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Tyler County Fair Leaves Memories

By Staff | Aug 10, 2016

MIDDLEBOURNE -The 54th annual Tyler County Fair ended another successful week of festivities when it closed the doors Saturday evening.

Carnival rides, vendors, horses, funnel cakes and fried food, musicians, dessert auctions, a Mud Bog competition and more greeted and entertained thousands of people who attended the week long fair that began Aug. 1 the Tyler County Fairgrounds. Temperatures soared into the 80s and so that people wouldn’t forget the sometimes beatdown humidity, there were a few showers every now and then.

“The fair was a success. A lot of people had a good time and we look forward to next year,” Bill Baker, president of the Tyler County Fair Association.

Among the highlights, a new fair queen – Seminole Weekley – was crowned.

“It’s been a lot of fun this week,” she said.

Weekley said among her favorite things to do was meeting people, perhaps taking photographs with them.

She attended a lot of fair functions and even chose which vehicle should be honored with a “Queen’s choice” award from the car show.

The queen’s jeweled crown was a big attraction.

“A lot of little girls asked to try the crown on,” Weekley said.

Several other queens from Tiny Miss Tyler County Fair to Teen Tyler County Fair Queen were also crowned, a list of which is found on page 10. Scores of kids and teenagers captured top honors for raising livestock. For more information about the award winners, see page 10.

Pastor Bill Dawson, formerly of the Sistersville First United Methodist Church, introduced the band, Tenth Avenue North, to a giant crowd. Musician Josh Thompson also performed.

A drone flew high in the sky day and night to take photographs of the fair.

But it wasn’t all funnel cake and carnival rides. A fair association board was elected Saturday. Donnie Seckman Sr., captured 87 votes to be elected as the Centerville District’s representative; Julia Archer – 88 votes – to be elected as Ellsworth District’s representative; Jeff Davis – 101 votes – McElroy District representative; Dawn Flesher – 96 votes – Mead District representative; Joe Smith – 100 votes – Lincoln District representative. For the Union District, three candidates ran for two slots – Terry Collins (111 votes) – Craig Eddy (68 votes) – and Shannon Huffman (24 votes). For the at-large spots, four candidates ran for two spots – Steve Weigle (78 votes) – Jake Roberts (60 votes) – Shane Matthews (51 votes) – Joe Travis (27 votes).

By overwhelming majority of 112 votes in favor to 15 votes against, the fair’s board of directors was authorized to set the dates of the fair on yearly as basis as deemed in the best interest of the fair.