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Tyler Fair Is July 30 – Aug. 4

By Staff | Jul 25, 2018

Ronnie McDowell

The 56th annual Tyler County Fair will be held July 30 to Aug. 4. Located just three miles south of Middlebourne on Route 18, the annual event continues to strive to showcase the heritage of rural West Virginia through the various craft displays and demonstrations, livestock shows and sales, and carnival amusements and food.

The annual fair also finds ways of staying with the modern times, mainly using the avenue of music and entertainment.

Daily attractions for patrons of the fair include: exhibits from local 4-H members, quilts, photography, horticulture and craft exhibits, local business exhibits, bingo by the Friendly Lions Club, and the carnival – this year by Bartlebaugh Amusements.

Tuesday through Saturday will also bring daily shows by Freestyle Madness Moto & BMX.

Monday of the fair is highlighted by the pageants at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage area. However, opening ceremonies are slated before that, 5:15 p.m.

The Silver Knights Marching Band will proceed the event with a performance at 5 p.m.

Trackside entertainment will be ATV and Youth ATV/Dirt Drag Racing, set for 7 p.m.

Tuesday of the fair showcases Youth Day, full of games and contests starting at 10 a.m. with youth bicycle races.

A pet show is scheduled for 3 p.m., and rabbit judging and market swine show will take place at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Mod lites, mini wedge, hot mods, and 4 cylinders will race that evening, beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday marks Ladies Day. Quilting will start off at 9 a.m., along with other activities for ladies. A baked goods sale will take place at the main stage at 6 p.m. Livestock related items for the day include the beef and dairy judging at 5 p.m., feeder calf show at 6 p.m., and market steer show at 7 p.m.

Thursday is the annual Senior Citizens Day. Folks 60 years-old and older are admitted free until 2 p.m. The day will include a Senior Citizens program at noon, King of Diamonds (Tribute to Elvis and Neil Diamond) at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the Tyler County Belle pageant at 1 p.m.

Other events that day include a horse show at 11 a.m., goat show at 6:30 p.m., sheep show at 7 p.m. Trackside events include the demolition derby, slated for 7:30 p.m.

Friday is devoted to Mountaineer Day. The morning is devoted to activities such as hog calling, 11 a.m.; liar’s contest, 11:15 a.m.; hay bale throwing contest, noon; and corn hole, 1 p.m.

Truck and tractor pulls are scheduled for 7 p.m., while the livestock buyers reception is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Evening entertainment will be brought to the masses by Ronnie McDowell, scheduled for 9 p.m.

Ronnie McDowell’s roots begin in 1977 when he debuted the tribute song “The King Is Gone,” after the death of Elvis Presley. McDowell’s presence took off from there as he released a variety of hit singles and albums between 1979 and 1986. Those hit singles include “Older Women,” “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” “Watchin Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up,” and “In A New York Minute.”

In 1986, McDowell made the Top 10 with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet with Conway Twitty. McDowell followed this success with “You’re Never Too Old To Rock N’ Roll,” a rocking duet with Jerry Lee Lewis. McDowell’s version of “Unchained Melody,” was also a Top 10 hit, as well as a #1 country music video.

McDowell’s recent works include an album of beach music, along with a new country album titled “Ronnie McDowell Country,” a collection of six new songs and a few country standards by legendary writers.

To date, McDowell has made more than 30 top ten records.

McDowell sang 36 songs on the soundtrack “Elvis,” the Dick Clark-produced television movie that featured Kurt Russell as the performer.

He was also the singing voice for the television movie “Elvis and Me,” and the ABC television series “Elvis,” as well as the 1997 Showtime special “Elvis Meets Nixon.”

The fair concludes with a packed schedule of events for Saturday, Aug. 4. The truck driver’s rodeo is set for 10 a.m., while the mud bog is scheduled for noon. An archery contest is scheduled for 10 a.m., and the annual car, truck, and tractor show is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., with registration set for 1-5 p.m. Horseshoe pitching will take place at 4 p.m.

Entertainment that night will be brought by Sammy Arriaga, 7:30 p.m.; Thompson Square, 9 p.m.; and fireworks will conclude the evening’s events, after the Thompson Square performance.

Arriaga is a Cuban country vocalist who first appeared on American Idol when he won a ticket to Hollywood. Since then, Arriaga has grown as an artist and has released his debut EP in 2017, called “Meet in the Middle.”

As to Thompson Square, the husband-wife duo are best known for their #1 hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” and “If I Didn’t Have you.” Thompson Square has had multi-platinum international success and a plethora of awards, including Vocal Duo of the Year from the Academy Of Country Music and Country Music Association.

Thompson Square’s latest album is Masterpiece, and the single – by the same name, is already making regular plays on country music radio.

Season membership passes are $30 and must be purchased before Midnight on Sunday, July 29.

Daily gate admission will be $8 Monday through Thursday, and $10 Friday and Saturday. Camping is available for the Fair Week for $130, which includes (2) season passes.

See the website at tylercountyfair.org for further news, events and contact information.