Bath County One Day Fair is Saturday in Millboro

Saturday is going to be a busy day in Millboro.  The first Bath County One Day Fair will be held along with other events that will go on throughout the day.  Kari Sponaugle is organizing the One Day Fair.  She’s the Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent in Bath County.

“We’re hosting in partnership with Tourism and the Bath Animal Welfare Foundation, as well as Millboro Elementary School, we’re going to have a One Day Bath County Fair,” says Sponaugle. “And we’re going to have all kinds of fun things including contests.  We’re going to have a parade, live music, kid crafts and inflatables for the kids to play on, as well as local vendors.”

Sponaugle is hoping this is just the beginning for the Bath County Fair.

“Well, growing up in 4-H and now being the 4-H Agent, I really enjoyed being part of the Highland County Fair and I wanted to have an experience similar to that for Bath County youth, as well as adults,” says Sponaugle.  “The Highland County Fair is open to youth and adults to participate and there are contests from baked goods to livestock.  And so what I wanted to start in Bath was another fair, so to speak.  We’re going to start small and we’re going to do a one day this year and we’re going to include contests, such as baked goods and canned goods, arts and crafts and photography, as well as floral and vegetable exhibits.  And then we hope to stem in the next years to expansion to include livestock projects so our 4-H youth can participate in that contest as well.”

All the exhibits and contests that are part of the One Day Fair will be at Millboro Elementary School.

“At 9 o’clock is the actual registration for the contests,” says Sponaugle.  “So if you have a baked good, a canned good, a photo or a picture you’ve drawn that you want to enter, you would bring that in at 9 o’clock with the registration.  And then from 10 to 11 o’clock there will be judging, so the exhibits will be closed to the public.  And then at 11 we will open the fair with a parade that starts at Millboro Christian Church and leads to the elementary school.  And then at 11 o’clock all the exhibits will be open and they’ll have the awards placed on them.”

And Millboro Elementary School is holding it’s annual Fall Festival on Saturday too.  It gets underway at 11.   There will be a cake walk, bucket rides offered by BARC Electric, corn hole games and more.

“Also during the day we’re going to have live music, that was sponsored by tourism, as well as the kids are going to have fun games and crafts that they can participate in,” says Sponaugle.  “These are activities that have already been in place by Mrs. Hicklin, the Principal at Millboro Elementary, because she’s had a Fall Festival the last two years.  So in partnership with our fair contest activities, we also have the Fall Festival activities that Mrs. Hicklin will host.”

And a Truck and Tractor Pull will be held Saturday beginning at 1 at the Millboro Industrial Park.  It benefits the Millboro Volunteer Fire Association.

“We are having the fair kind of in conjunction with it, but not partnered with it,” says Sponaugle.  “So you can come to the fair in the morning and then go to the tractor pull that afternoon.”

The Bath County One Day Fair is Saturday, October 18, from 11 to 3:30.

For more information, call the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Bath County at 540-839-7261

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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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