Drew Baldridge entertains the crowd on Thursday.
Marion County Fair a Huge Success (Video Recaps!)Marion County Fair Secretary Russell Vandeveer says the 74th annual county fair that came to a close on Sunday will go down as one of the most successful. He was pleased to see the crowds that filled the grandstand each night.
"We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was a tremendous week for us, and the shows that went on in front of the grandstand had great attendance...I think when things are all tallied up it'll show we had a real good fair week" said Vandeveer.
Vandeveer was especially pleased with the Drew Baldridge show, which marked the return of country music to the fair.
"I think we need to work on another program for the grandstand next year that's similar to the Baldridge show. I don't know what we'll do, but we'll start looking right away" Vandeveer said.
Vandeveer says they want to do something special for the 75th annual county fair next year. He reports over $63,000 in premiums were paid to those who had winning entries in the exhibit building, junior livestock shows, tractor pulls and other farm related shows. The 4-H auction held Wednesday night resulted in sales totaling $76,016. Auction Committee Chair Steve Austin says the average per animal was up, but the total sale was down due to fewer animals.
In the horse pull that closed the fair on Sunday, Casey Lavin of Versailles, Kentucky took first in the light division with a pull of 27 feet 6 inches. T.A. Hopper of Tiplersville, Mississippi took first in the heavy division with a pull of 26 feet 2 inches. Red Peterson of Mt. Vernon won the award for best matched team. David Owens of Pontotoc, Mississippi won the award for traveling the furthest. Kenny Hodson of Orleans, Indiana was named best handler.
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