BROOKS HILL — The 17th Annual Brooks Hill Fair had a great socially distanced turn out this past weekend, despite coronavirus complications.
According to James Crouse, one of fair’s organizers, roughly 300 people showed up to enjoy the Brooks Hill community traditions throughout the weekend. Crouse said the fair had a lot of new attendees, as well as visits from the regulars. The fair was a great excuse for people to get out and about to safely socialize during the pandemic. He mentioned they received a lot of gratitude for keeping the fair alive, as well as many letters of support and donations.
“We had tons of support and donations. It was a good time, the kids had fun,” Crouse said. “It was a little hard because of the social distancing.” The fair organizers encouraged masks and the open outdoors allowed for appropriate spacing among fair goers. “All and all, it was a nice little fair,” Crouse stated.
Donations will go towards the community building’s utilities, maintenance expenses and insurance fees. Crouse said they try to make improvements each year with the money they raise. This year, he said they raised money to paint and install new flooring in the community building.
Local bands from West Virginia played enjoyable live sets throughout the weekend while spectators easily distanced in the field. Friday evening, Sound of Soldiers performed at 7 p.m. and Patrick Brooks took the stage around 8:30 p.m. to entertain the crowd. Saturday at 2 p.m., Josh Folmsbee & The Crooked Roots performed, and The Bounty Hunter played at 7 p.m.
“Brooks closed his show with Amazing Grace. It went over nicely. The whole crowd sang with him to Amazing Grace,” Crouse said.
They also had an ATV Dice Run on the trails Saturday. Vendors came to sell jewelry, soaps and other items, such as Angealic’s Crafts, Bizzy Bee Beauty and Bath and Martin’s cheap stuff.
The Brooks Hill Community Building gave away a gun during a raffle, Pickens High School gave away a fly rod, donated by the Pickens High School Archery Team, and the Pickens Fire Department gave away a chainsaw.
The Brooks Hill Social is tentatively scheduled for October 2, starting at 7 p.m.