NEW CASTLE —
Virginia has more memories than she can mention, but a few are easily recalled.
In 1962, Virginia was walking the fairgrounds at nine months pregnant. “I was as big as a barrel,” she said. “But I made it to all the events.”
Like a good daughter, Lisa waited for the fair to end before being born the following week.
“We’ve been there through every kid of weather you could imagine,” Virginia said.
“Times when it was so hot and dry that you could barely stand it and another time when we had to wear coats because it was so cold.”
She remembers a lightning strike and rain so hard that it flooded the grounds.
“The kids went swimming in middle of a field,” she said.
It was always about the kids.
“They really liked to play in the mud,” she said. “If it was too dry, they would carry buckets of water to make their own mud.”
Staying late for tractor pulls was a difficult time, but her husband was involved, so she had to wait.
It would often go on past midnight. “The kids were hanging on my legs and just wanting to go home,” she said.
She put them to bed when they got home, but had to wash their clothes and prepare to return in the morning.
It’s been her way of life for a lifetime.