A "smoking good" time was had at the Barbour County Fair on Wednesday with the demolition derby attracting a large crowd.
Groups and individuals gathered around the open arena and nestled on the hill to watch the 7:30 p.m. derby, a Thomas Motorsports event featuring mini class and full-size cars.
"I'm running today 'cause it's my daughter's birthday and my anniversary," said James Hoffman, a contestant from Philippi.
The Inter-Mountain photos by Melissa Toothman
Some mini-class contestants smoke up the ring during Wednesday's demolition derby at the Barbour County Fair. The fair continues today with several events, including a performance by Nashville recording artist Bucky Covington. The Inter-Mountain and West Virginia Radio Corp. are co-sponsoring the Barbour County Fair, which includes musical entertainment throughout the week. More photos can be found online at cu.theintermountain.com.
The Hoffman family and close friends had 13 contestants in the derbies between Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Wednesday, James Hoffman Jr. joined his father in the mini-class competition.
"I like getting dirty in the mud and hitting stuff and having fun, plus my dad got me into it," Hoffman Jr. of the derby.
Ten participants competed in the mini class.
Taking first place for the mini class was Tyler Thorne of Mannington, driving number 308-X. Second place went to Larry Pettit of Fairmont with LP50. Third place was awarded to Joseph Taylor of Jane Lew with U812.
Other participants competing in the mini-size demolition derby were James Vest Jr. of Belington with Signal 70, James Hoffman Jr of Philippi with 1026 and his father, James Hoffman of Philippi, with 1018, Shawn Hendrick of Junior with 558, Daniel Canfield of Philippi with 4 A CURE 2, Nicolas Burner of Philippi with 4 A CURE and Kris Lute of Morgantown with 51-50.
Of the six full-size contestants on Wednesday, four placed in the demolition derby. Gary Flickner of Fairmont, driving XXX, placed at the top in first. In second place was Henry Dawson of Elkins with IOU1. Brian Dawson of Elkins placed third with his vehicle, IOU2. Fourth place went to Mickey Schoonover II of Philippi with his car, 625. Markie Scheuch of Grafton participated with his vehicle, 9 Lives, as well as Kenneth McRobie of Terra Alta with 69ME.
Musical entertainment on Wednesday included Joyful Noise and Contemporary Christian artists Sidewalk Prophets.
The Barbour County Fair continues through Saturday. Today's activities include Kid's Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Barbour County third-graders.
The Youth ATV Drag Races, sponsored by Bill Kelley Racing, starts off at 7 p.m., the same time the DBI Band performs at the John Loyd Entertainment Center. Nashville recording artist, Bucky Covington, takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.
At 3 p.m., visitors to the fairgrounds may enjoy an open class sheep show followed by an open class goat show at 4 p.m.
Those who wish to catch a glimpse of the commercial and competitive exhibits may do so at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate and the midway is open the rest of the week.
The Inter-Mountain and West Virginia Radio Corp. are co-sponsoring the Barbour County Fair, which includes musical entertainment throughout the week.
For a more complete schedule of fair activities, visit www.barbourcountyfair.com.
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9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Kids Day for Barbour County third-graders
3 p.m.: Open Class Sheep Show
4 p.m.: Open Class Goat Show
4 p.m.: Commercial and Competitive Exhibits Open
5 p.m.: 4-H/FFA FFA Market Lamb and Market Goat and Dairy Goat Showmanship Contest
5 p.m.: ATV Drag Races registration (youth)
6 - 10:30 p.m.: Midway open
7 p.m.: Youth ATV Races (sponsored by Bill Kelley Racing)
7 p.m.: DBI Band, on stage at John Loyd Entertainment Center
8:30 p.m.: Nashville recording artist Bucky Covington