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disappointed patron

United States

#1 Aug 4, 2009
I have been going to the Manington fair for years, and they have really topped themselves with the disappointment factor this year! What is with the rides? There are only two, maybe three counting the scrambler for adults/older children...then, there is some contraption right in the middle of the grounds that seems to be run with a gasoline motor, from which my kids got deathly ill after standing in line for and then riding it (from the gas fumes it emitted) they were crying with a headache and begging to leave...very rare, I usually have to drag them away from this type of place! Now I know the ecomomy is not the best, but I also know that there has to be a crap load of money made for this event by the $5 admission alone! Come on guys! Just some constructive criticism...lets fix this before it gets any worse! It really is starting to look like the Plum Run fair (do they still have that?) I used to be proud of our fair and tell people who have never been there to be sure to come, that it is the biggest fair next to the state fair,,,now i am very embarrassed that I have told people that, they really probably wonder what was going through my mind!
I agree

United States

#2 Aug 4, 2009
I agree with you 100%,the fair is not like it use to be, and it's sad!.. They barely have any games to play anymore and everything that use to be there isn't anymore! it is not worth $5.00 anymore just to walk in!.. it's a shame that we use to be the biggest fair around now it's the smallest!
the fair sucks

United States

#3 Aug 4, 2009
i agree too. there is nothing to do .. but if your hungry there is abunch of places to eat and the food is expensive.. and i think there should be more bigger rides too.. i was really disappointed with the fair.. i not going back up there.. we are thinking about going to kennywood at least there more to do there..
amanda

Salisbury, MD

#4 Aug 4, 2009
I think that the fair this year just went down hill so bad that it isn't even worth the 5 dollars to get in. There's not that much of a selection for the kids at all, and to pay all that money to ride, what rides theres none there, the parade wasn't all that great this year either, i was very very dissappointed to see what i saw
amanda

Salisbury, MD

#5 Aug 4, 2009
disappointed patron wrote:
I have been going to the Manington fair for years, and they have really topped themselves with the disappointment factor this year! What is with the rides? There are only two, maybe three counting the scrambler for adults/older children...then, there is some contraption right in the middle of the grounds that seems to be run with a gasoline motor, from which my kids got deathly ill after standing in line for and then riding it (from the gas fumes it emitted) they were crying with a headache and begging to leave...very rare, I usually have to drag them away from this type of place! Now I know the ecomomy is not the best, but I also know that there has to be a crap load of money made for this event by the $5 admission alone! Come on guys! Just some constructive criticism...lets fix this before it gets any worse! It really is starting to look like the Plum Run fair (do they still have that?) I used to be proud of our fair and tell people who have never been there to be sure to come, that it is the biggest fair next to the state fair,,,now i am very embarrassed that I have told people that, they really probably wonder what was going through my mind!
I had the same problem with my kids , the fumes were bad that they were complaining with headaches and there stomaches feeling qeezy, its a shame about the fair
Fair sucks

United States

#6 Aug 4, 2009
Agree thats why we plan our vacatin out of town during this week it is a Thorne reunion and really dont care to see any of they're faces once a year is more than enough. Sad Fair this year waist of money. Parade sucked also maybe they need new organizers.
feelin sad too

Fairmont, WV

#7 Aug 4, 2009
hey if anyone is complaining and you live in city limits (which i think you have to) vote at the fair elections...get some of these idiots out of there and let's take back our fair!!!
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loved

Salisbury, MD

#9 Aug 4, 2009
I agree fair this year sucks so did the parade to many fire trucks!!
JOJO

United States

#10 Aug 4, 2009
I must say that I agree. The fair was such a disappointment this year. We waited in the ticket line for over five minutes and didn't move a bit.(The line for the rides) We finally asked our five children if they really wanted to wait all night to ride. They agreed to play games. First of all there were hardly any rides for the older children. Off to the games we went. First game- darts. There was one guy running it. He was also trying to take care of his son. He finally got disgusted and gave all the kids there a toy. Incorrect change given back to us at the ring toss. Why was there not more ticket booths for the rides? Why were there only three rides for older children? What ever happened to the local people putting in the games? I grew up with the fair and TRULY miss what it used to be. I do have to agree that food booths are great. PLEASE bring back the old Mannington Fair - The one that made you proud to brag about!!!! I too had company in last night. I wish I would have persuaded them to go home after the parade, instead of wasting there hard earned money at the fair. I usedto be so excited for this week, now I dread it. By the way, the parade was nice, but too many firetrucks. Maybe it would not have been quite as noticeable if they didn't continuously blow the sirens. Many communities ban this, Maybe our community should think about this. Let's all get together and revive the Mannington District Fair. We usually attend every night. I won't be back this year. Fair board , you have quite a lot to prove to the fine people of Mannington to win back our respect.
Fair Election

