Ashley County fair events this week

Percy Pennington, back left, was crowned Miss Ashley County 2021 as part of the Ashley County fair. Paislee Rice, back right, was named Teen Miss Ashley County. From front left, Zoe Lauhon  was named Pixie Miss Ashley County and  Preslee Pennington was crowned Little Miss Ashley County.  The Ashley County Horse Show will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and the fair parade will be at 6 p.m. Monday. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HALEY CHAVIS/Submitted)

The annual home, arts and farm crafts showcase known as the Ashley County Fair is happening at the Ashley County Fairgrounds on West Jackson Street in Hamburg in the coming week.

The Miss Ashley County Pageant has already taken place and the winners have been crowned.

The pageant happened before the main fair dates — it was Aug. 28 — and Percy Pennington was crowned Miss Ashley County. Paislee Rice was named Teen Miss Ashley County.

Pageant director Haley Tassey-Chavis said that the earlier date was chosen to accommodate contestants whose college schedules would have otherwise made competing difficult.

Three women competed in the Miss category and three girls competed for the Teen Miss title.

“We normally have more (women) for the Miss category, but the state fair has changed the rules for how they can come,” Chavis said. “They changed the age requirements for the Miss category, and that knocked out a couple who (were younger) and would have competed in it.”

The Ashley County Horse Show will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Registration will be at 8 a.m., and does not require an entry fee. Buckles will be awarded for showmanship, and grand and reserve champions for youth and adult categories. 

The fair parade will be the evening of Monday, Sept. 13. Lineup will begin at 5:30 and the parade will roll at 6 p.m.

The parade does not require an entry fee or prior registration.

“Just show up and get in line,” said Fair Manager Danny Rial. “It is open to anybody, and for businesses it can be free advertising if they want to put a vehicle in advertising their business.”

Sept. 13 is also the day that those who want to enter in the entomology and forestry, and silk floral arrangements departments, should do so between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Likewise, those who want to enter in the art, photography, home furnishing, quilts, clothing and sewing, handicrafts, holiday, wreaths, household arts, agri-mechanics, woodcraft, food preservation and potted plants should also enter by 6 p.m. Monday.

Those who wish to enter the food preparation, vegetable and field crops, cut specimens in floriculture, and fresh floral arrangements should have their entry ready between 7:30  and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The fair will not have a carnival this year, but otherwise the exhibitions are operating as normal, Rial said. 

“All the arts and crafts and photography will be the same as it has always been,” he said.

After the fair ends, the fairground will return to hosting the regular second Sunday dinner that raises funds for the next fair. The second Sunday dinner will be Oct. 10.

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