People from all over the region traveled to Camp Pioneer in Beverly for the Randolph County Fair as it wrapped up this weekend.
A classic and antique car show kicked off Saturday's events at 8 a.m., followed by the 4-H Livestock Shows at 9 a.m. The talent show, sponsored by West Virginia Radio started at noon and the West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Championship started at 1 p.m., bringing out some of the best musical talent in the area.
Children and adults in three categories-ages 0-5, 6-10 and 11-adult -gorged themselves for fun in the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest at 1:30 p.m. The Greased Pig competition, where participants greased up their hands and attempted to snatch a flag off of a runaway pig, was a popular event in the afternoon.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Chad Clem
Children participate in the Greased Pig competition Saturday at the Randolph County Fair at Camp Pioneer in Beverly. The fair came to a conclusion on Sunday.
Cow Patty Bingo-a type of 50/50 drawing where the cow "chooses" the number based on where he drops his patty-and the Demolition Derby marked the end of Saturday's events.
Sunday also featured a miniature horse show, a mud bog and an outdoor church service hosted by Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, featuring the Sonshine Puppet Ministry Show and the Gospel Harmony Boys in a performance benefitting Mountain Hospice.
The Pet Show took place at 1:30 p.m., pitting many furry friends from the area in a fun competition with one another and the annual Tug-of-War event between WDNE and The Inter-Mountain capped off the festival.
Other events that were featured in the fair were a rodeo, bull riding, barrel racing and Mutton Bustin' on Friday and Johnny Cochran and the Trail Blazers on Thursday.
The fair also welcomed a host of vendors and artisans from all over the area including the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers who donated all of their wood sculptures to be auctioned off at the fair.
Several different artisans were selling original crafts and goods, many of which were homemade or home-grown.
"This is a great opportunity to meet a whole host of people from the area that we wouldn't otherwise get the chance to," Tim Bender said. Bender was with S&T Country Kids, who sold honey made from bees in Randolph County.
He stressed the real reason for the celebration.
"You get to learn a lot about the local farmers and their importance to our everyday lives that we sometimes take for granted. If it wasn't for the local farmers we wouldn't be here today," he said.
Denise Heckel and Ginny Shoemaker were selling homemade pottery and jewelry and said that the fair was essential to them spreading the word about their products.
"There is just such a variety of people and you are able to have so much exposure," Heckel said.
This year's fair was also a tribute to former pillar of the Randolph County Fair family, the Rev. Gloria Roy, who recently passed away.
"We wanted to dedicate this year's events to Reverend Gloria Roy in honor of her generous donations to the fair," Randolph County Fair President Mike Elza said. "She helped out so many people as well as allowing us to have this event, that it seemed appropriate to take this opportunity to thank and remember her."
Elza also mentioned that this year's fair was a rousing success, showing the highest attendance numbers in his four years of involvement.
"We are always looking for volunteers," Elza said. "Without help from the community, and people like Gloria, this fair would not be possible. We look forward to all the help we can get next year."
For more information on the Randolph County Fair or to find out how to volunteer go to www.randolphcountyfairwv.com to contact the fair officials about your interest.