Drew County Fair celebrates 61 years

William Collins
Staff Writer

   For over 61 years the Drew County fair has provided a load of fun and activities for all generations of citizens and visitors of Drew County. Activities at the fair range from parades to talent shows, pageants to senior citizens day, and live bands to livestock. There will also be drawings for great prizes throughout the week.

   The Drew County Fair offers fun and relaxation for UAM students as well. The fair kicks off Sept. 18 with the Drew Co. Baby Pageant at 9 a.m., and ends Sept. 25 with an open rodeo beginning at 8 p.m. The fair offers students something to do for a week so students cannot say they have nothing to do.

   The Miss Drew County pageant offers scholarship money towards UAM and nice consolation prizes. The carnival rides and games provide a huge attraction. Rides for all ages include the great Ferris Wheel, Tilt the World, and the most common of all, a carrousel. Booths feature many varieties of tricks, stunts and tossing games, e.g. the ring toss, a game where participants toss a ring from a designated distance onto a cone or stick-like object with the possibility of winning a plush animal or even a live rabbit.

   UAM students are often involved in showing livestock from previous opportunities with high schools and 4-H clubs. They have the chance to show livestock including hogs, cattle, sheep, goats and chickens. In competing in these events, students can win “Best in Show” based on an animal's behavior, tone of body and demeanor.

   "They also have things such as pie eating contests, best home-grown fruit and vegetables, and sometimes best homemade canned goods,” Kathy Kellom said.

   The rodeo is a very exciting aspect of the Drew County Fair week. A lot of students practice for many days and nights on their roping skills, bareback riding, bull riding and team roping. Females can win big money in barrel racing. Children at the rodeo can participate in the once-in-a-lifetime Pig-scramble, an event in which small children wildly run into the arena chasing three loosed pigs. The first child to catch a pig wins.

   If you are deciding on what to do next week, and have a day or two open, run on down to the Drew County Fair and have a funnel cake or a candy apple. Watch out for the dust and blood at the rodeo, but have a great time at a great past time.

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