POINT PLEASANT — Though it doesn’t feel like county fair weather, those who organize the fair are hard at work to make it better with the upcoming Mason County Fair Spring Prize Bash.
On Wednesday, Greg Hartley of City Ice & Fuel purchased the first ticket to the bash to be held from noon - 6 p.m., May 19 at the Mason County Fairgrounds. Prize drawings will be given away every five minutes all day long.
Beverly Forbes, a member of the fair board and chairperson of the upcoming spring bash, said this is the second event of its kind with the previous bash held in 2005. Like proceeds from the 2005 bash, this year’s bash will benefit needed maintenance and improvements to the fair grounds and as Forbes pointed out, it is the largest county fair in West Virginia.
Benny Hoffman, president of the fair board, said though the county fair happens once a year, preparing for it and maintaining the grounds is a year-round chore which costs money. Brian Billings, fair board member, said the money raised will be used to update the buildings and make improvements to Mason county’s largest, annual event - its fair. Billings said events like this bash benefit not only fair goers but youth involved in FFA and 4H.
Tickets to the bash are $50 each but the entry fee entitles a person to the whole day of prize drawings and a chance to win over 70 prizes. Though countless prizes will be given away that day, there are two top prizes one lucky winner can choose from which are either a 2012 Polaris Side by Side Ranger XP or $10,000 cash.
Other prizes up for grabs are guns, cash, Garmin GPS, flatscreen televisions, Kindles, digital cameras, laptop, two night stay at Babcock State Park and countless other goodies.
Forbes said there is a special early bird drawing for those who purchase tickets before April 17. These early birds will be entered into an additional drawing for $1,000 cash at 11:55 a.m., May 19 as well as the other prize drawings which start at noon. The Mason County Spring Bash will also provide a free hog roast and entertainment during the event. Also on Saturday, May 19, a professional corn hole tournament will take place on the fair grounds. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is sponsored by Cult of Cornhole. Call Dale Shobe at 304-895-3184 for more information.
The night before the bash is also its own event with a concert given by Neon Nickel at the fair grounds. There is a $10 admission fee for this event and a $25 fee for camping all night. Concessions will be available as well as cash drawings.
For more information about tickets for the bash or the pre-event concert and camping, call 304-674-8021.