way around the fairgrounds was Betty Wagner, who was the 2019 Belle representing Hancock County at the West Virginia State Folk Festival.

A member of Hancock County’s Community Educational Outreach Service, part of the WVU Extension Office, Wagner was helping to showcase some of the programs and activities of the CEOS, which includes volunteering at area events and fundraising for various causes in the county.

“We get a call, we try to help,” she said, noting recent fundraisers for scholarships and for a youth battling cancer.

Wagner also was promoting the canning and dehydration classes offered through CEOS, which are offered at Camp Aura.

The fair opened Friday with a bike night, which Stewart said featured around 25 motorcycles. Saturday focused on big trucks, and Sunday set up a classic car show.

Hancock County Schools also had its Storybook Café bus on hand, which travels throughout the county during the summer offering learning activities for local youth.

Tents were set up to showcase historical and agricultural displays depicting Hancock County’s past.

Stewart said anyone interested in information about the fair, or the fair board, can contact him at [email protected]



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