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W.Va. Interstate Fair and Exposition opens in Mineral Wells

By JEFF SAULTON

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va.  — While attendance didn’t pick up until later the first day, the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition was a beehive of activity as vendors were finishing setting up and making last minute adjustments on Tuesday.

Sheryl Carpenter, a member of the Belleville Helping Hands Quilt Guild and Community Education Outreach Services, works on a quilt at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition using a 1953 Singer Sewing Machine Tuesday.
(Photo by Jeff Saulton)

Angie Zoller, board of directors member for the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition, said this year’s fairgoers will notice a few changes and they will see more vendors along the fairway.

“We’ve been improving on what we have,” she said. “There’s a new cover for our stage and we have tripled our crafters this year. We’re just improving on what we’ve had in the past.”

One vendor who has been at the fair said Mineral Wells was a regular stop for them.

“This is our 11th year,” said Yvette Raad, of Jane Lew, W.Va. “We operate three trailers.”

She said they got started in the food truck business at fairs and festivals about 22 years ago.

In the crafting area members of the Belleville Helping Hands Quilt Guild were showing the public how they make quilts.

Blanche Stephens and Wilma Wigal said they have been working on quilts at the fair for the past five years. At first they were working on works in progress and showing off some of their quilts that won past shows.

Wigal said she was stitching together some squares to make bigger pieces for one of her quilts.

Sheryl Carpenter, also a member of the guild and the Community Education Outreach Services, was showing how she made a quilt with a 1953 vintage Singer sewing machine.

“They called this one the featherweight,” she said. “It doesn’t do any decorative stitches and it doesn’t make button holes. They made a button hole attachment for this but I’ve never used it. I used my big fancy machine for that.”

Carpenter said the machine was all she needs for simple jobs.

“It’s perfect to stitch together two things,” she said. “It only weighs 13 pounds, comes with its own case, sews like a dream and it’s quiet.”

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