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West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition returns Tuesday after pandemic year

MINERAL WELLS — After being canceled in 2020, the 48th annual West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition will return Tuesday through Saturday to the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road.

Normally held in July, this year’s fair was moved forward to June by organizers. It will feature truck pulls, ATV races, pretty baby and junior royalty pageants, live entertainment, livestock shows, carnival rides and other attractions.

Russ Collins, first vice president of the fair board, said final preparations leading up to the new schedule were going well, especially in terms of weather and temperature forecasts. Hot weather in July was one of the factors leading to the fair board’s decision to move the fair from July to June, he said. While daytime temperatures are expected to be similar, Collins said the June dates should see much more comfortable temperatures in the afternoons and evenings.

Collins said many of the 4-H livestock youth projects will not be able to participate this year due to the change in dates, but officials hope to have them back again in the future. The fair board still wants to get young people involved in the fair, however, so they will be doing “jackpot” shows for hogs and cows. There will also be a regular horse show with barrel racing and other activities along with educational animal displays and exhibits this year.

In a new addition, organizers are inviting elementary and middle school students who did school projects this year to bring them to the fair and set them up during the fair. Students can register on the fair website at wvinterstatefair.org. Students who bring displays to the fair will receive free admission, like 4-H students in previous years who had exhibits at the fair, he said.

Daily admission to the fair will be $9 per person ages 3 and up Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and $10 on Friday and Saturday. There will also be a pair of special admission days. Tuesday will be “Senior Citizens Day” when admission is $5 for seniors 60 and older. Thursday is “Armed Forces Day” when active military personnel will be admitted free with active duty or active reserve duty military IDs.

The schedule of activities will include;

TUESDAY

“Senior Citizen’s Day”

* 4 p.m.: Ticket gates open; Flea market opens; Jr. Royalty Pageant Registration (Open Shelter); Senior Citizens Activities Begin (Bingo, Meals, Karaoke); Livestock Learning Station Opens (Today’s Highlight – Poultry); Phil’s Future Farmers (Livestock Area), open 4-8 p.m.; Steam Engine Exhibit

* 5 p.m.: Tiny Tot Pageant (Age 3-5) Girls and Boys; Little Miss and Mister (Ages 6-8) Girls and Boys; Jr. Miss (Ages 9-12).

* 6 p.m.: Carnival opens

* 6:30 p.m.: ATV Drag Racing Registration (ATV Track); Opening Ceremonies, Flag Raising Ceremony, and Guest Dignitaries (Main Stage)

* 7:30 p.m.: ATV Drag Racing (ATV Track Area)

* 8:30 p.m.: McCumbers Band (Main Stage)

* 11 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

WEDNESDAY

“Kid’s Day”

* 4 p.m.: Ticket gates open; Livestock Learning Stations Open (Today’s highlight – Rabbits); Phil’s Future Farmers Opened (Livestock area); Pretty Baby Registration (13-36 months) (Open Shelter); Kid’s Day activities begin (Age 12 & Under); Steam Engine Exhibit

* 5 p.m.: Carnival opens; Pretty Baby Contest (13-36 Months) (Open Shelter)

* 5:30 p.m.: ATV/ UTV Mud Bog Registration

* 7 p.m.: Premium Karaoke (Main Stage); ATV/UTV Mud Bog and ATV/UTV Rodeo (Track Area)

* 11 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

THURSDAY

“Armed Forces Day”

* 4 p.m.: Ticket gates open; Livestock Learning Stations Open (Today’s highlight – Sheep and Goats); Phil’s Future Farmers Opened (Livestock area); Pretty Baby Registration (0-12 months); Mud Bog Registration; Steam Engine Exhibit.

* 5 p.m.: Carnival opens; Pretty Baby Contest (0-12 months)

* 6 p.m.: Diaper Derby Registration (Open Shelter); Diaper Derby (Ages 0-12 months) (Immediately following Pretty Baby contest)

* 7 p.m.: Country Club Band (Main Stage); Mud Bog (Track Area)

* 11 p.m.: Fairgrounds Close

FRIDAY

* 3 p.m.: Summer Jackpot Classic Swine Show Registration

* 4 p.m: Ticket gates open; Livestock Learning Stations Open (Today’s highlight – Hogs); Phil’s Future Farmers Opened (Livestock area); Steam Engine Exhibit

* 5 p.m.: Hay Bale Throw, Skillet Toss Registration (Fair Office); Mud Bog Registration; ATV Drag Racing Registration (ATV Track Area); Carnival opens

* 5:30 p.m.: Hay Bale Throw, Skillet Toss

* 6 p.m.: Watermelon Eating, Bubble Gum Blowing Registration (Fair Office); Summer Jackpot Classic Swine Show

* 6:30 p.m.: Watermelon Eating Contest; Immediately followed by Bubble Gum Blowing Contest

* 7 p.m.: Mud Bog (Track Area); ATV Drag Racing (ATV Track Area)

* 8:30 p.m.: Artimus Pyle Band (Main Stage)

* 11 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

SATURDAY

* 8 a.m.: Summer Jackpot Classic Beef Registration

* Noon: Ticket gates open

* 1 p.m.: Carnival opens; Summer Jackpot Show

* 2 p.m.: Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull

* 4 p.m.: Spitting Contest (Fair Office); Truck Pull Registration; Livestock Learning Stations Open (Today’s highlight – Beef); Phil’s Future Farmers Opened (Livestock Area); Steam Engine Exhibit

* 5 p.m.: Stone Throw (Fair Office)

* 6 p.m.: Truck and Tractor Pulls (Track Area)

* 7 p.m.: Country Club Band (Main Stage)

* 8:30 p.m.: Jake Hoot (Main Stage)

* 11 p.m.: Fairgrounds close

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