Clay County Fair Wraps-Up Saturday
The annual Clay County Fair completed this year's run Saturday night, wrapping up with a good crowd for the traditional demolition derby. The fair kicked-off on Saturday, Sept. 10, with the usual schedule of pageants in the commercial building. This allowed the building to be occupied during the four-day-run of the fair, and a number of vendors and organizations took advantage of the opportunity.
The winners in the various pageants were as follows.
Baby Miss Clay County is Khloe Grace Dinkins, five and one-half month old daughter of Adam and Cheyenne Dinkins of Rector. First alternate is Kaylee Dragon, the 10-month-old daughter of Brian and Trisha Dragon of Naylor. Second alternate is Blakely Rea-Jean Strohmeyer, the 10-month-old daughter of Cassie and Corie Strohmeyer of Naylor. Preston Parnell was crowned Baby Mister Clay County for 2016. He's the eight-month-old son of Brittany Austin and Alex Parnell of Piggott. First alternate is Tucker Laxton, the six-month-old son of Tish and Keifer Laxton of Piggott and the second alternate is Quinn Parker Brown, the 12-week-old son of Tallah Rabjohn and Scott Brown of Piggott.
Toddler Miss Clay County for 2016 is Emma Claire Southerly, the 12-month-old daughter of Brittany Southerly of Piggott. First alternate is Amelia Rodery, 13-month-old daughter of John Rodery and Courtney Dunlap of Piggott and second alternate is Kimber Owens, 20-month-old daughter of Benny and Megan Owens of Corning. Southerly was also recipient of the "People's Choice" award, determined by on-line balloting. Meanwhile, Toddler Mister was Alex Estes, the 18-month-old son of Keith and Holley Estes of Piggott and first alternate was Beau Owen, the 17-month-old son of Sierra and Joshua Owen of Piggott.
Crowned as Little Miss Clay County was Annalee Rose Shourd, the three-year-old daughter of Chris and Danielle Shourd of Corning. First alternate is Jocelyn Shavalia, two-year-old daughter of Erick and Malorie Shavalia of Rector. Second alternate is Delaney McCallister, three-year-old daughter of Jason and Christina McCallister of Kennett. Third alternate is Lillian Grace Blue, two-year-old daughter of Blake and Houston Blue of Qulin. Fourth alternate is Gracie Lane McHaffey, two-year-old daughter of Kenneth "Bubba" and Ashley McHaffey of Greenway.
Chosen as Petite Miss Clay County for 2016 was Ava Jones, the six-year-old daughter of Sara Graves and Travis Jones of Piggott. First alternate is Kelci Claire Masterson, the five-year-old daughter of Scott and Erica Masterson of Corning. Second alternate is Brileigh Daniels, the seven-year-old daughter of Aaron and Emily Parson of Piggott. Third alternate is Olivia Grace Minton the six-year-old daughter of Mark and Amber Minton of Piggott. Fourth alternate is Kaidyn Cole, the five-year-old daughter of Scottie and Kaylee Cole of Piggott.
Crowned Young Miss Clay County was Emma Holmes, the nine-year-old daughter of Chad and Christian Holmes of Rector. First alternate is Kyla Militoni, 10-year-old daughter of Matt and Tara Militoni of Mt. Carmel. Second alternate is Kristen McCord, the eight-year-old daughter of Jarrod and Jennifer McCord of Rector. Third alternate is Karrin Henderson, the nine-year-old daughter of Nathan and Heidi Henderson of Rector. Fourth alternate is Cayson McCallister, the nine-year-old daughter of Jason and Christina McCallister of Kennett.
Crowned Young Junior Miss Clay County was Sierra Lynn Minton, the 11-year-old daughter of Mark and Amber Minton of Piggott. First alternate is Morgan Garner, the 12-year-old daughter of Tracy and Amy Garner of Rector. Second alternate is Sophia Lynn Hill, the 11-year-old daughter of Corbin and Shannon Hill of Rector. Third alternate is Kalaya Cole, the 12-year-old daughter of Angela Cole of Piggott. Fourth alternate is Brooke Shipley, the 11-year-old daughter of Denisa Poole and Sean Shipley of Piggott.
Crowned Junior Miss Clay County was Madison Steward, the 15-year-old daughter of Brooke and Kyle Steward of Holcomb, Mo. First alternate is Hannah Blankenship, the 14-year-old daughter of Angela and Bobby Blankenship of Corning. Second alternate is Liz Ennis, the 14-year-old daughter of Connie Pendergrass and Doyn Ennis of Success. Third alternate is Sarah Robinson, the 15-year-old daughter of Nate and Heidi Henderson of Rector. Fourth alternate is Bethany Raspberry, the 14-year-old daughter of Richard and Jennifer Raspberry of Rector.
Crowned Mrs. Clay County for 2016 was Andrea Yount, 32, of Pollard. First alternate is Joann Mabrey, 34, of Rector. Second alternate is Sarah Hicks, 26, of Piggott. Third alternate is April Reaves, 37, of Piggott. Fourth alternate is Lisa Mauldin, 38, of Piggott.
Crowned Miss Clay County for 2016 was Lauren Hovis, the 20-year-old daughter of Chad and Tara Hovis of Corning. First alternate is Dominique Coln of Rector, the 17-year-old daughter of Jami and Bret Palmer and Mike and Diana Coln. Second alternate is Victoria Hill, the 18-year-old daughter of Corbin and Shannon Hill of Rector. Third alternate is Emmaline Hobbs, the 18-year-old daughter of Roger and Melinda Hobbs of Piggott. Fourth alternate is Amber Russum, the 20-year-old daughter of Archie and Terrie Russum of Knobel.
Activities at the fairgrounds resumed on Wednesday, with set-up of booths and check-in of livestock and horses. On Thursday judging was held, and awards handed out in the annual youth livestock show.
Friday was Youth Day, sponsored by Piggott State Bank. Students from all three of the county's districts, numbering well in excess of 650, were on hand for the observance. Some of the offerings included the FFA animal exhibit, tour of the exhibit buildings, the Farm Bureau milk cow demonstration, Farm Bureau combine simulator and their "Where Your Food Comes From" presentation. Rocky Clement's Show of Wonders was also featured in the exhibit building, Justin Logan and the KAIT Storm Tracker were in attendance along with an Survival Flight helicopter and local first responders.
Saturday's activities began with the annual parade, which drew a large crowd of spectators. This year's parade also featured all three of the county high school marching bands, as Rector, Piggott and Corning were all on hand. According to fair officials, the RHS band took first, CHS was second and PHS third in the judging.
Saturday also included the annual Canine Contest, held adjacent to the exhibit building. And, that evening a large crowd packed the rodeo arena for the annual demolition derby.
Those wanting additional information may visit their website at www.claycountyarfair.com