SMITHFIELD - Although it is not yet autumn, the cover of the Jefferson County Fair premium book features an inviting fall scene. That "Old Fashioned Hayride" theme will carry over into the large print that will be auctioned off during intermission at the livestock sale on Saturday.
The artist of the cozy scene, Dave Barnhouse, is no stranger to the Jefferson County Fair. He has contributed his works for the junior fair committee for the auction and to the bike night program that is sponsored by the fair board.
The work of Barnhouse has been appreciated by both committees, and he was honored to have been selected to serve as parade grand marshal several years ago.
PRINT DISPLAYED — Joel Rutan and Emily Lamantia, Jefferson County Junior Fair royalty, show off the “Old Fashioned Hayride” print that has been donated by Dave Barnhouse and will be auctioned at the livestock sale on Saturday. The proceeds are to be used for the junior fair committee needs.
The "Old Fashioned Hayride" scene is a combination of the rustic and old-fashioned look of the Bloomingdale Methodist Church and the draft horses of Kurt and Virginia Glenn of Irondale, along with a wagon carrying their family, according to Barnhouse.
The church and the wagon never actually came together in the way depicted. This was the work of a photograph taken of the church and another of the Glenn family and put together through the artist's imagination.
Virginia Glenn said their black Percheron horses, Buck and Rem - short for Remmington - were used for the picture. The young man seated on the step of the wagon is their grandson, Carl, while those seated behind are grandsons, C.J., August, Nicholas and Logan. Daughter Rachel Granatir is pictured holding her baby, Adrianne, as well.
"Dave spent three hours posing the horses and family. It was quite an experience. He has done much to preserve the history of our county," she said. "The horses belong to our son, Charlie, who works them, but Barnhouse wanted Kurt to be behind the reins for the picture.".
The Glenns granddaughter, Ally, takes Buck as a 4-H project in the draft horse category as well.
The Owl Town Farms, named for a once small community in Long Run, has 26 horses, including dwarf, miniatures, riding and draft horses.
Some of the other people depicted in the scene are Vaughn Davis of Colliers and his wife, as well as Argyle Davis of Weirton. Jim Taylor is the man with the black coat and hat at the very back of the wagon.
Virginia Glenn said "The Old Fashioned Hayride" was done in commemoration of the 2012 Turkey Federation. Turkey Hill Road is not the name of the actual street that runs past the church, but a nice introduction to the fact that the area is great wild turkey hunting territory.
The cars of the 1950s era in the print are some of the artist's favorites, and the building to the right is a horseshoe repair structure, something that would be necessary for the horses.
"I wanted to convey a cozy feeling with good friends and family all around, a time when a nice, hot supper would be enjoyed after the hayride. A great evening for everybody," Barnhouse said.