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.
CHICKEN WASHING — Bethanie Bube, left, and her sister, Courtnee, spruced up their Cornish rock broiler chickens for judging at the Jefferson County Junior Fair. The girls are members of the Bits ‘n’ Pieces 4-H Club and this is their first time to raise pens of three chickens. -- Esther McCoy
COSTUMES — There were all types of animals in an array of costumes in the Jefferson County Fair Animal Contest on Tuesday. Some competitors were, from left, Rainy Arnett, a Country Shamrocks 4-H Club member, dressed as a cowboy, with her pygmy goat donning a saddle and pretending to be a horse; Kaden Bednarkt, a Denim and Dust 4-H Club member, dressed as Betsy Ross with her Jersey woolly rabbit in patriotic dress as well; and Kassiey George, a Denim and Dust 4-H member, dressed as a convict, with her dog Aspen dressed as a policeman. The county fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds at Friendship Park. -- Esther McCoy
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.