Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair comes to a close


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@s24513.p831.sites.pressdns.com



Fair goers enjoyed farm day on Saturday.


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Alyssa Hucks won best of show in the youth division and will represent Stokes County in the North Carolina State Fair in October.


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Gloria Smith won best of show in the adult division and will represent Stokes County in the North Carolina State Fair in October.


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The Ferris wheel was brought back to the fair this year and proved to be a popular ride throughout the week.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

This year’s Smitty’s Fried Apple Pie winners were Alina Smoot (first place), Lisa Robertson (second place), Shannon Bowles (third place) and Melissa Dillon (fourth place).


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Charles Hooker, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday, has attended the past 67 county fairs and is the last remaining charter member of the American Legion in King.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Miss United States Agriculture, Rachel Brown assisted with the Livestock Show, youth event.


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Sawyer Kilby and Luke Dodson enjoy the swings at the Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair on Saturday afternoon.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Children enjoy a fun house that ended by sliding down a slide on Saturday at the annual fair.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

The Ferris wheel provided a striking view of the Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

After days of celebrating crafts and agriculture, with amusement and food thrown in, the Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair came to a close Saturday evening around 11 p.m.

“It was a beautiful fair. We had good entries, the rides were great, everything was good except the attendance,” said longtime fair manager Don Adams.

A forecast of high winds in the area prompted the fair to open a day later than scheduled on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

“We’ve done everything we can do. We lowered the price of attendance and added car load night, which was rained out, but our numbers didn’t go up. Overall, it was successful and I think everyone that came really enjoyed it.”

Adams explained the annual fair isn’t much of a money maker, but it’s a service to the community.

“There’s a lot of people that look forward to this every year. It’s a time to meet friends and enjoy some comradery. The kids go bonkers for the rides which is fun to see,” he said.

Charles Hooker, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday and is the last original living charter member of the American Legion has attended each of the past 67 county fairs and said they never disappoint.

“I’ve always liked it, especially the animals,” he added.

On Friday evening, the American Legion Honor Guard performed a touching memorial service to recognize veterans.

“We had a yard full of veterans. We honored our fallen comrades with a 21-gun salute and played taps. We’ll definitely continue that tradition,” Adams said.

Plans are already underway for the 68th Agricultural Fair next year.

“We’ve already begun talking about it. There’s a lot that has to be done. We meet once a month throughout the year and we welcome input because we want to make this a success for Stokes County citizens,” Adams said.

Adams thanked Joyce Wall and Lynn Shouse for their involvement and many others who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the fair memorable for many.

“It’s a lot to it, but it’s worth it,” he said.

Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair Best of Show winners:

Baking Department

Aileen Cain – Pound Cake, Linda Robertson – Layer Cake,

Canned Goods

Susan Moser – Canned Goods

Home Furnishings

Pat Brantley – Pictures and Pillows, Linda Thornton – All other categories

Sewing

Karen Flinchum, Gloria Smith – Sewing

Fine Arts

Professional – Constane French

Non Professional – Bailey Taylor

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades – Ruth Beasley

6th, 7th, 8th grades – Matthew Waters

3rd, 4th grades – Oliva Goforth

Special needs & 2nd grade and under – Aaron Jenkins

Group or Class – Mrs. Hall, Mt. Olive School

Adult Crafts

Group A Crafts- Bonnie Crouch, Professional – Jerry Messick

Youth Crafts Ages 8 & Under – Cyrus Gullion

Youth Crafts Ages 9 – 12 – Nate Bowman

Youth Crafts 13- High School – Alyssa Hucks

Flowers

Potted Plants – Ernistine Leonard

Most Outstanding Hanging Basket – Janice Bowen

Vase of Cut Flowers – Harvey Moser

Large Rose Award – Brenda Richardson

Mini Rose Award – Jimmy Speas

Best Artistic Arrangement – Bonnie Price

Other Youth 5-12 – Phebie Gullion

Cakes Youth 5-12 -Lexi Martin

Other 13 – High School – Terri White

Cakes 13 – High School – Lizzie Robertson

Best of Show winners to represent Stokes County in the North Carolina State Fair in October is Alyssa Hucks (youth) and Gloria Smith (adult).

Smitty’s Fried Apple Pie winners: first place Alina Smoot, second Lisa Robertson, third place Shannon Bowles and fourth Melissa Dillon.

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.

Fair goers enjoyed farm day on Saturday.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairAnimals.jpgFair goers enjoyed farm day on Saturday. Courtesy photos

Alyssa Hucks won best of show in the youth division and will represent Stokes County in the North Carolina State Fair in October.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairBOS.jpgAlyssa Hucks won best of show in the youth division and will represent Stokes County in the North Carolina State Fair in October. Courtesy photos

Gloria Smith won best of show in the adult division and will represent Stokes County in the North Carolina State Fair in October.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairBOSGl.jpgGloria Smith won best of show in the adult division and will represent Stokes County in the North Carolina State Fair in October. Courtesy photos

The Ferris wheel was brought back to the fair this year and proved to be a popular ride throughout the week.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairFerriswheel.jpgThe Ferris wheel was brought back to the fair this year and proved to be a popular ride throughout the week. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

This year’s Smitty’s Fried Apple Pie winners were Alina Smoot (first place), Lisa Robertson (second place), Shannon Bowles (third place) and Melissa Dillon (fourth place).
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairPies.jpgThis year’s Smitty’s Fried Apple Pie winners were Alina Smoot (first place), Lisa Robertson (second place), Shannon Bowles (third place) and Melissa Dillon (fourth place). Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Charles Hooker, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday, has attended the past 67 county fairs and is the last remaining charter member of the American Legion in King.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairVet.jpgCharles Hooker, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday, has attended the past 67 county fairs and is the last remaining charter member of the American Legion in King. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Miss United States Agriculture, Rachel Brown assisted with the Livestock Show, youth event.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairRachel.jpgMiss United States Agriculture, Rachel Brown assisted with the Livestock Show, youth event. Courtesy photos

Sawyer Kilby and Luke Dodson enjoy the swings at the Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair on Saturday afternoon.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairSawyer.jpgSawyer Kilby and Luke Dodson enjoy the swings at the Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair on Saturday afternoon. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Children enjoy a fun house that ended by sliding down a slide on Saturday at the annual fair.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairSlide.jpgChildren enjoy a fun house that ended by sliding down a slide on Saturday at the annual fair. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

The Ferris wheel provided a striking view of the Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_FairOverlook.jpgThe Ferris wheel provided a striking view of the Stokes County 67th Agricultural Fair. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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