Mannington District Fair

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#1 Jan 21, 2009
If there were two things you could change about the Mannington District Fair what would they be?

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#2 Jan 21, 2009
First of all the prices on the rides and getting into the fair grounds would be lower! This Fair is what some folks wait for all year!Second: More rides and less games!
Mannington resident

Knox, PA

#3 Jan 21, 2009
I think u should get into the fair for free. Most people go in spend hundreds of dollars so why should we have to pay to get in. Other than that I would hope to see some good entertainment. Most people would pay good money to see someone that was worth listening to.
Donna Rinehart

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#4 Jan 22, 2009
I say first of all....get rid of Gambil....who ever does town and country days....that's who we need. Secondyl, some really good entertainement. I would pay $10 to sit and listen to someone who was known. That would draw a crowd to the fair plus it would be an improvement to our entertainment. One pricing....admission includes rides...but there again, get rid of Gamble. Last but probably most important...too many fair book handouts. I work in the community building and I get 2 books of tickets...why? I really should only get 1 and too many people are given these handouts. Granted I have 2 kids and it saves me and my husband money, but it isn't making any money for the fair. I still say the biggest improvement ......lose GAMBIL!
little ole me

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#5 Jan 22, 2009
first off ... why do you have to pay to get in then pay to ride and eat and sit to watch entertainment.. someone is making a killing.
second.. the entertainment. we need someone that is worth seeing.
i agree with donna lose gambil there way to expensive. there are so many more out there that would do such a better job..

Charleston, WV

#6 Jan 22, 2009

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#7 Jan 22, 2009
I remember when their used to be alot of games lined up along the road side. where did they go?? The rides should stay the same and add more games to play.

Fairmont, WV

#8 Jan 22, 2009
girly wrote:
I remember when their used to be alot of games lined up along the road side. where did they go?? The rides should stay the same and add more games to play.
I agree with everyone about the one price. Our fair board needs to go to Town and Country Days to see how to run a fair. You pay one price and the rides, entertainment, and even the truck racing is free. We use to bring chickens or live stock or even hobbies and crafts just to get a ticket to get in and they don't do that anymore. When we were growing up here it was so packed you couldn't even get across the bridges for about an hour. They need those little things like guessing your age and weight. Or even palm readings. I think if we're not careful, we will be closed for good, and I hate to see that. The cars use to be parked clear back to the pipe fence every night, but now it's only demo night or a good singer night. We need to bring back the crowd.
Donna Rinehart

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#9 Jan 22, 2009
there are no privately owned games....churches, organizations, etc. The games that are ther are seldom busy because they cost too much. We need to bring the fair back to belong to our town.....NOT GAMBIL AMUSEMENTS.....they just keep taking rides away and adding rides that you have to pay's getting pathetic and I want our town to take our fair back!!!!

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#10 Jan 22, 2009
well if the churches and other organizations would step up to the plate and start doing games or go to the fair board about setting up a game maybe it could be like it used to be.

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#11 Jan 25, 2009
Who, What, Where, When is "Town and Country Days"?

The Fair certainly has seen better days. The crowds are down, but there are more carnival people. I would much rather give my money to local people than to all the out of state "carnies" that congregate like buzzards on the banks of the Buffalo each August. I mean giving the fire department a dollar, trying to get a ringer with a wooden donut and walking away with a 10cent cane seems like a pleasant form of taxation. Now you spend 10 dollars walk away with a 1.00 stuffed bear and the 9 dollars you lost goes out of community, indeed out of state.\

The upper floor of the Gymnasium has the appearance of a wasteland compared to the old fair we remember and cherish. Same for the bottom of the Gym.

For years I wouldn't miss a night of the fair for fear of not seeing someone I hadn't seen in a while. Sampling all the church stands, ranking their food and friendliness. Now it's all bright lights and glitz but with no substance., one quick run through, you've seen it all.

Charleston, WV

#12 Jan 25, 2009
Becky from Mannington

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#13 Jan 25, 2009
The fair has went down hill but why the young peopledon't want to help the church people with the food stands do you know how much work goes in to this ?I do. We all are to blame for the com.building not having anything in it.WE all could of taking things to but in there. It takes more than one week out of the year to put on this fair .How many of you would work like the fair directors does and take all the hell they take?

