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Tyler County Fair Kicks Off 54th Year

By Staff | Aug 3, 2016

Photo by Miles Layton Tyler County Fair Association President Bill Baker points to folks who bid on desserts like those cookies held by Clara Glover. Baker assures folks that there is something for everyone this week at the 54th Tyler County Fair.

MIDDLEBOURNE – Every time the auctioneer would name a price, maybe raise it a dollar or two, Bill Baker would raise his hands in the air and point to the person who bid on a dessert at the Tyler County Fair. Baker’s voice would raise a few octaves as the bids grew higher and higher for cookies or the pineapple bunt cake that Clara Glover held in her hands for auction.

Monday’s 80 degree temperatures and high humidity didn’t seem to bother Baker as did his part as Tyler County Fair Association President to raise money to support the fair, which is in its 54th year. After the bidding ended, Baker took a moment to talk about the fair.

“It’s going to be a great fair,” he said. “We got more food, a lot of rides. I think things are going to be great. If you like the ride, come out to our rides. If you like animals, we got them too. And if you like to eat, we got plenty of food.”

The fair began Monday and ends Saturday.

“Thousands of people will attend our fair this year,” Baker said.

Baker’s wife of 52 years, Janet, added, “The fair is the thing to do in Tyler County this week.” For more information, see the fair association’s attractive and easy-to-use new website tylercountyfair.org

Thursday night, the popular contemporary Christian group – Tenth Avenue North will perform.

Tenth Avenue North is a popular name among those who follow Christian music. The band has released four albums, and its songs have climbed the Billboard’s Christian charts.

During the Tyler County Fair Queen pageant, many contestants mentioned how they couldn’t wait to hear Josh Thompson perform. Thompson will headline the entertainment Saturday night at the fair. Thompson earned acclaim for his his two Top 20 singles from 2010 – “Beer On The Table” and “Way Out Here,” as well as “Won’t Be Lonely Long.” His sophomore disc debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and produced two singles – “Cold Beer With Your Name On It” and “Wanted Me Gone.”

Another popular name in the music business is Jason Michael Carroll, headliner for Friday’s entertainment at the fair. Carroll’s sophomore and third albums each charted on the Billboard Top 200.

Tyler County fair-goers will also have the opportunity to hear the talented Matt Poling.

Poling is a Reader, West Virginia native who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Poling starting singing in local bars during his college years. Poling released a four song EP, titled “Shine,” in October 2014. He’s been playing songwriters rounds in Nashville as well as shows on the road to promote his new music.

Motorsports are another attraction the fair offers.

Wednesday features ATV Dirt Drags. Thursday Night will have the always entertaining Demolition Derby, with Friday Night hosting the Truck and Tractor Pulls featuring the Lucas Oil Super Stock 4×4 truck class. Saturday afternoon will showcase the Mud Bogs with many different classes of vehicles. Pit admission has changed this year for Mud Bogs and Pulling Events. Participants and those riding in with them will me admitted free, any walk-ins will be charged $10 per person.

This is just a sampling of the entertainment and events offered at the 54th annual Tyler County Fair! Season membership is $30.

Regular cost is $8 through Thursday; and $10 Friday and Saturday.