Perfect weather for fair parade

SMITHFIELD – The Jefferson County Fair’s Grand Parade featured perfect weather and almost 40 4-H floats, marching units and horse units this year.

Sam Kerr, Jefferson County probate and juvenile judge, served as grand marshal and kicked off the parade with two of his grandchildren in tow behind a tractor driven by Dave McElwain.

Loretta Finney announced the parade, and Esther McCoy judged the three categories of participants.

The Buckeye Local and Indian Creek High School marching bands performed lively sets in front of the announcer’s stand.

Farmer Brown, who entertains children at the fair with young farm animals and his talented dog, Smudge, also took part in the parade, wearing Smudge over his neck like a shawl.

Dan Vojvodich said he comes out for the parade every year.

“It’s exciting to see the young kids doing something so positive. They put a lot of effort into all of their projects. It’s a joy not only for them, but also for their parents and families who get to see what it is they’re doing,” Vojvodich commented.

Cliff Wood, director of Purple Circle 4-H, enjoyed his group’s second year taking part in the parade.

“The kids really gravitate toward the parade. They’re all such good kids. I can’t say that enough. We will definitely be coming back again next year. This is just like a week long picnic that brings family and friends together,” Wood said.

Parade winners were:

– Country Shamrocks, first; Country Kids, second; Purple Circle, third; Windy Ridge, fourth; Friends and Neighbors, fifth; Lassos and Lace, sixth and honorable mention; Cross Creek Tomahawks, seventh and honorable mention; Buckeye Variety, eighth and honorable mention; Dusty Boots, ninth and honorable mention; and Lucky Leaf Livestock, tenth and honorable mention.

Float winners were:

– Warren Ridge Wranglers, first; Liberty Guys and Gals, second; Backwoods Gang, third; Free Spirits, fourth; and Denim and Dust, fifth.

Horse units were:

– Golden Horseshoe, first; Barshoe Wranglers, second; Blazing Saddles, third; Country Classics, fourth; and Steubenville Spirits, fifth.