A few generations ago, most families worked hard on their farms to raise crops and animals for their food. Entertainment came from those who could play various instruments and more items were home-made, rather than store-bought.
Fourth-grade students from throughout Randolph County had the opportunity to learn about and experience heritage crafts, music, farm animals and foods Friday during the Randolph County Fair Educational Day at Camp Pioneer in Beverly.
Students visited nine stations where they learned about sheep shearing, imitating farm animals, traditional heritage music and dancing, and making a scarecrow, among other skills.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Anthony Gaynor
Caden Moore holds on tight during the Mutton Busting competition at the Randolph County Fair rodeo at Camp Pioneer in Beverly on Friday evening. Several youths took their turns to see who could ride one of the rowdy sheep the longest. The Mutton Busting event helped keep the crowd entertained until the main bull riding event. The fair continues today with the Thomas Motorsports Demolition Derby kicking off at 6:30 p.m. To see more photos, visit CU at www.theintermountain.com.
Two of the favorite stations were candle making and sauerkraut preparation.
"I enjoyed making the candles," said Jennings Randolph Elementary School student Danielle Sanchez. "We took wax and rolled it around a wick. I have made candles before, but this was much more fun."
Sanchez said she also really enjoyed listening to the folk music and making sauerkraut.
Jeffrey Parsons, also a Jennings Randolph Elementary School student, said he enjoyed making candles and sauerkraut.
"I liked making candles and have never made them before," Parsons said. "I had fun making the sauerkraut, but I did not like how it tastes."
Randolph County Extension Agent Amanda Haller said she is really glad for all the schools that participated in the event.
"Hands-on learning like this is very educational and beneficial for the kids," Haller said. "The students really learn more by doing and this gives them exposure to many new concepts."
Volunteers for the day include 4-Hers, FFA students from Tygarts Valley and Elkins high schools, and many community members.
"I want to thank everyone who helped make this day possible," Haller said. "Without their assistance, we could not have presented this event."
Sponsors for the Randolph County Fair Educational Day are Randolph County West Virginia 4-H Foundation, Davis Health System, Allegheny Insurance, Tygart Valley Lions Club, Randolph County CEOS and Randolph County 4-H Leaders.