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UP: To the 42nd West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition which concludes its run tonight at the Wood County 4-H Fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road, in Mineral Wells. The fair, which opened Tuesday, has been blessed this year with excellent weather, to go along with the usual fun and family activities and music that make this event so special. Today’s highlights include the always-popular ATV and truck pulls and entertainment by Cole Swindell on the main stage.

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UP: To the July 16 ribbon-cutting at the Children’s Listening Place Inc., where abused children under the age of 18 are able to talk about their abuse in a relaxed atmosphere. The center is temporarily located next to Rusen & Auvil law offices, at 1206 Market St., Parkersburg. The child advocate center project here was spearheaded by the efforts of former Wood County Prosecutor Michele Rusen, who now is in private practice. The center’s executive director is Lisa Sutton, an applied behavior analyst, who has specialized training in working with children with disabilities.

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UP: To the Jackson County Junior Fair, which opens Monday and runs through Friday in Cottageville. As many who have attended this event in the past know, it is a wonderful week of fun for the whole family. As always, it offers a great mixture of local and national talent-including bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, who will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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UP: To the dozen or so volunteers who gave up part of their Saturday on July 12 to help spruce up downtown Parkersburg. The volunteers at the event, organized by Downtown PKB, cleaned and replanted the decorative flower beds in the area around the Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace. Among those volunteering were high school students from Williamstown High School and Parkersburg High School. Congratulations to these community-spirited folks who helped out at this event.