Fun at the FairAugust 5, 2016
Once named the Forks of the Buffalo, the city of Mannington is known for their Victorian-style homes and other architecturally significant buildings such as the Mannington Gym at Hough Park and the former high school with its iconic bell tower.
Another noteworthy building is the Wilson School Museum that
now houses the West Augusta Historical Society and Museum. The museum is home to a number of antique artifacts from the community, including Native American artifacts, Colonial, Confederate, Coal relics, antique furniture, dolls and watches. The “Father of West Virginia” Governor Francis Pierpont’s bed, chair and dresser is also on display.
Mannington is also the home of the Hamilton Round Barn. This example of unique architecture and engineering was once a dairy barn, with the first electric milker in the region. The barn houses exhibits including old-fashioned tools and farming equipment dating to the early 1900s. On Thursday’s from 9 am to 1 pm, visitors can watch ladies quilt at the barn and even lend a hand. Throughout the summer, the barn becomes a concert venue when it hosts a monthly bluegrass concert.
Mannington’s historic downtown area features several unique locally owned businesses. From antiques to BBQ, you’ll have plenty of reasons to visit. Looking for a little more adventure? Be sure to visit Curtisville Lake & Campground or the Dent’s Run Wildlife Management Area. You can even check your aim at the outdoor shooting range.
However, Mannington may be best known for their fair. In 1932, the citizens of Mannington held the first annual Mannington District Fair in the Bartlett Building. Two years later, the fairgrounds were created to hold the fast growing event.
Today, the fairgrounds have taken on a life of their own with its amusement rides and carnival food and games. But it’s the entertainment that has fair-goers coming back night after night.
The Mannington District Fair kicks off starting with a parade that passes through downtown. The parade highlights include antique cars, bands, floats, horses and community businesses. The night will feature Go Car Racing and end with the Kent Family Circus.
Tuesday evening will feature the Mannington District Fair Queen and Junior Miss Competition and Crowning. At the pageants, Brooklyn Moran, 2015 Mannington District Fair Queen, Suzanna Howard, 2015 Junior Miss Mannington District Fair, and Brooklyn Jackson, Little Miss Mannington District Fair will crown their successor.
7 Bridges, the Ultimate Eagles Experience will kick off Wednesday evening with their re-creation of music from the iconic group, the Eagles. The group will perform one great Eagles hit after another. If you’re more into crash and bash then stop to watch the Demolition Derby, it’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
West Virginia’s own The Davisson Brothers come to town on Thursday, performing their unique blend of country, southern rock, and bluegrass. Or if you prefer a lot of laughs try watching the Sheep Rodeo/Greased Pig Contest, it’s up to you to figure out who is chasing whom.
On Friday evening, Erick Kand: Stage Hypnotist will perform his fun and fast-paced performance. He generally uses 12 to 20 volunteers to not only generate audience participation but to also let the audience become the stars. Power pulling more your style? Friday also entertains Truck Pulls and Horse Pulling contest, so take your pick or make time to watch both.
The Mannington District Fair will end on Saturday with a performance from Josh Oldaker, a rising West Virginian country-gospel musician. He has appeared in 47 states with performances the entire family can enjoy. Take your pick of the Liars Contest and who to believe or watch the Lawnmower Races, who thought they could go that fast?
In 84 years of “fairing”, the fair has long been recognized as a super kind of homecoming, where old friends meet and new ones are made. What’s your favorite part of the Mannington Fair?