BELINGTON - Because of a structural issue with a building at the Barbour County Fairgrounds, the annual Barbour County Winter Fair will be moved to the Belington Volunteer Fire Department, officials said.
This week, the fire department offered its facilities to the Barbour County CEOS who sponsor the Winter Fair, Pleasant Creek CEOS member Kim Stemple said, adding that the decision to move the Winter Fair this year was made suddenly Monday.
The Winter Fair is still scheduled to take place Friday and
"The building is unsafe at the fairgrounds," Stemple said.
Last week, Barbour County Commission members announced they had some serious concerns about the structural integrity of the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds - which is used for exhibits and activities for both the Winter Fair and the Barbour County Fair each year.
Commission President Tim McDaniel said the building's use would have to be kept to a minimum and that he would bring someone in to assess the building's repair needs.
Although the building will not be used for the CEOS-sponsored Winter Fair this year, it will not affect the activities and plans of the local CEOS organizations. Signs will be posted at the fairgrounds for anyone who might not be aware of the sudden shift in venue, Stemple said.
The BVFD will host the CEOS organizations and the 20 vendors and crafters who already have registered to participate. All other scheduling details will remain the same.
The kitchen is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Breakfast options include biscuits and sausage gravy. Lunch options include beans and cornbread, pork barbecue sandwiches, ham sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, nachos and cheese, vegetable soup, coffee, soft drinks and dessert.
All seven Barbour County CEOS clubs will have something to sell or raffle at the event. Family friendly activities will abound, and prize-winning opportunities will be plentiful.
Musical entertainment will be provided from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday by Lanessa Murphy and from 2:30-3:30 p.m. that same day by Valli Davis.
Saturday is also Kids Day, with wooden crafts by Raube McDaniel, according to the Winter Fair flyer.
"We have activities for the children," Stemple said. "Each vendor will do a demonstration or have something to give them or have a craft for them... It's a great learning experience for the children because they're learning what each crafter and vendor has to offer. They get hands-on demonstrations. They get to participate. They get to make things, and they get to talk to different crafters with different skills in the community."
Proceeds help benefit the CEOS clubs' efforts to support the local 4-H clubs, the Animal Friends of Barbour County, Energy Express, local fire departments, Relay for Life and the libraries in Barbour County.
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