Fairest of the Fair highlights opening night festivities

Fairest of the Fair highlights opening night festivities

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 10:15 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Obion County Fairest of the Fair Katherine Parker will relinquish her title tonight when she crowns a new fair beauty.
The pageant is just one of the highlight’s of tonight’s slate of events when the Obion County Fair kicks off another year of fun and festivities showcasing the best this county has to offer.
This year’s theme is “Furthering Our Future — Remembering Our Past” — a nod to the University of Tennessee Extension Service, which is celebrating 100 years in 2010.
Obion County Fair board president Brenda Baker said they’re hoping for better, cooler weather this week.
“This morning is beautiful,” she said, adding it will help with getting livestock in the barn. “We’ve worked in the heat for two weeks getting ready for the fair. We need a break from the heat. I won’t even fuss about a little rain if it comes at the right time.”
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 5 near the Back Porch stage. American flags will be raised, the national anthem sung and the newest members of the Hall of Fame inducted.
The midway will open at 6, the same time the duck calling contest begins in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion and young chicken farmers show their ring skills in the Hunter Miller Memorial Livestock Pavilion.
Beauties will compete for the title of Teen Miss Obion County at 7 at the Reelfoot Bank Stage, followed by the Fairest of the Fair pageant. Talented residents will compete in the first round of Fair Karaoke Idol at the Back Porch stage at 7 as well.
A nightly drawing will be held at the Reelfoot Bank Stage at 10. A total of $6,000 will be given away for the week. The first ticket stub drawn tonight will be worth $1,000. If no one claims the prize tonight, $500 will be carried over to Tuesday night, with the first ticket drawn that night winning $1,500. The same scenario will hold true for each of the following nights. At least $500 will be given away each night.
General admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12, with children ages 5 and younger admitted free. Season tickets cost $20 each.
Moto-cross racing has been moved from its Monday night slot to Tuesday night this year. It will be held at 7 at the riding arena. Other Tuesday events will see area students showing their junior market hogs, lambs and steers in the Hunter Miller Livestock Barn beginning at 8 a.m. The Obion County Junior Livestock Association auction will be held Tuesday night at 7.
Petite Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Reelfoot Bank Stage. A second night of Fair Karaoke Idol will begin at the back porch stage at 7.
Tuesday will be the first night for area youth who are involved in the fair show “Glee” to perform for an audience at the Whitney Cozart Pavilion. Although the posted time is 9 p.m., several members of the musical will be showing their animals at the auction, so the show may experience a slight delay.
Bootcut will wrap things up for the night when they perform at the Back Porch stage at 10:30.
Admission for Tuesday is Pay-One-Price night. All fairgoers will pay $10 for admission and unlimited rides. Season tickets may be used for entry, but this will not include the rides.
Mrs. Baker reminded everyone that due to insurance regulations, anyone shorter than 36 inches will not be allowed to ride any of the carnival rides, even if a parent or guardian is available to ride with them. This includes the merry-go-round and children’s rides.
The fair is scheduled to be held through Saturday.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 8.16.10

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