The airfield across the West Fork River from Jackson's Mill is empty for most of the year. But each year in July, organizers put together the Lewis County Fair, bringing good family fun to the residents of the county. It's something people around the county don't want to see go away.
"It's something that's been around since I was a kid. And I don't want to see it drop either, but if you don't have the money or the backing or the budget to set up and work with it, or a group of people that can work together to pull it off, it's just something that's going to fall by the wayside," said Randy Bush, a former board member who stepped down at the end of 2013.
The Lewis County Commission supports the fair each year. Although the commissioners aren't responsible for planning the event, President Agnes Queen said they recognize the value of the fair to the wider community.
"If you have a local fair, you still have a week-long event that you can attend, and the kids can ride the rides and hang out with their friends and enjoy the festivities," said Queen.
But at the end of the year last year, only one or two volunteers were working with the board to make that happen. Now Queen said that number has gone up again, and she and Bush think the extra support will go a long way to making this year's fair a success.
"You've got to be able to work together, and as a group. You have to work as a group. And it takes the community or the county to put that on. So it's just not working with you and I, but it's working with the county in general," said Bush.
On Wednesday night, community members discussed the logistics for the 2014 Lewis County fair, from obtaining sponsorships and donations to ideas for new attractions, like an oil and gas show. Some old favorites will be back, like Demolition Derby and the Mud Bog. Organizers said they won't let any funding issues hold them back.
"So what we really need is for the community and businesses to support their fair, and that's what we need, new ideas," said Christal Hensil, president of the Lewis County fair.
If you're interested in volunteering, the fair board will meet Wednesday night at 6:30 in the old courtroom in the county courthouse.