The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

August 18, 2012

Poultry, Presley and ‘everything’ make State Fair great

FAIRLEA — A CHICK-CHICK HERE ... The Poultry Industries Center was a hub of activity when I strolled through building Friday.

One of the first things that caught my eye was a cage filled with baby chicks that were very, very small. And some of them were gathered around the nipple drinker. They could hardly stand up so those of us taking a peek at them decided they were newborns.

They were cute.   

In a nearby cage there was a white turkey hen from Rocky Ridge Farm in Union and just a few feet away was an Auburn Tom Turkey from Orchard View Farm in Sinks Grove.

There was an interesting display of the history of poultry processing in 1913 and a table with a platter of (guess what) chicken tenders for those making the rounds of the building.


THANK YOU VERY MUCH! ... If you’re an Elvis Presley fan you might want to pay a visit to the Cornerstone Christian Bookstore in the Grandstand Marketplace where there are several Elvis items for sale.

Managers of the business, which is based in Fairlea, are Dewey and Katie Beckett.


VERY GOOD ... That’s the answer a family from Pineville gave me when they described the char-broiled rib eye steak sandwich which is a  favorite at the State Fair.

In the family group were Brian and Kathy Osborne and their children, Erika and Michael.  

The Steak Wagon, a project of the West Virginia Cattlemen’s Association for more than two decades, is located near the Gus R. Douglass Annex with Jim Bostic, executive director of the West Virginia Beef Council, as the coordinator.

The State Fair project is designed to promote the beef industry.


WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE ... “Everything!” That was the answer 4-year-old Ryan Bragg gave me when I asked what he liked best about the fair.

Ryan came to the exposition with his grandparents, Jo Ellen and Roger Bragg of Beaver.  

Jo Ellen has missed only one State Fair since 1969, while her husband has a perfect attendance.


FLYING DOGS ...  If you’re at the fair today, you might want to catch The Flying Hounds Frisbee Trick Dog Show.  It’s getting rave reviews, it’s a free attraction and the stars are rescue dogs.


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