Clay County Fair a Big Success

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Kerbi Hatcher (center) was chosen Miss Clay County 2013 at the annual fair Saturday. She is the 19 year old daughter of James and Nye Hatcher of Rector. Her court included first alternate Haven Cagle (second from left), 17 year old daughter of David and Karen Cagle of Rector; second alternate Meagan Massey (second from right), 18 year old daughter of Jerry and Michelle Massey of Piggott; third alternate Sydney Tarno (far left), 17 year old daughter of Ashley Pollard and Chris Tarno of Piggott and fourth alternate Madison Cate (far right), 17 year old Cam and Sherry Cate of Rector.

The 2013 Clay County Fair is now history, and will be remembered as one of the more successful of the recent events. Participation was excellent, the weather improved just in time for the final weekend of activities and all the scheduled events were well attended.

This year's fair actually kicked-off Saturday, Sept. 7, with the 5Klay Run4Fun. The 5-K run/walk drew a handful of determined participants, despite hot and muggy conditions. The event was sponsored by First National Bank. That evening the annual talent contest was held at the Piggott Community Center.

Winner in the children's division, for participant's ages 5 to 12, was Kasee Pritchard of Corning. Second place was Avery Claire Webb of Pollard and third place went to Emma Partridge of Corning. With the win Pritchard earns a trip to Memphis to compete in the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest.

In the 13 to 21 year old division the winner was Megan Johnson of Piggott, who will also be performing in the Memphis event. Second place went to the senior team from Main Street Dance of Walnut Ridge while third went to the junior team from Main Street Dance.

Winner in the adult division this year was Sandra Tate of Piggott.

And, the overall winner this year is Wil Whaley of Piggott. He will also be taking part in the Mid-South Fair event, the world's largest amateur talent competition.

Kenneth Renshaw of Piggott served as chairman for this year's show.

Wednesday, Sept.11, was check-in and set up day at the fairgrounds.

Thursday included judging of exhibits during the morning hours and during the afternoon judging was held for poultry, rabbits, waterfowl, swine, sheep, goats, dairy, beef and horses. During the evening a Brush Arbor service was also conducted on the grounds.

Friday was youth day, sponsored by Piggott State Bank, and fair manager Marty Conley estimated nearly 600 students from the three county schools were in attendance. Those on hand were treated to a variety of educational displays, bounce houses, a magic show and demonstrations by FFA members. The Air-Evac helicopter was also on hand early in the event, but was forced to leave on an emergency call before all the students had a chance to see the chopper.

Information was also provided to the students, and the Farm Bureau simulator was on hand to give those attending the chance to see what it would be like to operate a tractor, combine or cotton picker.

Friday's schedule of events culminated with a hot tractor pull in the fairgrounds arena, which drew a large crowd of appreciative spectators.

The annual fair parade kicked-off Saturday's activities, followed by the annual canine contest. The day's events also included mud drags along the east edge of the fairgrounds, and several hundred spectators turned out for the event.

This year's fair also included a full slate of pageants, beginning with the baby contest around mid-morning Saturday and culminating with the crowning of Mrs. Clay County that evening. The contests, and winners, were as follows.

Baby Miss Clay County is Aubree Blake Samples, three month old daughter of Logan Buchanan and Alek Samples of Piggott. First alternate is Ava Massey; four month old daughter of Stephanie and Alex Massey of Piggott and second alternate is Olivia Baker, six week old daughter of Zack and Haley Baker of Pollard.

Baby Mr. Clay County is Leighton Daniels, six month old son of Emily Daniels and Aaron Parson of Piggott. First alternate is Caleb Loveless, 12 week old son of Tony and Alyssa Loveless of Boydsville.

Tiny Miss Clay County is Josslyn Bristow, 19 month old daughter of Blake and Julia Bristow of Jonesboro. First alternate is Hattie Hemann, 15 month old daughter of Jim and Emily Hemann of Piggott, and second alternate is Meadow Shaw, one year old daughter of Jimmy and Brandi Shaw of Pollard.

Tiny Mr. Clay County for 2013 is Carson McKinnie, 23 month old son of Shayna Duffy and Cody McKinnie of Piggott. First alternate is Kyson Rabah, 20 month old son of Aaron and Brittany Rabah of Rector, and second alternate is Archer Conley Rabjohn, 14 month old son of Alan and Tallah Rabjohn of Piggott.

Crowned as Little Miss Clay County was Brileigh Daniels-Parson, four year old daughter of Emily Daniels and Aaron Parson of Piggott. First alternate is Brynlee Rabah, four year old daughter of Aaron and Brittany Rabah of Rector, and the second alternate is Rylee Cossey, three year old daughter of Jessica and Lee Cossey of Brookland.

Petite Miss Clay County is Maggie Rabjohn, six year old daughter of Matt and Sara Rabjohn of Rector. First alternate is Kaya Horton, seven year old daughter of Billy and Keythlea Horton of Senath, and second alternate is Molly Grace Vangilder, five year old daughter of Aaron and Callie Harmon of Rector.

Young Miss Clay County for 2013 is Sierra Minton, eight year old daughter of Mark and Amber Minton of Piggott. First alternate is Trista Crow, daughter of Ben Crow and Angel Williams of Greenway, and second alternate is Morgan Bullock, 10 year old daughter of Christina Fulcher and Chris Bullock of Kennett.

Crowned Young Junior Miss is Madison Blair Steward, 12 year old daughter of Kyle and Berooke Steward of Holcomb. First alternate is Sarah Robinson, 12 year old daughter of Nate and Heidi Henderson, and the late Josh Robinson, of Rector. The second alternate is Natalie Michelle Shelton, the 12 year old daughter of Nathan and Stacy Shelton of Rector.

Junior Miss Clay County is Sadie Sawyers, 16 year old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott. First alternate is Abigail Welborn, 14 year old daughter of Rob and Angie Welborn of Piggott; second alternate is Sydney George, 13 year old daughter of Scott and Carmen George of Corning; third alternate is Ashlee Vaughn, 15 year old daughter of Brian and Connie Vaughn of Pollard and the fourth alternate is Colby Lynch, 15 year old daughter of Bryan and Angel Lynch of Greenway.

Chosen as Miss Clay County for 2013 is Kerbi Hatcher, 19 year old daughter of James and Nye Hatcher of Rector. First alternate is Haven Cagle, 17 year old daughter of David and Karen Cagle of Rector; second alternate is Meagan Massey, 18 year old daughter of Jerry and Michelle Massey of Piggott; third alternate is Sydney Tarno, 17 year old daughter of Ashley Pollard and Chris Tarno of Piggott and the fourth alternate is Madison Cate, 17 year old daughter of Cam and Sherry Cate of Rector.

And in the final pageant of the day, Debi Chase of Piggott was crowned Mrs. Clay County. Her court included--first alternate Brandy Jackson of Pollard, second alternate Briana Bohr of Rector, third alternate Sara Wright of Piggott and fourth alternate Kaitlin Spears of Rector.

Saturday night also included the annual demolition derby, which also drew a large crowd of spectators to the fairgrounds arena.

The fair kitchen also remained open each day of this year's event, and business remained steady throughout the week keeping the volunteer staff busy.

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