ELEANOR, W.Va. -- For some, the Putnam County Fair has been a whirlwind of activity this week, with hundreds of people riding carnival rides, competing in tractor pulls and watching trucks clash in the demolition derby.
While the nights of the fair can be hectic, the days are quiet. Gates are closed until 4 p.m.
That doesn't mean there isn't work to be done.
As part of the livestock competitions at the fair, hundreds of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and other animals are shown and sold by members of area clubs throughout the week.
Millie Kimble, leader of the Trace Creek Bandits 4-H Club, is a professional rabbit breeder and has been in charge of the rabbit enclosure during the fair. According to Kimble, every child who raises rabbits as part of a project has spent months trying to breed and produce livestock ready for market.
"Steers are tagged in January, and everything else, except for rabbits and steers, are tagged in May, so they have to be ready by that time," she said. "They bring them in the first Friday of the month, and they have certain weight ranges -- the hogs have to fall between 200 and 285 pounds. Things like that."
Getting animals ready to show hasn't been the only struggle: Temperatures topped more than 90 degrees Tuesday, and many competitors spent the day trying to keep their animals cool.
Autumn Karnes, 11, and her sister Erin, 10, are completing their second year for their 4-H goat projects, and have raised their Boer goats, Maddie Magnifico and Savory Sugar, since January. Both goats were judged during the dairy and meat goat competitions Saturday but will remain on display at the fair for the rest of the week, so the sisters are responsible for caring for them.