The Davis County Fair began with the first of three cancellations of grandstand entertainment Tuesday night as the harness races were called off due to rain and muddy track conditions.

That didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of fairgoers, however, as people turned out in droves to eat their first meal of fair food in two years and watch the queen contest in the pavilion

Four queen candidates — Brett Lough, Kaitlin Larrington, Ashlyn Gooden, and Hallie Pearson — gave presentations on their creative “recipes” for a successful fair.

Giving consideration to the presentations and interviews conducted earlier, the out-of-town judges named Brett Lough Queen of the Davis County Fair. Kaitlin Larrington was named first runner-up; Ashlyn Gooden, second runner-up; and Hallie Pearson, third runner-up and Miss Congeniality.

Lough, daughter of Blake and Leslie Lough, is in her second year of studies at IHCC in the field of occupational therapy. After she completes her assistantship program, she plans to continue her studies to become a certified occupational therapist.

Larrington is the daughter of Travis and Robin Larrington and is in her second year of studies at IHCC. After receiving her Associate of Arts degree, she will transfer to a four-year university.

Gooden, daughter of Travis and Charity Gooden is studying animal science at IHCC.

Pearson, daughter of Clint and Heidi Pearson, will be a senior at DCHS this fall. She plans to attend Texas A&M University in the veterinary program.

Following the queen contest, the Davis County Fair Board presented service awards to Rod Shumate and Jeff Leyda.

Shumate was named the DC Fair’s Volunteer of the Year. He volunteered many hours running a maintainer to put down gravel and make drives and walkways usable after days of rainfall created a muddy mess at the fairgrounds.

Leyda was named the Fair Board Member of the Year for his yearlong contributions in preparation for the 2021 fair.

Grand Champion livestock winners are pictured with their exhibitors on page 8 and include:

• Grand Champion Market Beef and Home-Raised Beef — Baron Davis. Davis will be entering this steer in the Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Iowa State Fair in August.

• Supreme Beef Female — Jenna White

• Grand Champion Dairy — Aries Derby

• Grand Champion Horse — Chelsea Smith

• Grand Champion Pony — Laney Weimerskirche

• Grand Champion Mule — Brock Brinegar

• Grand Champion Rabbit — Cooper McCarty

• Grand Champion Chicken — Brody Glosser

• Grand Champion Market Lamb — Tayden Bish

• Grand Champion Pen of 2 lambs — Haley Jones

• Grand Champion Market Pig — Kael Heemsbergen

• Grand Champion Pen of 3 Pigs — Kaison Heemsbergen

• Grand Champion Meat Goat Wether — Cajun Batterson

• Grand Champion Meat Goat Doe — Cajun Batterson

Cajun Batterson was named the winner of the Premier Stockman Award, which was given for the first time at the 2021 DC Fair. Entrants were required to show four species of livestock at the fair and successfully complete a written test over 4-H rules and how to show cattle, pork, sheep, and goats.

As winner, Batterson will receive a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Gary and Linda McConnell and the Davis County Fair Board

Fair officers comment on a week of challenges

Looking back at last week’s fair after taking a recess last year due to the pandemic, Fair Board President Jeff McClure said, “It went great even though Mother Nature threw us a few curve balls and sliders.

“I couldn’t be prouder of board members as we changed schedules all week long. I have heard nothing but positive comments. Even though events were cancelled, people came, played bingo, and ate food. It was a great fair. Everyone was glad to be back. They had a great time.

“The producer groups were happy with food stand attendance and sales, and 4-Hers sold more than 702 gallons of ice cream.”

McClure said 425 tons of gravel were hauled in to help reduce the muddy mess on the fairgrounds and the parking area.

Fair Board Secretary Lexis Frymoyer said Lynch Law Office and Lynch Realty each donated one load of gravel as did Carroll Distributors. Davis County Supervisors took care of hauling the gravel, and city employees were there to help with lighting problems.

Frymoyer was pleased with the way the fair board met and worked together to solve the challenges that arose during the week.

Due to muddy conditions, no entertainment was held in front of the grandstand. Harness races, car races and the tractor pull were cancelled. But the fair board and barn superintendents came up with a plan to move the Tuff-N-Nuff Rodeo and the concert into the pavilion.

“Doug Jarr, superintendent of the cattle barn, was great to work with,” Frymoyer said. “He knew we needed to make money and moved some of the cattle out a day early so the pavilion could be used for the concert.

McClure said if there was a disappointment, it was the smaller crowds at the concert. “It was a great concert, and those who were there had fun,” he said.

Frymoyer was pleased with the local participation in the Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo, which brings many people from other communities and other states.

She was also pleased with the huge success of this year’s pie auction. “The auction normally brings in $9,000 to $10,000,” she said. “This year 67 pies plus several cakes brought in over $18,500.

McClure and Frymoyer were extremely grateful for the cooperation of the community in making this year’s fair a success despite the odds.

“The main thing is everyone worked together, made decisions together, and did what was best for the fair,” Frymoyer said. “We had tough decisions to make this year.”

“This wasn’t a one-person show,” McClure said. “Everyone pulled together as a family and a team.

“Keep in mind, we are always looking for volunteers,” he added. “We’ll take names and phone numbers if interested.”

The DC Fair Board will begin planning for next year’s fair in October and McClure invites the public to submit ideas. “We’ll also get a lot of fresh ideas when we go to the Fair Convention in December,” he said.

“Keep in mind, we are always looking for volunteers,” he added. “We’ll take names and phone numbers if interested.”

Davis County’s determination to have a successful fair despite the odds didn’t go unnoticed. McClure said, “A couple of State Fair directors were here and were extremely impressed with our facilities and the community. We had directors from other fairs who couldn’t believed we pulled all of this off despite the rain.

“A big blanket ‘thank you’ to all.”

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(A complete listing of fair awards and contest winners is being compiled and will be published in next week’s edition of The Bloomfield Democrat.)