4th Bath County Fair, Fun and Educational for all

This year’s Bath County Fair is right around the corner, and all of the sponsors invite everyone to join in Saturday September 16th from 10 am until four in the afternoon. I asked Millboro Elementary School how BARCelectric became part of the group who brings this special, fun-sized fair to eastern Bath County each year.

“They typically do a customer appreciation even every two years, and this year they decided to partner with us, and do a joint event. They’re sponsoring a lot of cool events; carriage rides, climbing wall, fast pitch booth, and they’re joining with us to make this a much bigger better event for the community.”

Other sponsors, in addition to BARCelectric and Millboro Elementary School include, Lexington Carriage Company, Bath Animal Welfare, County of Bath Office of Tourism, and Virginia Cooperative Extension office and 4-H. Because the 4-H exhibits, especially fruits and vegetables, and arts and crafts are always impressive, I had to ask about some of these old favorites.

“Do you know what some of those might be again this year?” Again Mrs. Hicklin,

“There are quite a few different contests; we’ve got different homemaking contests, chocolate chip cookies, cakes, breads and rolls. There’s also an arts and crafts category, with several different options. There is an agricultural products and floriculture which includes different vegetables that may have been grown within the last year.”

And because this is a small fair, the livestock area is for small animals such as,

“rabbits or guinea pigs. We have a sportsman’s contest for this year as well, and that would be deer, fish, other animals, bear, and western game, and that is going to take place in the library. You can register the evening before from I believe five to six pm, or you can register the morning of between nine and ten.”

In addition to Knockerball, and carnival games, the free hamburger lunch courtesy of Barcelectric, and great food all around, there is a golden chance to take your favorite dog to strut their stuff in Paws for a Cause. Alison Hicklin continued.

“Last year we had several great dogs enter the contest, and it was great fun for the kids and for the dogs, and so we’re hoping this year we have more dog entries, and we’ve got a lot of ribbons to give out to all the different animals.”

There will be live music throughout the day too. Beware the Fisherman, if you’ve not heard of them before (musical interlude), and

Those Guys with the familiar face of Senor Youngdahl, who’s a former teacher at Bath County High School.

Whether you choose to ride in a bucket truck, touch a fire truck, or take a chance on many prizes, it will be a Saturday to remember.   For any one interested in selling or displaying products of their own, Alison offered the following.

“They can contact Eddie Hicklin, or myself, here at the school, and get a vendor application, and we would be happy to have anyone join us.

It’s just been a great community event; we’ve got lots of organizations and people, and we are so thankful to have, and we are so thankful to have BARC partnering with us this year, and they are going to bring just an extra special piece to the puzzle for this event.”


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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