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#14 Jan 25, 2009
I think we are not talking bad about fair board, but just things like GAMBIL, no community involvement doing games, etc. I work in the community building and the upstairs has really seen it's better days....when I started working there it was all we could do to make room for we have to spread so much out and it looks like crap. That really has nothing to do with fairboard...just people not submitting there things to display. We get alot of crops for the most part but there are money prizes seems that people will not do anything for nothing...ya know? I have always loved the fair...but it is getting really sad and I still say GAMBIL AMUSEMENTS is the main reason!
Becky from Mannington

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#15 Jan 25, 2009
Do you know that GAMBIL has the most safe rides around they take there rides to OHIO every year and go over there rides to make sure they are safe. As I said before let us all take something and put in the com. building this year.Would you like to pay $12.00 to get in if you were 60 yr old and no you are not going to ride the rides. Get the fire dept. and the churchs to have games and stands they can't because on as I said before the young people will not help.

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#16 Jan 25, 2009
It costs $8.00 for Town and country days which includes rides....that is only a couple dollars more than we pay now....and as far as safety...I haven't heard of the outfit that does Town and Country days having any accidents plus they are all family oriented....My whole family could ride every ride there. I didn't have to put my 5 year old on 1 ride and my 8 year old on another...It simply was a great time....I am not downing the Mannington me I am there just about every night, but my 6 year old has out grown the kiddie rides and cannot ride the big rides and for a parent that sucks. If gambil was as good as they used to be it wouldn't be half bad, but they are always taking away rides (big and small) and never replacing them with other rides, just other things you have to pay for (the bouncy thing, The bunjy thing, and I don't know if Gambil has the rock climb or not). I had never been to town and country days before, I just thought the value was wonderful and for all of us to get in it was $32.00 (including entertainment) and last year Bucky Covington was there....WOW! Hey, I am all about the Mannington I said, I work there in the community building every year and have for about 12 years. I am simply responding to the title of this topic.

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#17 Mar 6, 2009
Well, this is a good topix column. No nasty language and people are really trying to give good answers. Good job, Mannington people.
Now for my comments. I agree with almost all of what has been said. Fair is running downhill and town folks say it all the time. Glad to see someone is wanting public input.
Yes, lower price to get in....say $2. I know that is low, but people would spend more money. You would have b bigger crowds and more money spend. Even if you had three times the crowd to make the same money, wouldn't that be ok?(3 people X $2 =$6)
Get some really good entertainment and try to lower the price to sit down. Older people can not stand for long periods of time, and don't go on the rides. Yet, they would be a good crowd to have. Teens don't aways have the money to get in every night. Lower prices.
I really like the idea of LOCAL people having the booth and food stands. I totally agree, I would pay twice as much if I knew I was helping a local organization out. I would go home feeling better to know I helped a church, school, or local person. You need to contact these people early so they can plan.
I like this site. Good job, Mannington folks. Don't let it turn into nasty, backbiting talk like other topix on this site.

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#18 Mar 6, 2009
One more thing. This is the perfect year to start all the ideas mentioned above in this entire column. Here is your slogan for PR:


Then stick to it this one year. See if it does not help. Include booths from surrounding communities if needed. This is going to be a poor year for the fair (economy wise) try to do something good for the people who have supported you all these years and now can not really afford to attend. People who have had to cut down on the pleasures in life. People who need to have their spirits lifted in these bad times. Give back a little as a public serves. You may receive a Blessing in return.
WV Girl at Heart

Palmyra, VA

#19 Apr 5, 2009
YEAH!!! Lots of good stuff on here. And theres still plenty of time to get the community involved. Has anyone formally approached the Fair Board? Or City Hall? That might be a good place to start.
I would gladly take a weeks vacation and come back to lend a hand.
Starting places, suggestions,'spokesperson' volunteer? Anyone, any thoughts?

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#20 Apr 6, 2009
from what i hear there wil be NO CHARGE for setting on bleachers this year.

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