Southwest District Fair continues into weekend

Parade, rains, and winners early highlights

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Between the rain and overcast conditions, the 74th Annual Southwest District Fair continues into the weekend looking at moderate temperatures and clear skies with plenty of fun and activities remaining. The Baking and Arts & Crafts results were released Thursday morning and Adult Division winners included:
• Best of Show: Howard Co. Ext. Homemakers (Adults)
• Canning Sect. A – D: Julie Murrey – Union (Light Fruit Juice)

Canning Sect. E-H: LaJuan Thompson – Hempstead (Apple Butter)

• Canning Sect. I-K: Jane Collums – Hempstead (Dried Basil)

• Canning Sect. L: Ellen Ward – Howard (Dark Comb Honey)

• Baked Goods: LaJuan Thompson – Hempstead (Pecan Pie)

• Horticulture: Byron Hennigan – Hempstead (Bell Peppers)

• Arts & Crafts A1-14: Gwyn Buck – Clark (Basket with Handle)

• Arts & Crafts A15-30:Brenda Kratz – Hot Spring (Tablerunner)

• Sewing B1-6: Stephanie Land – Hempstead (Pageant Dress)

• Sewing B7-10: Mindy McNeal – Clark Co. (Tatted Doily)

Needle Work B11-12: Sylvia Nalley – Saline (Baby Cap)

• Needle Work B13-15: Becky Harrison – Hempstead (Singer Sewing Machine)

• Quilts: Wilma Blair – Garland (Seasonal Quilt)

• Art, Professional: Billy Collins – Nevada (Oil Painting, The Lord’s Supper)
• Art, Non-Professional: Helen Lafferty – Hempstead (Oil Painting, Tranquil Lake)
• Photography, B/W: Melissa Tewalt – Hempstead (Little Girl)

Photography, Color: Claudette Harris – Nevada (Purple Tulips)
• Cut Flowers: Mary McPherson – Hempstead (Cockle Comb)

• Potted Plants: Jeanne Phillips – Hempstead (Green Philodendron)
• Silk Arrangements: Mary McPherson – Hempstead (Mass Arrangement)
The Youth winners included:
• Best of Show: Howard Co. 4-H (Youth)
• Canning Sect. A – D: Autumn Whitten – Pike (Salsa)

• Canning Sect. E-H: Regan Frachiseur – Sevier (Peach Jam)

• Canning Sect. I-K: Landry Mitchell – Columbia (Dried Apples)

• Canning Sect. L: Levi Ward – Hempstead (Light Honey)

• Baked Goods: Addisen Peninger (Chocolate Pie)

• Horticulture: Clay Bailey – Pike 4-H Project (Basket Assorted Items)

• Arts & Crafts A1-14: Alice Kneebone – Clark (Sculpture)

• Arts & Crafts A15-30: Delaney Ford – Howard (4-H Insect Collection)

• Sewing B1-6: Tyler Thompson – Clark (Turkey Hunting Suit)

Sewing B7-10: Sew Mates – Saline (Quilt of Valor Award Case)

• Needle Work B11-12: Kiersten Priddy – Howard (Baby Blanket)

• Needle Work B13-15: Heewan Molinari (Peace & Harmony)

• Quilts: Sew Mates – Saline (Lone Star Quilt of Valor)

• Art, High School: Colleen Lloyd – Clark (Pastel – Animal)
• Art, Elementary: Natalie Ney – Howard (Lemons & Limes)
• Photography, B/W: Jayne Ashley – Hot Springs (Spider)

• Photography, Color: McKenzie Burns – Columbia (Sunset)
• Cut Flowers: Jackson Smith – Hot Spring Co. (Zinnia)

• Potted Plants: Caleb Kratz – Hot Spring Co. (Cacti)
• Silk Arrangements: Jace Ramsey – Hot Spring (Rose Bouquet)
The rest of the Fair’s schedule looks like this:

Today, Thursday, Sept. 27
• Now until 10:00 p.m. Amusement Attractions open (armband day)
• 6 PM: Weigh Commercial Heifers
• 6 PM:  Weigh Goats and Sheep
• 6:30 PM: Weigh Steers
• 7:30 PM: Ranch Rodeo in arena

Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 28 
• 9 AM: Arts and crafts, food preservation, and horticulture open for viewing
• 9 AM: School Tours
• 9 AM:  Sheep and Goat Showing
• 4 PM: Junior activities
• 5 PM: Amusement Attractions open
• 6 PM: Music in front of coliseum
• 7:30 PM: Roughstock Productions Bulls, broncs, and barrels
• 10 PM: Swine Release

SATURDAY, September 29
• 9 AM: Open cattle, steers, breeding beef, and commercial heifers judging followed by showmanship. Dairy Cattle judging will follow showmanship
• 9 AM: Rabbit Show Judging
• 11 AM: Arts and crafts, food preservation, horticulture open for viewing
• 1-to-5 PM: Amusement Attractions (armband day)
• 6 PM: Mexican Band in front of the Coliseum
• 7:30 PM: Rough Stock Productions Bulls, Broncs, and Barrels
• 8:30 PM:  Release sheep and goats
• 10:30 PM: Release cattle

Tuesday’s events saw the parade, which was live-streamed by SWARK Today, and the Southwest District Fair pageant later in the evening, while early Wednesday saw a day of downpours in the region. A replay of the parade can still be seen here on SWARK Today.
The late afternoon parade was the traditional opening day caravan of convertibles, trucks, tractors, floats, beauty queens, cheerleaders, and horses that rolled through downtown Hope as crowds lined the streets along the parade’s route from Elm to Division to Walnut to 2nd Street.
Later, at the Fair Park Coliseum before a packed house of 300, the Pageant featured three divisions of beauty queen competition with 30 contestants lasting over two hours.
Jordan Jones, of Pike County, emerged as the new Miss Southwest District Fair Queen, and Victoria Franklin of Nevada County, of Nevada County was named as Junior Miss Southwest.
In the Little Miss competition, Nevada County’s Blakely Herring and Kambree Haarmeyer of Sevier County were named co-winners.
Earlier, Tuesday morning, the District Fair talent competition was held, in part, to lighten the running time of the beauty pageant in the evening. The pageant’s Interview Sessions were also held in the mid-afternoon to streamline the evening’s pageant events.

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