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County fair winds down

By Staff | Aug 21, 2015

Every 4-H member in the county strives to do their best for their fair exhibit. Completed projects and project books bring a close to another 4-H year.

The Jefferson County Fair winds down this weekend after a week full of all kinds of demonstrations, contests, showings and rides. Add in ribbons won, food eaten and events watched and that adds up to another successful fair season.

Fair manager Todd Wilt indicated midweek that things were off to a great start with weather cooperating.

Kicking off fair week, Sevanna Conrad was crowned Miss Jefferson County Fair 2015 in the annual pageant. A student at Jefferson High School, Conrad said this was her second year competing in the event.

Two nights were set aside during the week as “ride all night” for one price. The start of school Monday seemed to knock fair-goer numbers back a bit; however, those who attended enjoyed the bargain price.

Stands were packed for truck pulls and a demolition derby during the week.

Easton Meeks relaxes as his parents push him along the midway at the Jefferson County Fair earlier this week.

Tonight brings a meet and greet with drivers of monster trucks followed by a monster truck show. Wilt says this is big change in scheduling from fair days of old. He is hopeful for a positive turn out, saying that in following the forecasts, it appears as if the weather will be nice for the evening.

The fair closes out on Saturday with the sale of of 4-H and FFA livestock animals at noon in the show barn. Business and individuals will square off offering higher and higher bids for those animals raised by the county’s youth.

Saturday evening also offers a 4-wheel drive pull with three interstate classes. Various other activities go on throughout the day as well.

Many booth-holders at the fair offered chances at winning various prizes. Those drawings will all be done on Saturday with phone calls placed to lucky winners.

By the time the lights go out on the fairgrounds at 11 p.m. Saturday, all exhibits will be removed with ribbons attached. Animals will either go to their new buyers or return home to their barns and pens. Carnival rides will be dismantled and head out on their trucks Sunday for the next fair location. And the countdown will be on for the 2016 fair season.

Polly, a dairy entry owned by the Vickers family, greeted visitors at her stall during Fair Week. She was joined by her sister, Dolly and mother Holly.

Cody Johnston plays a sax solo during Jefferson High's 2nd period jazz performance Monday evening at the fair.

Young riders still had time to text a message or photo as they rose to the top of the Super Shot ride on the midway. Once at the top, the riders plummeted quickly to the ground.