Bath County Fair is in its Second Year

While most of our thoughts are turned towards amusement park rides, and the cattle show, and the Demolition Derby, September also holds another local fair. In Millboro, in Bath County, a two-year old fair comes towards the end of the month.

Kari Sponaugle, of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and 4H coordinator for Highland ad Bath invites everyone.

“This is the second annual event for the Bath County Fair. Last year we had a one day fair which was mid-October, and this year we decided to move it up a little bit for harvest season, and to get some more produce on our tables, and exhibits, so this year we’re doing Friday evening, September 25th with the Millboro Fall Festival with the Millboro Elementary School, and we’re really looking forward to a two day event. This is a countywide event with lots of partnerships and sponsorships, so we’re very excited about this coming all together as one big county partnership for the community.”

What can we expect to see there Friday evening?

“On Friday evening we will have primarily the Millboro Elementary School Fall Festival. This is their annual Fall Festival event that they’ve had for the last several years put on by Mrs. Hicklin and the teachers, so you’ll have fun and games for the kids, and lots of fun activities. We’ll also have some local vendors open Friday evening, but it will primarily be events and activities for the kids.”

But if you have grown the biggest pumpkin ever, or painted a picture you’d like to share with friends and neighbors, plan to bring those too on Friday evening.

“On Saturday morning we will be opening back up around nine or ten o’clock, and we will be open until eight o’clock that evening. That will be late registration for everything that didn’t get registered on Friday night. So again, Friday night you will register all your things so we can set up the night before. All day Saturday we’ll have all the exhibits open which is arts and crafts, flowers, vegetables. We are having a new sportsman contest this year, so for any of those mounts that you got last year, or over the past couple of years, you can put those in. We will also have music; we will have corn hole throughout the day. We will have a Bath Animal Welfare Mutt Strut, which is very exciting. We’ll have a Pumpkin Patch Queen, and Corn Maze King Kiddie Show, which will be under our main tent. We will have Millboro Ruritans serving chicken dinners, and there are all kinds of wonderful fair concessions. We’re going to have fair concessions and games as well, and it going to be a really fun day.”

Can you tell us a little about what may be different than last year?

“Well this year we hope to be a little bit bigger, and a little bit better. Like most other agricultural fairs you go to, there are livestock and other animals there, this year we get to happily introduce a petting zoo and miniature horses. So come on out and see some of our animals this year. We hope that part of our fair grows as the years go on. We’re just really excited to bring a fair, and agricultural, educational fair back to the community, since Bath County is based in agriculture, and agriculture is one of Virginia’s largest industries. And we really want to promote Bath County, and we want to promote our community, and we just want to have a great weekend.”

So for all the fair goers who may be wanting just a little more, after enjoying Highland’s for a week, there is the Bath County Fair, the evening of September 25th and all day September 26th. And for information about exhibiting your special show piece, or the fair catalog, contact Kari Sponaugle at 468-2225, or online at Cooperative Extension- Bath County.

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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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