Rodeo Auto Show Among New Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Events | Journal-news

MARTINSBURG — The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Board of Directors is adding two new events to the roster of activities that span the four-day celebration this year — the Bullride Mania Rodeo and the Apple Harvest Car Show.

The rodeo is at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the car show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, all at the Berkeley County Fairgrounds. The Bullride Mania Rodeo will take place in the outdoor arena of the Berkeley County Youth Fair.

Admission is $5 to the fairgrounds to attend events.

Rodeo board member and president Dawn Pingley said she was thrilled with the event as it provides another family option throughout the festival.

“It’s a hugely popular event in August at the fair, and I’m excited to bring this entertainment back to the community during the Apple Harvest Festival,” Pingley said. “I think this event is a great addition and will bring people to the fairgrounds for the festival this year who otherwise might not attend. Hopefully with a great turnout of spectators the MSAHF can continue to bring this event to the 2023 festival. The event is for everyone. Who doesn’t love rodeo? Bullride Mania puts on an awesome show and is a great event for all ages.

“As a board, we don’t want to lose the old traditions that started this festival, but we don’t want to stagnate. Maintaining old traditions and adding new traditions, such as the Rodeo, Fall Classic, and Car Show, to name a few, there’s something everyone will enjoy. while continuing to learn from history and look to the future,” Pingley added.

In conjunction with Local Ridez Magazine, the festival has also scheduled the 2022 Apple Harvest Car Show to take place at the fairgrounds on Sunday.

To enter a car into the car show, the fee is $20 and includes a ticket to enter the fairgrounds.

Trophies include Best in Show, Best Car, Best Truck, Best Import, Best Minitruck, Best Tractor, Best Paint, Best 4×4, Best Jeep and Top 20. There will also be food vendors, pop-up shops and the trade fair Arts. live vendors and entertainment in the main indoor arena sponsored by the First Patriot Federal Credit Union.

Board member Mary Beth Blair said Sunday would be a good day to enjoy the festivities.

“The last day of the festival is Sunday, and the council wanted to add an event that would appeal to a wider section of the community. In addition to coming to the fairgrounds on weekends for the pop-up shops and arts fair, people can now also enjoy the Apple Harvest car show on Sundays,” Blair said.

“While the festival’s main mission is to celebrate our apple heritage, we are always looking for ways to attract more people to our events, to offer something for the whole family. So while you can go out and shop, take part in an eating or apple peeling contest, you can then walk around the large grounds of the fairgrounds and see the variety of cars in the show and meet many great people. Many of the same cars you see go by in the parade will then be at the fairgrounds on Sunday for the show, and you really can get the chance to experience all of its special and unique features.

Blair brought up the idea that car shows have grown in popularity and there is a good following with the group helping to organize it for the festival.

“Bill Largent with Local Ridez magazine was instrumental in putting this great event together. The festival board asked for his help as he has had great success with other shows in the area and has great network of relationships. We are happy to have them involved and to put that in place for the festival this year,” she said. “The event is really for the whole family, and it will be so interesting to see all the different types of vehicles and meet their owners to learn all about their passion.”

For more information on the MSAHF schedule, visit

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