"To be perfectly honest, I like meeting the people," he said. "People you met last year or the year before or people that come in from different parts of the country. It's quite interesting.
"We come, usually everyday. Sometimes we just come down for a short while, but we're interested in seeing what's going on," he said. "The fair has really been a big part of my life."
Pierson-Jolliffe said it's been interesting working with the fair. "Twenty years ago, you'd have the fair, and you thought you were busy. But now, it's nonstop."
Although Porterfield finished judging the eggs Thursday, he said he'd be hanging around the fair throughout the week.
"You can always find me here," he said with a smile.
Reach Kathryn Gregory at kathr...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.
Gate admission is $10 for adults, $8 for youth and free for children 5 years and under.
8 a.m.: Gates open
9 a.m.: Church service, Center Stage
10 a.m. to midnight: Carnival hours
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Moo U, tours approximately every hour
11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.: Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band
11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Mapapa African Acrobats
11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.: Thank-A-Farmer Magic Show
Noon, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.: Kachunga and The Alligator Show
Noon, 2:30 and 6 p.m.: Second Story Theatre, throughout the fairgrounds
12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m.: Dennis Lee, Center Stage
6 p.m.: Concert, Big Time Rush, Grandstand
Livestock Schedule: 8 a.m., Market Lambs Show; 9 a.m., Longhorn Cattle Show; 9 a.m., Judging of all other rabbit breeds; 12:30 p.m., Junior Beef Heifer Show; 6 p.m., Market Hog Showmanship; and 4 p.m., Open Horse Show.