Jefferson County Fair under way

SMITHFIELD – Clouds threatened but the weather stayed favorable for a nice day at the Jefferson County Fair on Tuesday.

The fair officially opened at 8 a.m., with bakers and cooks bringing in their entries to be judged in the 7th and 8th departments. After a day of judging and assigning blue, red and white ribbons, a baked goods auction was held with Harry Grafton as auctioneer.

It started looking good when Anthony Bailey, owner and operator of Movin’ and Grovin’ productions spent $30 for one peanut butter pie and $42.50 for another. It got even better when Sheriff Fred Abdalla got the bid for a crushed candy sheet cake entered in the professional category by Riesbecks at $75.

Debbie Hukill paid $175 for a cupcake cake, and the sheriff paid what was likely one of the highest bids in the the fair auction’s history for a Jefferson County Fair decorated sheet cake from Riesbecks at $250. There were toy trucks and tractors on the cake, which were given to Nathan Finney, 8, grandson to Loretta Finney, department chairman.

The auction brought in approximately $1,300, according to officials.

Winners of the Grange booth contest were Liberty Grange 1749, first; Pleasant Hill Grange, second; and Unionport Grange 27228, third. The Jefferson County Pomona 41 took a first place award with its booth design.

A talent show was held on Monday evening and winners in the overall senior division were Jarrett Roach, Mariah Mantose and Sassy Shakers, a dance duo.

Junior out-of-county winners were Chole Hill with a dance solo, first; Hallee Lewis, second; Caitlyn Uter, third; Kayanna Jones, fourth; and Hanna Elkeberry, fifth.

Dance duo winners were Casey and Clyde Trout. Chloe Hill won with a vocal solo.

Overall junior out-of-county winners were Chloe Hill, first; Hallee Lewis, second; and Caitlyn Uter, third.

Intermediate division out-of-county winners were Shelby Anderson, dance solo; Stevie Lynn, vocal solo; and overall intermediate winners, Stevie Lynn and Shelby Anderson.

A cupcake war will be held at the Rozsa Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Farm Bureau ladies committee.

A voting of directors will be held at the fair office from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Other events that day include the Zalenski’s wing eating contest at 5:30 p.m. at the Rozsa Pavilion; a rodeo and musical attraction, 7:30 p.m., grandstand; and the Silver Eagle Band, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., pavilion.

The fair continues through Sunday.