FRENCH CREEK — After much debate, the Brooks Hill Community Fair will proceed on July 24 and 25 with all necessary precautions. The annual fair serves as a primary fundraiser for the Brooks Hill Community Building. Aside from utilities and maintenance, the building is required to carry $2,000,000 of liability insurance, according to James Crouse. He explained that the Brooks Hill Community Fair is a non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer based. Crouse said they do not receive any funds from the local, state or federal government and proceeding with the fair will be essential to keeping their doors open to the community.
Typically, the volunteers host four functions and four family reunions each year. Due to COVID-19, they have canceled three of their four annual events and two of the family reunions have also been forced to cancel.
If the fair does not occur this year, Crouse said the facility would likely have to close its doors for good, after over 60 years of service. Located in French Creek, the building is 30 miles from town; therefore, Crouse explained the people of the Brooks Hill community count on the facility for many functions. The facility is utilized for events like birthdays, wedding receptions, reunions, etc. For a “good cause,” they are even able to rent the facility at no cost.
Volunteers will be wearing masks, using gloves in the kitchen, and encouraging all attendees to wear masks and social distance. “We will do everything we can to keep everyone safe… We will keep sanitizer readily available and will be disinfecting tables, chairs and bathrooms regularly,” Crouse stated.
The Brooks Hill Fair will take place July 24-25 and patrons can enjoy free admission. There will be games, crafts, food and music. On Friday, the fair will begin at 6 p.m. and end with karaoke starting at 9 p.m. Saturday morning kicks off with breakfast at 8 a.m., then ATV Dice Run registration will be from 9-11 a.m., with lunch starting at 11 a.m. Josh Folmsbee and The Crooked Roots will be playing at 2 p.m. and the Bounty Hunter at 7 p.m. Chances will be sold for a gun raffle, which will be given away on July 25. For more information regarding the fair or how to purchase raffle tickets, call (304) 924-9075 or follow Brooks Hill Fair and BlueGrass on Facebook.