New events are on tap for Brooke County’s fair

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Fair will return next weekend with new events, including a 4K run-walk, truck pull and Facebook photo contest, as well as popular past attractions such as professional wrestlers, talent contests and the tug of war between children from Brooke County primary schools.

The fair will run Friday through Sunday at Brooke Hills Park, with opening ceremonies, including a butterfly release courtesy of Butterflies by Heather, at 6 p.m.

Carnival rides and inflatable attractions for children are slated to open at 4 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5 per day, which includes the rides, with three-day passes available for $10 each in advance at the park’s clubhouse.

Patty Lish, who is co-chairing this year’s fair with Cathy Hervey, said with the help of many, the fair board has planned several new events. They include a lawn dice tournament, a game of chance featuring large wooden dice at 6:30 p.m. Friday; a lawn tractor pull held by Strasburg Pullers of Strasburg, Ohio, at noon Saturday; and a truck pull sponsored by Snyder Performance of Carmichaels, Pa. at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Lish added a 4K run-walk through the park benefiting the Brooke County 4-H program will kick off the second day. The run-walk, which is open to all ages, will begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday’s events also will include the primary school tug of war, with Jefferson Primary School defending its title against several other schools, at noon.

This year fairgoers are being challenged to post family-friendly photos they have taken during this year’s fair on the fair’s Facebook page. The fairgoer with the photo that has received the most “likes” by 5 p.m. Sunday will receive a family pass to next year’s fair and other prizes may be awarded to other participants.

The contest is among many competitions at the fair involving people of various ages, talents and interests. Among them are a mud volleyball tournament between high school and middle school students, the Brooke County Fair’s Got Talent and Fair Idol talent and singing contests and Minute to Win It and Twins Day contests.

Lish said about a dozen twins have turned out each year to compete for such categories as cutest photo, traveling the farthest, oldest and youngest.

Registration information for many of the contests can be found at the Brooke County Fair’s website at

Lish said the fair also will offer a variety of food and entertainment, including the Black Diamond Wrestling Independent Professional Wrestlers group, a strolling magician and balloon man Jim Tate, singer-musician Aaron Margaria, the bluegrass and folk music of Chelsea McBee, the doowop sound of Front Room and Capitol Music Hall 1170 veterans Roger Hoard and Dennis Craig.

This is the first year the fair will be held without the leadership of Paul Lish, Patty’s husband and co-chair, who died Jan. 13. Also an active member of the Brooke Hills park board, Lish often sought new features for each year’s fair.

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