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County fair ends ‘wonderful’ run; board sets sights on next year’s event

County fair ends ‘wonderful’ run; board sets sights on next year’s event
County fair ends ‘wonderful’ run; board sets sights on next year’s event | County fair ends ‘wonderful’ run; board sets sights on next year’s event
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
The Obion County Fair wrapped up another successful year on Saturday.
Fair president Brenda Baker said this morning that everything “went wonderful” with the fair, except the rain on Thursday night. She added the “after football game special” Friday night, when residents were admitted for free, made up for it and the fair board will probably repeat the special next year, even if there are no football games.
“Saturday was glorious,” she said, adding there were no sick children reported to the fair office. She said the board can gauge how successful Kids Day has been by the number of sick children who hang out in the air-conditioned buildings.
The fair board already held a wrap-up meeting at 2 a.m. on Sunday and has started brainstorming for next year’s fair, which has been set for Aug. 12-17, 2013. She said the board wants to do something special on the Monday of the fair to get everyone “into fair mode.”
Mrs. Baker said there was good participation across the board at the fair this year — from the junior building to the adult categories, in the barn and at the commercial exhibits building.
There are many FFA groups who come from out of town to participate in the Obion County Fair. She said there were FFA members from Munford, Brighton, Lexington and even Fayetteville.
The garden tractor pull went most of the day on Saturday and there was good participation in the truck and tractor pull Friday night. She said there was even a good crowd at the Bucky Covington concert in the rain.
“We were pleasantly surprised (with how well things went),” Mrs. Baker said, adding, “With the state of the economy and losing Goodyear last year, we expected unemployment to be running out and didn’t expect the community support.
“It just shows we are still small town and everyone pulls together and supports each other,” she said.
The new way of drawing for the prize money and the Pick Tennessee baskets this year, with only season tickets being considered, was well received, with the board receiving very few complaints. Mrs. Baker said she thinks everyone understands that it makes it easier and gives them a better chance to win.
Winners on Friday and Saturday, respectively, included Derek Giffin of Union City, $500, and Kim Jones of Kenton, $1,500; and Linda Hime of Union City and Melissa Reeves of Kenton for the Pick Tennessee baskets.
Premium checks are ready and available in the fair office this week. At the end of the week, Mrs. Baker will start mailing them. The checks must be cashed by Sept. 15 or they become void.
Items entered in the fair must be picked up within 30 days. Otherwise they become property of the fair board. The buildings will be open until 4 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday. After that time, an appointment must be made for pick up by calling Mrs. Baker at the fair office at 885-5361.
Mrs. Baker said she did want to clarify one thing for the public: “I want everybody to understand we did not have UFOs over the fairgrounds.” She said there have been many reports to the police and to the fair board of people seeing what they thought were UFOs. She said the carnival had two spotlights and with the cloud cover and the patterns the spotlights were making, it may have appeared to some people to be a UFO. She said there was even a report that the lights could be seen from as far away as Cayce, Ky.
“We have not been invaded by aliens,” she said.
Mrs. Baker said she hopes everyone enjoyed the fair and invites everyone to attend next year. Published in The Messenger 8.20.12

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