New and Improved Clay County Fair a Hit

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Miss Clay County for 2014 is Lindsey Shelton (center), the 17 year old daughter of Greg and Michelle Ward, and the late David Shelton, of Rector. First alternate is Sadie Sawyers (right), the 17 year old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott and the second alternate is Jessica Garner (left), the 19 year old daughter of John and Mary Garner of Rector.(courtesy photo)

The 2014 Clay County Fair wrapped-up Saturday, Sept. 13, with a full schedule of activities and the annual parade. The Crescent City Amusements carnival was also in operation throughout the afternoon and evening, and Saturday night a huge crowd packed the arena for demolition derby action.

The fair actually kicked-off the previous Friday, Sept. 5, with the annual talent show at the Piggott Community Center. This year's overall winner was Megan Johnson, of Pollard, a student at Piggott High School. Megan, along with other performers in the show, now have the chance to perform and compete at the Mid-South Fair Talent Show in Memphis. The complete rundown of all the winners from this year's talent show may be found elsewhere in this edition.

Despite rainy conditions, livestock judging was conducted on Thursday afternoon. And during the evening a brush arbor was held at the fairgrounds.

Friday was youth day at the fair, sponsored by Piggott State Bank, and hundreds of students from all three of the county school districts were in attendance. The day included a tour of the animal barns and exhibits, a magic show, FFA animal demonstrations and a visit from Ryan Vaughan of KAIT with the Storm Tracker. Friday evening the hot tractor pull was held in the arena, and drew a good crowd of both participants and spectators.

The annual parade kicked-off the activities on Saturday morning, and this year's winners are as follows.

In the marching band competition first place went to the Piggott High School Marching Mohawks, while second place honors went to the Band for Dayton Gilkinson, which served to promote the upcoming Rickman/Brown 5K.

The entry from Pumpkin Hollow took first place in the float competition, followed by the entry from the Mighty Razorbacks 4-H Club and third place went to Kinley Dudley.

Tracy Cole took first place honors in the antique car competition, with second place going to Norman Collins, Jr. and third to Shawn Shaw. Meanwhile, the winner in the antique tractor division was Preston Davis, followed by Delmar Causey in second and Lynel Tate in third.

In the bicycle/four-wheeler competition first place went to Brooke Shipley, second to Jerome Meade and third to Kirby Johnson. And in the horse competition it was Donna Poe with first place, followed by Ira Causey in second and Hannah Smart took third.

Following the parade the annual canine contest was held, and the schedule of pageants got underway.

This year's Baby Mister Clay County is Jase Welch, 10 month old son of Justin and Lauren Welch of Piggott, while the first alternate is Abram Dodd, five month old son of Andrew and Mandy Dodd, of Caledonia, Miss.

Baby Miss Clay County is Aubree Faith Bagwell, 11 month old daughter of Thomas and Charla Bagwell of Rector. First alternate is Josalee Higgins, the 11 month old daughter of Brandy Higgins of Piggott and second alternate is Layla Grace Rouse, the one month old daughter of Amber and Kalem Rouse of Piggott.

Toddler Miss Clay County is Olivia Baker, the 13 month old daughter of Haley and Zach Baker of Pollard. First alternate is Macie Hall, the one year old daughter of Chelsea and Derek Hall of Piggott and second alternate is Aubree Blake Samples, the 15 month old daughter of Logan Buchanan and Alek Samples of Piggott.

Toddler Mister Clay County is Kade McKinney, the 14 month old son of Trent and Jessica McKinney of Corning. First alternate is Kason Simmons, the 22 month old son of David and Felicia Simmons of Piggott, second alternate is Caleb Branson, one year old son Rachel and Adam Branson of Rector and third alternate is Armani Colt Jones, 14 month old son of Courtney Keck of Corning.

Little Miss Clay County for this year is Kloie Seal, the three year old daughter of Billy Joe and Priscilla Seal of Piggott. First alternate is Olivia Grace Minton, four year old daughter of Mark and Amber Minton of Piggott and the second alternate is Landry Benson, four year old daughter of Landon and Hayley Benson of Qulin.

This year's Petite Miss Clay County is Brynlee Rabah, five year old daughter of Aaron and Brittany Rabah of Rector. First alternate is Ivy Claire Benson, five year old daughter of Dustin and Nicole Benson of Qulin and second alternate is Chloe Coronado, five year old daughter of Jessica Smith and Sparkie Coronado of Kennett.

Crowned Young Miss Clay County was Morgan Garner, 10 year old daughter of Tracy and Amy Garner of Rector. First alternate was Lexie Green, the 10 year old daughter of Luke and Danielle Green of Rector.

Young Junior Miss Clay County this year is Lizzie Ennis, the 12 year old daughter of Connie Pendergrass and Doyn Ennis of Success. First alternate is Maggie Williams, 12 year old daughter of Travis and Shannon Williams of Piggott and second alternate is Emma Welborn, the 12 year old daughter of Rob and Angie Welborn of Piggott.

Junior Miss Clay County for 2014 is Ashleigh Bedwell, the 15 year old daughter of Treg and Dena Bedwell of Campbell. First alternate is Maggie Couch, the 15 year old daughter of J'Anna and Wesley Couch of Corning, second alternate is Faith Ann Moore, the 16 year old daughter of Angel and Gary Moore of Piggott, third alternate is Sawyer Hendrix, the 14 year old daughter of David and Cobi Hendrix of Rector and fourth alternate is Abbie Welborn, the 15 year old daughter of Rob and Angie Welborn of Piggott.

Saturday afternoon the Miss Clay County pageant was also held, and this year's winner is Lindsey Shelton, the 17 year old daughter of Greg and Michelle Ward, and the late David Shelton, of Rector. First alternate is Sadie Sawyers, the 17 year old daughter of Chuck and Rachel Sawyers of Piggott and the second alternate is Jessica Garner, the 19 year old daughter of John and Mary Garner of Rector.

And, the final pageant of the day Saturday evening was for Mrs. Clay County, and this year's winner is Holly Kirklin of Rector. First alternate is Brittany Hemphill of Rector, second alternate is Thrista Chase of Pollard, third alternate is Rachel McNamee of Rector and fourth alternate is Joann Mabrey, also of Rector.

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