Wirt County Fair opens Wednesday

ELIZABETH – The annual Wirt County Fair will be Wednesday through Saturday at Camp Barbe 4-H Camp along West Virginia 14 in Wirt County, featuring four days of entertainment, activities, track events, carnival rides and other attractions.

The fair will run from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6 a person, with children ages 2 and under admitted free. Season tickets are $20.

Admission includes carnival rides and entertainment. Senior Citizens Day is Thursday with admission at $3 for seniors until 6 p.m.

The carnival hours will be 4-11 p.m. for the first three days and on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and 6-11 p.m.

This year’s headlining act will be The Davisson Brothers Band, who will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Based in Clarksburg, W.Va., the band blends country, southern rock and bluegrass to create a distinctive sound captured in their first single, “Big City Hillbilly.” The sound, combined with the band’s talent and energy, has gained a loyal fan base all over the eastern U.S.

The band features brothers Chris and Donnie Davisson, on lead guitar/slide guitar and lead vocals/rhythm guitar respectively, and their cousin Sammy Davisson, on bass and vocals.

They are joined by childhood friend, Aaron Regester, on drums.

The annual Wirt County Fair Talent Show will be 8 p.m. Friday for potential singers. The grand prize is $300, a three-hour recording session and a one-hour photo shoot. Judges will narrow the field down to the top five acts, and then it is up to the audience.

Mineral Wells resident Matt Enik will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Wirt County Fair stage.

Enik learned to play guitar around the age of 11, and as he progressed into his teens, he and a long-time friend began learning old songs, going on to form local group South of The River. In 2011, he left that band and has been performing with other local musicians over the last couple of years.

He moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and broaden his opportunities as a singer and songwriter. He has released a solo project “Natural – The EP” and has released his first single, “A Natural.”

More information about the Wirt County Fair is available online at www.wirtcountyfair.com.

WEDNESDAY

* 9 a.m.: Gate opens

* 1 p.m.: Judging of exhibits begins

* 3 p.m.: Youth Contests; Rabbits show and showmanship

* 4 p.m.: Carnival opens

* 5:30 p.m.: Flag raising and dedication of the fair

* 5:45 p.m.: Wirt County High School Band Concert

* 6 p.m.: Bingo; Registration for ATV and garden tractor speed pulls (Track)

* 6:30 p.m.: Little Miss/Mister Wirt County Fair Pageant (Pavilion)

* 7 p.m.: Hogs show and showmanship; ATV and garden tractor speed pulls (Track)

* 7:15 p.m.: Miss Wirt County Fair Princess Pageant (Pavilion)

* 8 p.m.: Queen of the Fair Pageant (Pavilion)

* 11 p.m.: Carnival closes

THURSDAY

* 9 a.m: Gate opens

* 3 p.m.: Youth contests

* 4 p.m.: Carnival Opens; No Guarantee (Pavilion)

* 5 p.m.: Simply Bluegrass (Pavilion)

* 6 p.m.: Poplar Bluff (Pavilion); Bingo; Truck Pulls registration (Track); Beef and Sheep livestock show and showmanship

* 7:30 p.m.: Truck Pulls (Track)

* 8 p.m.: Davisson Brothers (Pavilion)

* 11 p.m.: Carnival closes

FRIDAY

* 9 a.m.: Gate opens

* 10 a.m.-noon: Enter flower exhibits

* 1 p.m.: Judging of the Flower Show

* 3 p.m.: Youth Contest

* 4 p.m.: Carnival opens

* 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Mother and Daughter Look Alike Contest registration (Pavilion)

* 5 p.m.: Registration for Garden Tractor Pulls (Volleyball Court)

* 6 p.m.: Bingo; Registration for ATV Drag Race (Track); Mother and Daughter Look Alike Contest (Pavilion); Garden Tractor Pulls (Volleyball Court)

* 7 p.m.: ATV Drag Race (Track); Talent Show Contest registration (Pavilion)

* 7:15 p.m.: Livestock Sale

* 8 p.m.: Talent Show (Pavilion)

* 11 p.m.: Carnival closes

SATURDAY

* 8 a.m.: Gate opens

* 9 a.m.: Corn Hole Tournament

* 9-10:30 a.m.: Pretty Baby Contest registration (Dining Hall)

* 9 a.m.-noon: Registration for Mud Bog (Track)

* 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Pretty Baby Contest (Pavilion)

* 11 a.m.: Chicken barbeque begins

* Noon: Bingo; Registration for Arm Wrestling (Pavilion)

* 1 p.m.: Carnival opens; Horseshoe Pitching Contest; Mud Bog (Track)

* 1-4 p.m.: West Virginia State Arm Wrestling Championship (Pavilion)

* 3 p.m.: Youth Contest

* 3:30 p.m.: Registration for Kiddie Peddle Pull (Pavilion)

* 3:45 p.m.: 100 Foot Banana Split

* 4 p.m.: Kiddie Peddle Pull Contest (Pavilion)

* 5 p.m.: Carnival closes; Skillet Throwing Contest

* 5:30 p.m.: Haybale Throwing Contest

* 6 p.m.: Nail Driving Contest; Carnival reopens

* 6:30 p.m.: Watermelon Eating Contest

* 8 p.m.: Matt Enik (Pavilion)

* 9 p.m.: Claiming of exhibits

* 10 p.m.: Fireworks

* 11 p.m.: Carnival closes