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:
Aileen Cain – Pound Cake, Linda Robertson – Layer Cake,
Susan Moser – Canned Goods
Pat Brantley – Pictures and Pillows, Linda Thornton – All other categories
Karen Flinchum, Gloria Smith – Sewing
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
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
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.