FORT ASHBY — The 68th annual Mineral County Fair this year features crowd favorites, including the four-wheel drive Mud Bog and Demolition Derby along with top-notch local entertainment taking the stage each night.

FORT ASHBY — The 68th annual Mineral County Fair this year features crowd favorites, including the four-wheel drive Mud Bog and Demolition Derby along with top-notch local entertainment taking the stage each night.
The fair kicks off on Tuesday, June 20, with a return performance by country-gospel artist Josh Oldaker of Harrison County. Oldaker takes the stage at 7 p.m. along with young women vying for the title of Mineral County Fair Queen. The Diamond J. Rodeo will feature some of the best cowboys around hoping to stay atop one of bucking bulls. Show time is 7 p.m. at the track.
“We’re the first area fair of the summer season and we hope everyone comes out to enjoy the best Mineral County has to offer not only from the farming community but local talent as well,” said fair chairman Bill Bradfield. “We have at least eight young ladies competing in the Mineral County Fair queen contest.”
Season tickets are on sale though June 20 at BB&T and M&T banks in Fort Ashby; Grady’s One Stop, Fort Ashby; Mineral County Extension Office, Keyser; and the Mineral County Fair Office.
Rides and attractions are provided by Cole Amusement Co. of Covington, Virginia
On Wednesday, June 21, the Teal Steel Band from Frankfort Middle School will bring its unique sound to the stage in performances at 7 and 9 p.m. The Demolition Derby will be split into two nights with the four-cylinder cars taking the track at 7 p.m.
The eight-cylinder Demolition Derby returns on Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m. along with area bluegrass favorites Highland Grass taking the stage at 7 and 9 p.m.   
Friday, June 23, will see day one of the Mud Bog, featuring stock and modified class vehicles at 7 p.m. The livestock auction will take place at 6 p.m and fireworks will light up the fairgrounds’ sky beginning at 10 p.m. Lady Invidia also performs at 7 and 9 p.m.
The 4-H Pony Express Horse Show is set for Saturday, June 24, at 9 a.m. at the outside arena on the state Route 28 side of the fairgrounds.
The Cumberland-based band Strangerz will round out fair week on June 24 with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. along with the super stock and super modified classes of the Mud Bog at the track. The grand feature parade will line up beginning at 3 p.m. June 24 on Dan’s Run Road. The parade will start at 4 p.m.
Gates and rides open each night at 6 p.m. and at 5 p.m. on June 24.
A pay-one-price fee includes gate admission, parking, all rides and stage and track entertainment. Fairgoers 62 and older are admitted each night for half price. Children 36 inches and under get in free.
This year’s fair grand drawing takes place Saturday at 10 p.m. Tickets are available from any member of the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company and at the grand drawing booth.
To participate in the parade, contact Darren Puffinburger at dpuff37@gmail.com or call the fair office at 304-298-3712.
For information on the Mud Bog, call Jack Fullerton Promotions at 814-634-0916. For information on the Demolition Derby, call Larry Humbertson at 301-697-0142.
For information on Cole Amusement Co. rides, visit http://colerides.com/.
For additional information or to reserve commercial space in the exhibit hall, contact the fair office at 304-298-3712. More information also is available at www.mineralcountyfair.org.
Members of the fair board are Bill Bradfield, chairman; Matt Batchelor, assistant chairman; Helen Cheshire, secretary-treasurer; and John Dodrill and Darren Puffinburger, directors.
The Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company sponsors the fair.