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Mannington Fair thrills and delights North Central crowds

by Bill Frye

STAFF WRITER

MANNINGTON -- Hundreds of people came out on a cool Tuesday evening to enjoy the Mannington District Fair in Marion County.

The fair offers a wide variety of activities for almost anyone to enjoy, from the demolition derby and the Fearless Flores Thrill Show to the livestock shows and amusement rides.

The fair started Monday and will continue until Saturday. As the evening rolled on, people were lining up for bumper cars as others purchased their dinners at various food vendors.

"These guys are having a good time," said Scott Kechum of Washington state, as he enjoyed the evening with his children, wife and mother.

Local teenagers and families lined up for rides like the "Round Up" and the "Sizzler," while people crowded around to watch the thrill show to see dogs do amazing tricks and death-defying acts on the high wire.

"We were bored and it's something to do," said Travis Carroll of Shinnston. Carroll and his friend, Shandon Sowers, were out enjoying the nice evening and the rides.

All around the main fairgrounds were screams coming from the children's roller coaster and the "Star Ship" rides.

"I get to see a lot of people I never get to see," said Valerie Davis of Enterprise. Davis came out with her son, Shane, and a friend who enjoy "all of these crazy rides."

The fair is a time where people can visit with friends and family from all around. For Mary Suttkus, the fair offered her a chance to spend some time with her son, Gerald, and his children, who now live in Georgia.

"We can just come out and have a good time," she said. "We're adults, but it (the fair) makes us feel like we're kids again."

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday

10 a.m., Gates open; sheep/poultry judging

11 a.m., Swine judging

1 p.m., Dairy and beef cattle judging

1-5 p.m., Reduced rates on rides: $8 stamp

3 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

3-5:30 p.m., Horse Show -- 12 and under

4 p.m., Kiddie tractor pedal pull

6-8 p.m., Horse show -- 13 and under

5 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

5 p.m., 4-H and FFA Lamb Show at Horse Pulling Ring

6:30-10:30 p.m., Rides: $10 stamp

7 p.m., Fearless Flores Thrill Show

7 p.m., The Hubcaps

7 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

8 p.m., Lightweight pony pulling and middleweight pony pulling

9 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

9 p.m., The Hubcaps

10 p.m., Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Midnight, Fair closes

Thursday

11 a.m., Judging ponies, draft horses

Noon, Gates open

1 p.m., Judging riding and saddle horses

3-5 p.m., Horse show -- 12 and under

5-7 p.m., Horse show --13 and under

6 p.m., 4-H and FFA Swine Show at 4-H Barn

6:30-10:30 p.m., Rides: $10 stamp

7 p.m., Ricky Skaggs

7 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

7 p.m., Fearless Flores Thrill Show

8 p.m., Heavyweight Pony Pulling Contest

9 p.m., Ricky Skaggs

9 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

9 p.m., Fearless Flores Thrill Show

Midnight, Fair closes

Friday

Noon, Gates open

3-4 p.m., Horse show -- 12 and under

4-5 p.m., Horse show -- 13 and over

5 p.m., Horse show trophy presentation

6 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

7 p.m., Sheep rodeo (registration at 6 p.m., 75 pounds and under)

6:30-10:30 p.m., Rides: $12 stamp

7 p.m., Brad Martin

7 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

8 p.m., Lightweight Horse Pulling Contest

9 p.m., Brad Martin

9 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

Midnight, Fair closes

Saturday

10 a.m., Gates open

10 a.m., Pet show at stage

1-5 p.m., Reduced rates on rides: $8 stamp

2 p.m., Circle T Bull Riding

3 and 5 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

5-6:30 p.m., Rides-tickets only

6:30-11:30 p.m., Rides: $10 stamp

6:30 p.m., Marion County 4-H and FFA Market Livestock sale

7 p.m., The Vogues

7 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

8 p.m., Heavyweight horse pulling

9 p.m., Caplinger's Magic Show

9 p.m., The Vogues

Midnight, Fair closes