Eva Yoho

Eva Yoho, the Mannington District Fair treasurer, sits at her desk in the fair office. She has been a staple of the fair for 28 years.

MANNINGTON — For Eva Yoho, the Mannington District Fair is not just a tradition, it’s a big part of her life.

For 28 years, she’s been dedicated to the fair where she serves as its treasurer and performs a host of other duties as a volunteer.

“I like to work with it from the beginning to the end,” she said. “I like being able to plan it through the year, and seeing when it’s over, we did a good job.”

Beyond treasurer duties, she takes care of such tasks as coordinating the gate workers, ordering and planning the entertainment.

“I’m behind the scenes doing a little bit of everything,” she said. “You name it, I’ve got something to do with it.”

Others working for the fair commended Yoho.

“She’s the easiest person in the world to get along with, and easy to work with,” said Ron Chickerell, a fair volunteer.

“She is a hard worker,” said Olive Marie Utt. “All the volunteer work she does for the fair, it’s amazing.”

Yoho said she started coming to the fair when she was a kid.

“I don’t think I have missed a fair in my life because my family was very active in it,” she said. “It’s been a tradition in our family.”

She said her parents and siblings brought livestock to the barns.

“I think this is something that gets in your blood,” she said. “It’s got to be in your blood to want to do this.”

Yoho said fair planning is continual and never stops. She’s part of a team of dedicated officers and directors that make the fair possible each year.

“During this fair, we are already planning the 2020 fair,” she said. “It never stops. It’s a year-long process that never stops.”

Yoho said she wants to see the fair succeed.

“I take it to heart,” she said. “It’s kind of like our baby.”

As for this year’s fair, Yoho said attendance is on par with last year, though she didn’t have any exact numbers immediately available.

“It’s holding its own, about the same as it was last year,” she said. “So far, it’s going well.”

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.