WESTON — Following three years of downtime, the Lewis County Fair is making a huge comeback that local residents and those in surrounding counties will not want to miss.
Planned for September 22-26, the Lewis County Fair will be held at the Jackson’s Mill Airstrip. As Governor Jim Justice continues opening the state and lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the LC Fair Board has planned for a wonderful celebration packed full of entertainment for the whole family. Thanks to the help of LC Fair Treasurer Jessica Luzader, President Jason Starcher, sponsors and community members, resuming the fair has been made possible and will likely be the best one yet.
Gambill Amusement Co. plans to pack up their whole show to provide fair-goers with more rides and activities than ever before. After polling the public on what they’d like to see at the LC Fair this year, Luzader assures Lewis Co. citizens that their voices were heard.
This year’s celebration will bring everyone’s classic favorites, as well as many new attractions and events. Luzader shared that the infamous mud bogs will not make a return due to shortage of funds and manpower; however, they do have a new Hot Wheels attraction that many will find entertaining, as well as a special event on the airstrip which will be announced at a later date.
Saturday events will reportedly include a Burnout Competition to see who can make the biggest smoke cloud and lay down the longest burn marks, as well as a Car Show. Sunday should be a relaxing day to close out an amazing fair with gospel and bluegrass music. A Draft Horse Pull is also on the agenda, as well as another big surprise announcement to come that organizers say you won’t want to miss.
For only $10, fair goers will have access to all the rides and attractions, including one of the main events—the Kent Family Circus. Additionally, some old-time favorites are coming back, such as the hay bale and cast-iron skillet throwing contest. These contests will be free to enter with a cash prize given to the winners. A petting zoo will also be included in the $10, but there will be a nominal fee to purchase food for the animals.
Although live music will not be a main attraction due to expenses and lack of equipment, area bands are encouraged to apply for available entertainment spots. “LC Blue,” the bluegrass group from Lewis County High School, will also have the opportunity to make an appearance.
The Lewis County Fair Board is currently comprised of just two members—Luzader and Starcher—but the pair is in need of additional board members to help plan a successful event. On May 19 at 6:30 p.m., the board will meet at Lewis County Park to discuss any interest or inquiries in joining the LC Fair Board.
Luzader is also in the process of reaching out to dozens of non-profit organizations to provide them with the opportunity to set up booths at the fair. Additionally, the Louis Bennett Public Library will be involved, as well as First Choice mental health outreach, the Mountaineer Military Museum, and hopefully many others.
As planning continues, more details and information will be released to the public. If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved, visit www.LewisCountyFair.com. or email to [email protected].