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Upshur Co. Fair opens on Friday

by James Fisher

REGIONAL WRITER

BUCKHANNON -- A concert by country music singer Keith Urban, a car show and the state woodchoppers competition highlight this year's Upshur County Fair at the Buckhannon-Upshur High School/Recreation Park on Route 20 just south of Buckhannon.

Sarah Kay Fisher will reign as queen over this year's festival, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday. David Miller, deputy state agriculture commissioner, will speak at the opening ceremonies, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Numerous events are set for Friday, said fair spokeswoman Annette Hyre, including exhibits, a flower show and the Upshur County Human Society's fourth annual Picture Pet Show. Demonstrations on quilting and soap making will be held throughout the three-day run of the fair, and representatives of several national consumer companies will be available with their products, she said.

On Saturday, many of the same exhibits are featured. Several children's games will be added, such as a ring toss, duck pond, dart board, lollipop tree, bean bag toss and nail and face painting. Country music singer Urban highlights Saturday's events, with a concert at 8 p.m., following opening act Gary Bonnett of Rock Cave. Concert tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance.

Featured events Sunday include a car show and the state woodchoppers competition, Hyre said. The fair concludes at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Schedule of events:

n Friday -- Fair opens at 4 p.m., featuring craft booths, commercial exhibits, food concessions, 4-H exhibits, county exhibits and Picture Pet Show. Opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Gospel sing at 7:30 p.m. Talent show at 8 p.m.

n Saturday -- Fair open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., featuring commercial exhibits, food concessions, 4-H exhibits, county exhibits, petting zoo, Picture Pet Show and craft booths from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Several children's events will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., featuring Fuzzy and Stubbles the clowns at 2:30 p.m. A flower show will be held from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and the Side Kicks dance troupe will have a live show from 5-6 p.m.

Country music artist Keith Urban hits the stage at 8 p.m., following opening act Gary Bonnett at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door or $8 in advance. Tickets can be purchased prior to the show at Dean's Variety Mart, Rock Cave IGA and Loudin Insurance Agency, Inc.

n Sunday -- Fair open from noon until 5 p.m., featuring food concessions, commercial exhibits, crafts booths, 4-H exhibits, county exhibits, flower show and picture pet show. A car show will be held from 2-4 p.m., with registration from noon until 2 p.m. The state woodchoppers competition will begin at 1 p.m.

Regional writer James Fisher can be reached at 626-1446.

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