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Troy’s Jessica Lee Hart crowned Obion County Fairest of the Fair

Troy’s Jessica Lee Hart crowned Obion County Fairest of the Fair

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 7:45 pm
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor Jessica Lee Hart of Troy was named Obion County Fairest of the Fair Monday night. She is the 17-year-old daughter of David and Jenifer Hart of Troy and a student at Obion County Central High School. She will have special duties throughout the week at the fair, which is being held for the 50th consecutive year, and will represent Obion County during the Tennessee Fair Convention next year. Her court includes first maid Rebecca Lauren Easley, 16, daughter of John and Delana Easley of Union City and a student at Union City High School; second maid Sloane Morris Lasley Bradberry, 18, daughter of Dr. Sam and Kim Bradberry of Union City and a student at the University of Tennessee at Martin; and third maid Allison Cheryl Cary, 16, daughter of Mike and Cheryl Cary of Union City and a student at OCCHS. Taylor Alexis Baker, 13, daughter of Chad and Christie Davis of Union City, won Teen Miss. She is a student at Ridgemont Elementary. Her court includes first maid Tara Marshall Elam, 13, daughter of Yvonne and Tom Elam III of Union City and a student at Union City Middle School; second maid Ali Brooke McEwen, 13, daughter of Jason and Aby Morris of Union City and Stacy McEwen of Memphis and a student at Ridgemont; and third maid Anna Anita Moore, 14, daughter of Iva Moore and Mack Moore, both of Union City, and a student at Union City High School. Fair president Brenda Baker and Union City Mayor and fair board member Terry Hailey opened the festivities at 5 Monday night. The Rev. James Kinsey offered the blessing on the fair and its attendees for the week. Jada Davis sang the national anthem and area Boy Scouts raised the American flags. Mrs. Baker informed the public that in 1958, the fair office was in the Obion County Farm Bureau building, which was located near the courthouse at the time. The total ag premiums paid out that year, the first fair to be held since 1950, were $4,200 and total premiums actually paid after judging were $2,588 for 1,389 entries. That amount has increased over the years. During the 2007 fair, almost $77,000 was paid in total premiums for nearly 10,000 entries. “I’m amazed to report a big increase in several junior department (this year). These children are the future of our county and our fair,” Mrs. Baker said. In fact, Diana Guynn, superintendent of the Junior Culinary Department, reported to The Messenger almost 3,200 entries were made in the department, up about 1,000 over 2007. Also during opening ceremonies, the late Hampton “Hamp” Yarbrough, one of the earlier fair board members, was named to the Obion County Fair Hall of Fame. Yarbrough’s grandson, Russ Woods of Mason Hall, accepted a plaque on behalf of the family. His wife, Deb Woods, and daughter, Sara Woods, were also present. More queens and courts will be named tonight at 6:30 when girls compete in the Petite Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants. The Rock the Jukebox musical will be held for the first time tonight at 9. Repeat performances will be held again at 7 and 9 Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The performances originally scheduled for Thursday evening have been canceled due to conflicts in several of the cast members schedules. Admission tonight and Wednesday will be $10 for everyone regardless of age. It includes unlimited rides. Season passes will be accepted but do not include the rides. Season tickets may be purchased for $20 at Skaggs Market in Union City and at the fair office. The annual livestock auction is also planned for tonight in the livestock barn. The Master Gardeners of Northwest Tennessee will give a presentation on Lasagna Gardening in the Domestic Arts Building tonight. It is a quick way to enrich soil and, at the same time, raise a good crop of vegetables or flowers. Nita Simpson will be demonstrating wood burning in the Domestic Arts Building on Wednesday night. Junior and open swine and the junior market goat show will be in the livestock barn at 6 p.m. and the truck and tractor pull will start at 7. Tanner Cary of Troy won the drawing Monday night and took home $500. Kelly Napier of Union City won the Pick Tennessee basket. Special award winners were named in different entry departments: Future Cooks of the Kitchen included, in ages 5-8, Hannah Dorian, 8, daughter of Kayshia and Joel Dorian of Union City and a third-grade home-schooled student; ages 9-13, Allan Russell, 11, son of Andrea and Wayne Russell of Union City and a sixth-grader at Lake Road Elementary; and ages 14-18, Martin Reyna, 16, son of Rosa Reyna of Union City and a junior at Obion County Central High School. Rebecca Archie won the Green Thumb award, Mary Lois Owens was named Best Dressed Closet winner and Donna Ryder won Queen of the Kitchen. For more information, check out the fair’s Web site www.obioncountyfair.net. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 8.13.08

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