School bus on fair grounds

KEARNEYSVILLE, WV -- The Annual Jefferson County Fair will be a busy time for Jefferson County Schools (JCS) staff and students! Visit the fair between August 22 and August 28 to support JCS students through the Stuff-A-Bus event. 

“We are asking the community to fill our bus with all kinds of school supplies for our Jefferson County students in need,” according to JCS Transportation Supervisor Heather Pindell. 

She and other volunteers from the JCS Transportation Department are asking for book bags, pencils, paper, notebooks, and anything else people can donate to get school started on the right foot for kids.

The fair will also give students involved in youth organizations such as 4-H and FFA an opportunity to share their skills. Members of these groups exhibit livestock and sell market animals as part of their participation in the fair.

           4-H members complete projects books that are specific and contain activities and projects that help them learn about the care and management of their animals. They will also keep a detailed record guide outlining their expenses and important dates throughout the year. FFA members complete their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project by recording expenses and weekly journal entries on their project animals.  

Students use the knowledge gained from being enrolled in an agriculture class to help them make management decisions for their animals. 

There are 229 completed 4-H livestock/animal projects and 42 FFA market animal entries, along with 14 students exhibiting breeding and other animals at the fair this year. 

Agriculture teacher at Washington High School, Katlin Grantham, says it is a great way to have fun while learning.

“Raising and showing animals and livestock provides our students with an opportunity to develop essential skills that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. The Jefferson County Fair allows them to showcase the time and hard work they have put into raising their animals and also serves as an educational opportunity for the community to learn more about animal agriculture.”