CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — Midway through the summer season, parents and students alike have had the chance to enjoy many activities — especially when compared to last year when so many were canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sarah and Frank Zajac, a couple from Philippi, have enjoyed the summer with their 7-year-old daughter, Madi, at Philippi City Pool in Dayton Park. The family also attended the West Virginia Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon and the Blue and Grey Reunion in Philippi in May and early June, respectively, after both were postponed in 2020.
“It’s nice to be able to do things outside we weren’t able to last year when we’re not working,” Sarah Zajac said. “We’re excited about the Barbour County Fair coming up. We go all over, or for weekends at the zoo or the Game Farm.”
Sherri Cayer of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has spent most of her summer watching her son Joshua play right field or pitch for the Hempfield Wolverines 14-U travel baseball team. After competing often this summer in Pennsylvania, the team participated in Bridgeport’s Showdown in the Mountains tournament Saturday.
The Athens (Ohio) Bulldogs also played in the tournament, with parents such as Alison and Dave Sincoff along for the trip to watch son Noah.
“We missed coming last year because we came the year before and it was our first time visiting Bridgeport,” Alison said. “The complex here is fantastic, a great place to come back to.”
Dave, who grew up and played baseball in New Jersey, enjoyed keeping score in the stands — a practice he learned from his mother.
Showdown in the Mountains was the Bulldogs’ last away tournament for the season, and Bridgeport was the longest trip for the team this summer.
When Bridgeport’s Brooklyn Davisson, a rising sophomore at Lincoln High School in Shinnston, is not practicing basketball and soccer for the respective school seasons, she is either riding horses or fishing during her summer break. She didn’t play on the soccer team last year.
Davisson also enjoys being able to go to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Bulltown Campground in Burnsville with her family.
Bethany Cumpston of Parkersburg will be able to enjoy the summer weather with her family — including both an older and younger sister — at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this August, as well as spend more time with her 1-year-old son, Lincoln. Cumpston, originally from Harrison County, comes back to visit the area year-round.
Aside from shopping at Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport, working part-time at Walmart has prevented Fairmont’s Madison Boyles and friend John Amos from being able to enjoy very much of summer. Amos missed out on his family’s trip to the beach, but Boyles did take a week off to go with her family to Myrtle Beach.
The pair will resume classes at Fairmont State University on Aug. 9.