Sutton, WV

#11 Aug 4, 2009
The Fair Board is made up of 7 (in city) directors and 7(outside city limits)directors who live within the Mannington District. There is an election this year. Just let a director know if you want your name on the ballot.
Oh My

United States

#12 Aug 4, 2009
Do you really think anyone will beat out Thornes everything they have they're hand in is fixed. They wont give it up easy but dont have the sense to let it go to the ones that care about it.
disappointed

Salisbury, MD

#13 Aug 4, 2009
from what i was told , that the reason there is nothing at the fair this year is because the fair committee didnt want to pay the money to have all the rides and game there and that gambel amusement want them to charge everyone 10 dollars to get in that included getting in and riding rides and the board would not approve
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To Citizen

United States

#15 Aug 4, 2009
I have nothing to do with the Mannington Fair and the Marion County Commission is not involved in any way with the fair or their decisions. The Mannington District Fair is ran by a Board of Directors who are elected. They also have officers.Judy Carson is the secretary, Jack Wilson is the Vice President, Eva Yoho is the Treasurer and Bob Thorne is the President. The Mannington District Fair has been around since 1932 and has survived continuosly since then. I only wish the best to the Fair and all the people who go. But any decision ,at all, about the Fair and their future is strictly their decision.
JUST WONDERING

United States

#16 Aug 4, 2009
ok so how much does this so called shitty fair cost to get a arm band to ride in the evenings?
Loud

Oakvale, WV

#17 Aug 4, 2009
loved wrote:
I agree fair this year sucks so did the parade to many fire trucks!!
I agree to many fire trucks and why must they keep blasting there sirens. I have said for years if they needed to go to a fire during the parade how would anyone know???? I think the sirens should be banned. It upsets the little ones & some of the older people just can't enjoy the parade.
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What Happened

United States

#19 Aug 4, 2009
Those are the oldest rides i've ever seen anywhere at any fair. If no one gets hurt before the end of the week it will be a miracle.
definitely deafened

United States

#20 Aug 4, 2009
Couldn't agree more about the fire truck horns and sirens. A little bit is OK, but too much ruins it for most people.
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still love the fair

Fairmont, WV

#22 Aug 5, 2009
The reason the rides are different is because Gambel sub-let the rides to this smaller company and they sent their nicer rides to Petersburg. They (Gambel)are trying to impress the people at Petersburg so they will sign a contract like Mannington did, then next year Gambel may send this crap to Petersburg. Or we will get this crap again.
Disappointed too

Fairmont, WV

#23 Aug 5, 2009
still love the fair wrote:
The reason the rides are different is because Gambel sub-let the rides to this smaller company and they sent their nicer rides to Petersburg. They (Gambel)are trying to impress the people at Petersburg so they will sign a contract like Mannington did, then next year Gambel may send this crap to Petersburg. Or we will get this crap again.
You are completely right. That is exactly what happened. The fair board (and I agree they all need to go except for Jack Wilson) is very upset about it. I do not know what they are planning to do but I know they are very upset with Gambil.
old big greener

United States

#24 Aug 5, 2009
Thr fair has been gone down hill for years BUT
our fair board could care less. They let Gambil run the thing and all they are concerned with is making money WHICH they know they will because let's face it, there's nothing else around. If we, the ones diddapointed, embarassed, ashamed of "our" fair, really want to do something to change things we need to STOP going and spending money there. If there finances go far enough down, they will have to change. Until then we will have the same old crap every year. I myself pray for rain all week. Believe me, I know every man on the fair board and they do not care about the average Joe, me and you and our families!!

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