CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last year, the Wayne County Fair was left without carnival rides after the company it had contracted with failed to show up after the fair board already had paid a $5,000 deposit.
This year, the fair board is making sure that doesn't happen again.
It is teaming up with West Virginia's only amusement park to host a one-of-a-kind event throughout the next week.
Most of the 2012 Wayne County Fair will be held at Camden Park, combining traditional fair attractions with all the amenities of the historic venue.
All events except the horse show, livestock show, livestock auction and beauty pageant, which take place this Saturday, will be held at Camden Park from Tuesday through Aug. 10.
Gary Napier, president of the Wayne County Fair Board, said one reason the fair was moved to Camden Park was to make sure there was a secure vendor for carnival rides.
"Camden Park is a tradition in the area and so is the Wayne County Fair," said Rebecca Griffith, a spokeswoman for Camden Park. "We're expecting a very good turnout, and . . . we are very pleased to be able to assist the fair.
Camden Park will offer a reduced admission price of $12 per day, and that will include rides, entertainment and parking. The park also offers a $35 multi-day pass valid for the length of the fair. Gates open at 4 p.m. each day, and rides begin operating at 5 p.m.
Craft vendors will be present at Camden Park, but the fair board's agreement with the facility calls for no outside food vendors. Instead, visitors may purchase food from Camden Park's own vendors.
All 4-H projects will be on display at the amusement park.
"We have more 4-H exhibits than we've ever had," Napier said.
Bruce Finley, the vice president of the Wayne County Fair Board, said having the fair at Camden Park will reduce some of the burden of setting up and tearing down the fair, and it also places the fair in a location that is more accessible for a larger number of people.
"It was a lot of work getting prepared for the fair," he said. "We don't have to deal with that at Camden Park."