Many attending the Upshur County Fair over the weekend said what they enjoyed most was the food, fun and fellowship.
Tucked away in the hills of Upshur County, the annual fair was hosted at the Rock Cave Civic Center Friday through Sunday.
"I like the food, seeing a lot of old friends and making new acquaintances," District 44 Delegate Dana Lynch said.
Decorating pet rocks at the Upshur County Fair Friday from left are Emily Trader, 12, Erica Trader, 5, and Channing Gillum, 5. (The Inter-Mountain photos by Melissa Toothman)
Lynch was a speaker during the opening ceremonies, saying, "The Upshur County Fair is kind of like a homecoming."
For children, however, the fair was an opportunity to dig for treasure in sawdust, watch an interactive show of animals, slip down an inflatable water slide, jump high in a bouncy castle and race to the top of a mountain-climbing wall.
For 6-year-old Kiona Smith, fun at the water slides stood apart from everything else, "because there's slides and there's water."
The fair food, of course, always hits the spot after playtime. Who can resist the sweet treats of festival vendors?
"The fair food is always good. It's good for the soul and the spirit. It's just what the doctor ordered," David Taylor, Upshur County Fair Board of Directors member, said. "It's even better when you're sitting and listening to good entertainment."
The lineup of entertainers for the weekend included the Little Roy and Lizzie Show, the Common Tradition Band, Johnny Cochran and the Trailblazers, Full Cirkle, Joyful Servants, Down to Earth and Praising Jesus.
Councilman Ron Pugh said he loved hearing the bluegrass music, but when asked what he liked most about the fair, conversation and food ranked higher.
"I like talking to the people. The food is tied for first, maybe, and I love bluegrass music," Pugh said.
New and unique this year was a pet show where guests can compete for prizes and have their pets judged. Mark's Ark Animal Show entertained children and adults alike throughout the weekend with an array of different animals to observe.
Also new this year was an archery competition allowing participants to compete for prizes from Cabela's. Sunday, the final day of the fair, featured a car show.