Expo put county talents on display

Volunteers put on the Morgan County Expo (formerly the county fair) for the 19th year this past weekend. Friday events in

Hailey Saville competed in the tractor pull at last Saturday’s County Expo. She won the Farm Bureau event in her age group of 5-6 year olds. photo by Lori Younker

Berkeley Spring State Park focused on youth art and activities. On Saturday, groups and vendors filled the Berkeley Springs Senior Center north of town under sunny skies.

County residents put their handmade crafts and homemade foods on display, competed in old-fashioned events like a fiddle contest, kid’s tractor pull and watermelon-eating race.

The event, organized by the Morgan County Fair Board, is a project of the West Virginia University Extension Service, in partnership with multiple non-profit groups. Informational displays taught Expo visitors about critters, plants, health topics, technology and local services.

Members organized the Morgan County Master Gardeners display. Back row, from left, are: Keith Jones and Rex Barnes. Front row, from left, are: Gale Foulds, Cat Hutton and Pat Sparks. photo by Patricia Keys

A collection of homegrown vegetables at the County Expo on Saturday. photo by Kate Shunney

Katie Thompson fiddled up three tunes as part of the Expo’s Fiddle Contest on Saturday, July 27. She’s been playing for two years. photo by Kate Shunney

Jeff Hale, retired from GM and local resident, is a second-year Photography entrant. He submitted 14 photos and won 13 ribbons (8 first-place; 3 second-place; 2 third-place). This may be a record win in the Expo’s history. photo by Patricia Keys

Cardin and Brody Beal were selling their handmade bead and sand dollar jewelry on Friday, July 26 in Berkeley Springs State Park as part of the Youth Art in the Park. photo by Lori Younker

Contestants in the watermelon-eating competition faced the juicy challenge and ate their way down to the rind. photo by Kate Shunney

Jars of homemade stock, jams, jellies, pickles and other preserves vied for ribbons at Saturday’s County Expo. photo by Kate Shunney

Visitors to the Expo on Saturday were asked to vote on their favorite locally made quilts.
photo by Kate Shunney

Denton Hendershot competed in the 7-8 year old age group at the County Expo tractor pull on Saturday, July 27. photos by Lori Younker