The Marshall County Back to School Fun Fair wrapped up early Wednesday in Moundsville.
More than 1,000 kids from preschool through high school showed up with their parents to get backpacks, school supplies, even face paintings and free haircuts.
The line was long but people said they were surprised how quickly it moved. Susie Baker, who founded the event, said as one of 11 children, growing up she was always sad to start the school year unprepared, “It absolutely is a leg up and not a hand out because what we do for the fun fair is we have everybody come. There’s no income guidelines. So everybody’s here, whether you’re rich or if you’re struggling. You know, everyone’s here. So it’s not a fair just for poor people.”
Beth Williams, a hair stylist from First Impressions Salon, said the event is important for many of the kids, “Sometimes it’s the only real haircut they get in a full year so we really enjoy doing it for them. And the kids are always really good. They come in, they sit down, they wait their turn.”
Last year, more than 1,200 families took part. The fun fair began in 2000 and has grown each year.
There were prize drawings for Kennywood tickets, bicycles and more.
It was held at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, one person told us she saw people starting to line up late last night.