Good morning Mannington!! Welcome to all who are coming home for the week.

Yes, it is homecoming week in Mannington. The annual Mannington District Fair always brings many folks home to visit with family and friends, and we hope everyone has safe travels.

Folks of the area are beginning to get homes ready for the many visitors to our city and everything is really looking nice. Thank you for your time and talent. Have a good week and stay safe.

Fair Kick Off

The 2019 Mannington District Fair will get underway on Monday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. with the annual parade through Mannington. The official opening will be held at the stage at 7:30 p.m. and then the Little Miss Pageant will follow at 8 p.m. and the fair is underway for the week.

Admission is $6 per person, children 11 years of age and under will be admitted free. The parking is also free.

The weather seems to be looking pretty good for next week, so plan to come to the fair for evenings of good entertainment, fair food and fellowship with those we only see once a year.

Pre-Season Tickets

The pre-season fair tickets will be available until Noon Aug. 5 at Miller’s Hardware, Main Street Traders and the Mannington Home Center. Individual tickets are $5.50 each for 6 tickets for the week is $30. The price at the gate is $6 per person.

Entries – Community Building

Calling gardeners of the area, show how proud you are of the vegetables you have grown this summer. Bring your best and enter it in the vegetable judging at the Mannington District Fair.

Entries will be taken on Aug. 4 from 1-4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to Noon on Aug. 5, at the community building (the gym) in the park.

They will also be taking crafts, handmade items, quilts, collections and other items for display. If you have let a zucchini grow a little too big, bring it in for the Giant Zucchini Contest. The heaviest, biggest around and the longest.

There is also the photography contest. If you enjoy taking pictures and have some that you think are great, then think about showing them off to everyone. Help support the displays in the Community building. There are folks who look forward to seeing this exhibit each year.

4-H, FFA Livestock Shows

The Marion County 4-H, FFA Livestock Show will have shows and judging each evening beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. They will show market lambs, market goats, market hogs and market rabbits. During these shows the animals will be judged.

Then on Friday, the Supreme Showmanship Show will be held. This is when the owners of the market animals are judged. Entrants must have the animal well groomed and be able to handle and show the animal properly. This is a competition among the young people who have raised the animals.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. stop by the 4-H, FFA barn and see the animals sold at auction, to the highest bidder. The money from this sale goes to the owner which will be put toward next years project, to the college fund or other needs of the student.

You might even decide to purchase an animal and have some very good, home grown meat for your family. If you have questions, stop by the 4-H, FFA Barn to talk with someone there. You might also have a youngster who would like to participate next year and you could get more information. Stop by and support these youngsters who are learning about producing food for their families and maybe someday, helping feed the nation.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mannington District Fair. There will be games and fun for all ages.

Events include large hay bale rolling, treasure hunt, sack races, tire rolling, small hay bale races, guessing games and more. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. Plan to attend as a family and enjoy the fun of the events and just being together. The gate opens at 10 a.m.

Class of 1969 – 50- Year Reunion

The Class of 1969 of Mannington High will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The fun takes place Friday, Aug. 16 with a tour of the school at 5 p.m. followed by a picnic at the home of Sally Belle Kolb on Monroe Street.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the graduates will meet in the banquet room a Colasessano’s near the Middletown Mall with social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner to follow.

A big thank you goes out to the members of the committee for their hard work in planning had getting everything ready. If you did not receive notice of this event or know of someone who has not, please message Gary Bowers so a letter may be sent to contact them in some way.

Bee Gum Homecoming

The Bee Gum United Methodist Church will hold its 92nd annual Homecoming on Aug. 4 at the church, north of Mannington on U.S. Route 250 toward Metz. This year the Worship service and the Homecoming Program will be together starting at 9:45 a.m., followed by a covered dish lunch at 1 p.m.

There will be no Sunday School but there will be games for the kids. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a side dish. Meat, drinks, plats and utensils are provided. The Pastor is David Yanero.

Rabies Clinic

There have been several confirmed rabies cases in the area. If you have not had your pet vaccinated this might be a time for you to get it taken care of and protect your pet and family.

A Rabies Clinic will be held at the McCurdysville Community Building on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Rabies Shots will cost $7 and de-wormer and other vaccinations will be available at a reduced rate.

Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. James Henderson, DVM will administer the vaccinations. Proceeds benefit the McCurdysville Community Building. The location will be 3414 Jakes Run Rd. in Rivesville. For more information, call (304) 278-5469 or (304) 278-5905.

Highland Homecoming

The 153rd Highland Church Homecoming will be held Sunday, Aug. 11th beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. A covered dish dinner will be served at noon followed by a brief program. For question you may call (304) 662-6332 or (304) 449-1023

Historical Society

The West Augusta Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Round Barn Museum. Everyone who is interested in the history of the area are urged to attend. If you are not a member then you may join and become a supporter of the organization.

On Sunday, Aug. 18, the theme of the day is “A School Days” program at the Wilson School Museum. There will be activities of days gone by at school and would like to see several children attend to learn how school used to be in one, two and four room schools. It is quite different.

Sept. 14, bring “Looking Back at the Good Ole Days.’ This will consist of how you operated machines back before things got so easy with electricity. We will have demonstrations on how to make butter, run an old washing machine, broom machine and blacksmithing. If anyone knows how to run old equipment or has an idea from days gone by, please call Rita Hall at (304) 986-1252 or Cordelia at (304) 986-3144. These are dates you may want to mark on your calendar and plan ahead to attend.

FYI

If you wish to e-mail information to me, please use the following email, johcar48@frontier.com. You may call me at (304) 986-2527 to see if I have received your e-mail or to give me information. I would like to receive the information by Wednesday before the column is printed in the Saturday edition of the paper.