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WV State Fair vendors raise family on the road

Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero Concessionaires Justin and Avery Vonderheid play with their two children, Braylen, 7, and Meadow, 15 months, at their Lucky Duck booth at the West Virginia State Fair.
Register-Herald photo by Rick Barbero
Concessionaires Justin and Avery Vonderheid play with their two children, Braylen, 7, and Meadow, 15 months, at their Lucky Duck booth at the West Virginia State Fair.

FAIRLEA, W.Va. — Avery Vonderheid has faithfully attended the State Fair of West Virginia since she was a little girl.

Like many, Vonderheid says the fair holds a special place in her heart, as she’s made countless memories and friends through the years.

But her memories are probably just a bit different than those of the average fairgoer.

 Vonderheid didn’t have to wait for the carnival to come to town — she rolled in with it.

“I was born into the carnival business,” the 25-year-old said, explaining her grandfather Bob Boling owned Midsouth Shows for 30 years and her mom Teresa has traveled with Reithoffer Shows for more than 30.

As a youngster, Vonderheid spent nine months out of each year on the road, attending school offered by the carnival, before returning home to Florida where she enrolled in public school for three months during the offseason.

“School was 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” she said. “I’d go home and change out of my school uniform and into my work uniform…

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