Mannington District Fair Midway, 1999 Photo: Robert Thorne
Mannington District Fair
Attracting 60,000 visitors each year, the
Mannington District Fair is the second largest fair in West
Virginia, after the state fair. The first Mannington fair was
organized in 1932 by a group of local citizens and held in "Traders
Alley," a place in the middle of town were farmers brought
livestock and products to trade or sell. During the three-day fair,
livestock was exhibited in stables or barns, and arts, crafts and
other items were exhibited in the Bartlett building. In 1947, more
land was acquired for the fair, which had drown to six days long.
The fair has long served as a "super" homecoming event where old
friends meet and new friends are made, and as a place to compete,
demonstrate, and display arts and crafts.
The grand parade is among the fair's most popular
events, typically held on opening day. Just as entertainment has
expanded over the years, so has seating, which can accommodate
1,800 spectators in the covered bleachers. Among the fair's many
activities are pony and horse pulls, horse shows, a demolition
derby, a kiddy day, a queen pageant, professional wrestling, a pet
show, lumberjack competition, kiddie tractor pull, a sheep rodeo,
and both animal and food judging.
Documentation includes a 32 page-report, and 18
Originally submitted by: Allan B. Mollohan, Representative (1st District).
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