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The Spy: State Fair Through a Kids’ Perspective

Hashtag is proud to announce the debut of a new monthly feature. The #Hashtag Junior Spy Club. . .  So, listen up, all of you mini-spies out there.  All it takes to be a member is to be a kid and to email the newspaper at and you will be sent a copy of your #Hashtag Junior Spy Club card through email. Please be sure to include your first name. Mom and Dad will have to print it out to make a badge for you. Wear it proud because that will officially make you a #Hashtag Junior Spy.  Email us with your stories and experiences around town.You might be lucky enough to have your story featured in a future edition of the #Hashtag.

Last month it was all about the West Virginia State Fair. What better way to view the fair then from the eyes of a child? A mini-spy’s perspective.  (Plus, they are able to cover a lot more ground.  Maybe it has something to do with being lower to the ground and more aerodynamic. Idk. Wishful thinking on my part, I guess. I’m sure age has nothing to do with it.)

I was lucky enough and honored to be asked by the editor to interview some Junior Spies for the first article. These excerpts are taken from the actual interview I had with them. According to Junior Spies, Sadie, Courtney and Isabella, the best thing at the fair, hands down, was the rides; especially, ‘The Stinger’. Sadie said she was scared at first, but she got over her fear and it became her favorite. She was still waiting for the $10 her older sister owed her from the bet that she wouldn’t go on it. I assured her that notoriety from this article might get her money a little faster. Courtney said, ‘The Freak-out’ lived up to it’s name. She freaked out when she rode it. One additional humorous note: One of the spies told me that their Uncle Jerry screams like a little girl when he gets on the scary rides. All three spies agreed that the food at the fair was really good . The best thing to eat at the fair, according to Sadie, was the popcorn. She said it was, “Totally awesome”.

The best popcorn she ever had. . . . and she added, “The .99 hot dog were really really good”. Courtney’s little sister, Isabella, had a corn dog and she really liked the Dippin Dots. That is some kind of freeze dried little dots of ice cream, I think. They didn’t have that when I was a kid. Courtney liked the pizza and the caramel apples. They said all of the food at the fair was pretty good. They all loved the shows. They saw the death-defying motorcycles ride the wall. They saw the tigers. They saw a hypnotist and were amazed by that. They said it was real. “These people were really hypnotized”, said Courtney. When I asked them if they had seen any of the exhibits and prize-winning animals at the fair, there was a deadpan silence. After a few seconds, they all said in unison, a resounding “No”. . . and then went on to add that it’s not really what the fair is all about. There you have it, folks. Straight from the Junior Spies. I thanked them for the interview and told them what a great job they did. We hope to hear from a lot more mini-spies next month. Until then, ‘The Spy’

– Random Prophet. HashtagWV #93. September 2017.

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HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.