Friday morning, students and families from all over Bryan County toured the fairgrounds for family day. That evening, contestants competed in the cutest critters contest and the bubble gum blowing contest at Haggard Hall.
Tommie James, the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Bryan County, said many people turned out this year for the county fair. She said that on Friday morning, the fairgrounds were open to school children and families for the day.
James said the fairgrounds had students visiting from Colbert, Caddo, Silo and Rock Creek. The Poultry and Rabbit shows opened at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and stayed flowing with school kids all day.
Poultry Superintendent for the fair Grace McCain said this was the biggest turn out she has ever seen at the fair. McCain said she has always helped out with the fair and she was excited when she was asked to be the superintendent of the poultry show.
McCain said she was at the fair until 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, helping participants register and set-up their cages for the show. She said she currently works as the 4-H Poultry Club teacher at the community center.
Judges were surprised to see the variety of pets that turned out at the Cutest Critter Contest Friday evening. Contestants for the contest ranged from ballerina bulldogs to pink-bowed frogs.
Nine-year-old Chelsea Phillips brought her bulldog Tundra to the contest wearing a pink tutu and bows on her ears. Phillips won second place in the 9-13 year-old critter contest. Adrian Tucker’s pink bowed toad won first place and Doree Brashier’s critter won third.
Four-year-old Shawna Bowen was the only contestant in the 3-5 year-old amateur critter contest. She said her dog was the worst guard dog because he likes to lick everyone.
Tyler Munson won first place in the 6-8 year-old advanced amateur critter contest. CJ Hicks won second place and Bailey Walsh won third place in the contest.
In the adult 14 or older contest, Grace McCain won first place with her silky pet chicken. Melody Barret placed second in the contest with her black pug named Mojo and Delbert Burnett won third place with his rabbit named Big Daddy.
In the 5-8 year-old Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Bailey Walsh blew and held the biggest bubble gum bubble. Walsh took first place while Seth Michael Wallace and Samuel A. Wallace swept the second and third places.
After the bubble blow off among three contestants, Savannah Bryan took home the first-place ribbon for the 9-13 year-old bubble blowers. Chelsea Phillips said she got her mom to hold her bulldog Tundra while she conquered the second place position and Preston Boney came in right behind her in third place.
Judges for the contests said they were pleased with the large number of turn-outs for contests this year. Many of them were also preparing to judge a watermelon seed spitting contest later that night.
Family Night also kicked off the arm-bracelet night for carnival goers in the county. Patrons paid one-dollar per ticket to ride such classics as the Ferris wheel, zipper and kamikaze.
Saturday the fair hosted their annual beef and llama show in the Expo arena followed by the baby crawling contest, cookie contest and salsa contest in the community building.
The fair closed Saturday evening around 9 p.m. with carnival goers getting their last chance to ride the rides, eat the food and pet those critters.