FORT ASHBY — Season tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Mineral County Fair set for June 19-23 at the fairgrounds in Fort Ashby.

For the News Tribune
FORT ASHBY — Season tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Mineral County Fair set for June 19-23 at the fairgrounds in Fort Ashby.
Grandstand attractions for the 69th annual event include bull riding and barrel racing, two demolition derbies and two nights of the four wheel drive Mud Bog.
The fair kicks off on Tuesday, June 19, 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’ve got a great week planned and we're bringing back The Voice singing competition on Thursday night,” said fair chairman Bill Bradfield. "We have great rides coming in and we're just a short drive from Cumberland, Keyser and Romney."
Season tickets are available though June 19. They offer a $15 weekly savings and can be purchased at the Mineral County Extension Office, Keyser; M&T Bank, Fort Ashby; FNB, Fort Ashby; First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union, Short Gap, ATK and Keyser branches; Grant County Bank, Keyser; First United Bank and Trust, Keyser; Grady’s One Stop, Fort Ashby; and the Mineral County Fair Office.
Rides and attractions are provided by Cole Amusement Co. of Covington, Virginia.
On June 20, local band 28 Speedway will perform 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 and mini van class demolition derbies return on June 21 at 7 p.m. along with The Voice competition at 7 p.m.
June 22 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 Frankfort Middle School's Teal Steel drum band also performs at 7 and 9 p.m.
The 4-H Pony Express Horse Show is set for June 23 at 9 a.m. at the outside arena on the state Route 28 side of the fairgrounds.
The Last Call band will round out fair week on June 23 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 23 on Dan’s Run Road. The parade will start at 4 p.m.
Gates and rides open June 19-22 at 6 p.m. On June 23, gates open at 5 p.m. after the parade with rides opening at 5:30 p.m.
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.
This year’s fair grand drawing takes place June 23 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 derbies, 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.