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July 16, 2014

Paw Paw Fair delights young and old alike

RIVESVILLE — Kids and adults of all ages gathered along Route 19 Tuesday for a yearly tradition in the Rivesville area.

Tuesday marked the beginning of this year’s Paw Paw Fair, which opened after its annual parade.

Children lined the road, grabbing candy as fast as the firemen, pageant contestants and cowgirls could throw it.

Firetrucks blared their horns, and politicians waved at the crowd along the way toward the fairgrounds.

“We usually bring the kids down every year, and then we take them to the fair every year,” said Brandy Lawson, a Paw Paw Fair veteran.

“It’s just something we’ve always done with the family, and I used to do it as a child. A lot of our family is in the parade and stuff, so we always come every year.”

Lawson returns to the fair and the parade each year to see her family, who is usually involved in the week’s events.

She especially enjoys the mud bog and the demolition derby.

Erica Moore is also familiar with the fair, but this year she is experiencing it for the first time with her baby boy.

“This is my son’s first parade ever, and we usually come every year,” she said as she waited for the parade to start. “I wanted to come show him the horses and the firetrucks.”

At the fairgrounds, guests screamed and laughed as they flew, twirled, dipped and spun around on the classic carnival rides.

Horses, cows and goats stirred in the barns, and people lined up to get their favorite fair treats like cotton candy, funnel cakes and lemonade.

Daniel Triplett, who went to the festival for the sixth year this year, enjoys letting the children ride the rides.

“I think it’s mostly about the kids,” he said. “Have something for them to do and get them out during the summertime.”

Triplett said it is the great people at the Paw Paw Fair who keep him coming back each year.

Moore also credits her fellow fair-goers for contributing to the festival’s fun atmosphere.

“It brings the community closer together,” she said. “You see people that you don’t really see every day.”

The fair will feature a livestock show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the Miss Paw Paw Teen Pageant starts at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, the Mini Miss Pageant starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Tiny, Little, Junior and Pre-Teen Miss pageants.

The demolition derby is Friday at 8 p.m.

There will be a truck mud bog at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Many other events take place each day, and more information can be found at

Rides open at the Paw Paw Fair at 6:30 p.m. daily, and the grounds close at 11 p.m.

Admission is $8.  

Email Chelsi Baker at or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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