Bellville Street Fair: Free lessons, free french fries and a tribute to a friend

BELLVILLE – Some discerning youngsters got to see the Bellville Street Fair on Thursday. They learned about vegetables, crafts and good eats … with the help of their Bellville Elementary School teachers.

The midway of the fair was looking young and fresh thanks the appearance of several classes of second graders.

Valerie Gerhardt, leading her kids through the display area inside the Bellville Jefferson Township old fire department building, reminded everyone there was a “no touching” policy.

The tables holding handcrafted knit or crocheted items drew the attention of one astute girl, who said to the nearest adult: “Can I have your elephant?”

The elephant — very gray and very large — had been put together in yarn.

Photo by Louise Swartzwalder Bellville Elementary School teacher Valerie Gerhardt with her second grade class, learning about crafts and flowers and baked goods at the Bellville Steer Fair on Thursday.


The question from the girl got a confused response from the nearests adult, who had to explain the items were made by others, and most of the creators were not available to answer the question.

It was explained tags accompanying each display identified the creators, and the color of the ribbon signified how well their work was received.

One class from the elementary school was going on a scavenger hunt through the fair.

The fair was populated by many adults, most of them partaking of the traditional fair food.

One stand, offering french fries, was in an unwanted predicament. Worker John Simon, at Willard’s Fries, said some of his potatoes had gotten overdone, so he was giving them away. Willard’s Fries is owned by Todd Power.

Simon said he estimated he gave away two containers of fries.

Lesson to the crowd: Timing, if you want free food, is everything.

Photo by Jeff Hoffer
Clear Fork High School senior is the 2018 Bellville Street Fair Queen. She was announced during a program on Wednesday evening in Bellville. She received a tiara and sash from 2017 queen Abbi Klaus. They are joined in the photo by Street Fair Princess Karlee Chapman.

The winner of the fair queen contest, held Wednesday night, was Reagan Marshall, 17, a senior at Clear Fork High School.

There were three other competitors.

The first runner up was Valerie Golden. Second runner up was Victoria Skoog and third runner up, Amaya Copeland.

Brandy Weyhmeller, who organizes the queen contest, said the contestants had interviews with three judges Saturday. The Wednesday night competition had the four answer questions drawn at random.

For that part of the contest, three judges participated. All contestants are high school seniors.

Photo by Louise Swartzwalder
A sign outside the fair board office pays tribute to Craig Roberts, who recently passed away following a battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

A large sign outside the fair board office has a message for Craig Roberts, who recently passed away after battling with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Roberts was active in the fire department for many years.

The sign says: Bellville Street Fair. 2018. Craig. This fair is for you. Rest in peace.

By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star