The Barbour County Fair officially got underway over the weekend, but pieces are still being set up and readied for the big crowds that start arriving Monday night. For 2014 Fair Queen Hannah Matlick, this is a week she can't wait for every year.
"I've pretty much grown up here. I've been at the fair every year since I can remember, I've been here. My family's really big, has been really big in the 4-H and everything, and that's pretty much what this fair is built on, the 4-H and the livestock," said Matlick.
Members of the media got a sneak peek at the fair and the fair court at a special lunch Monday. And while much of the fair is similar to last year, there are a few changes. This is the first year the fair will have both a king and queen, and the fair will feature some big entertainers, including Jamie Lynn Spears. But for organizer John Loyd, it's simply continuing a tradition that's been going on for decades.
"There's been a fair in Barbour County since 1905 that I know of, with the old Barbour County Street Fair starting then, and so there's been a fair for over a hundred years," Loyd said.
Loyd said the fair has something for everyone to enjoy, from livestock shows to midway games to exhibitor booths. But no matter the interest, both he and Matlick want people to come and see it all for themselves.
"This is just a family-friendly environment. No matter what, anybody can come and we'll treat you like you're family, and you'll always leave here with a great memory that will last a lifetime no matter what," said Matlick.