Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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Some people probably felt the heat more than others, but for the most part the weather didn't keep people from coming to the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition.

One exception was Saturday afternoon when a downpour came through the area.

"We had one day that, while it didn't rain here, it rained all around us," says fair organizer Angie Zoller, "and that slowed our Saturday down a little bit, but with the entertainment we still pulled a large crowd."

Zoller says the fair was mostly able to avoid the raindrops last summer, one of the wettest on record, and the Saturday rain was gone by evening, bringing out good crowds to the fair-closing Aaron Tippin concert and tractor pulls.

With the fair now history for 2004, attention now is turning toward next year.

"We're already looking at booking our entertainment," Zoller says. "We're throwing around possibilities, we're looking at stuff we have on the track, how to improve what we had this year. We're already working on next year."

For this year, the next fair in our area is the Jackson County Junior Fair, scheduled to start Monday and continuing through July 31, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Cottageville.