The popular demolition derby by Thunder Valley Promotions drew the biggest crowd Saturday night during the 85th Dent County Fall Festival Aug. 22-24 at The Commons.
Fair Board President Benny Maxwell said the three-day event attracted about 5,000 visitors.
“The biggest crowd was for the Demolition Derby when about 1,500 spectators turned out. We had 20 sets of bleachers that accommodate about 75 people and most were filled,” Maxwell said. “We had a nice promoter, Thunder Valley Promotions, and already have them booked for next year.”
Jay Medlock organized motorcycle races held just prior to the demolition derby. About 30 bikes participated in the 100-yard dash races and plans are under way to expand it next year.
Fair theme was, “Changing for the Future.”
New attractions to this year’s fair included the Medieval reenactment, dog shows and pony rides each evening.
The fair included the popular midway carnival rides, queen pageants, musical entertainment, vendors, a silent pastry auction, exhibits and displays and the demolition derby.
Maxwell said the quality midway rides were provided by Southern Fun Carnival.
“All-in-all it was a fun fair with quality contractors and performers and musical entertainment, increased attendance and quality entries in the exhibit building,” Maxwell said. “Everyone seemed to enjoy the bluegrass performances in the barns and the kids’ games and pony rides were a big hit. We were able to advertise the events though our Tourism Tax dollars which helped to also bring in people from surrounding towns. We made money, which we will reinvest in future Fall Festivals.”
The Miss Dent County pageants Thursday night had good attendance. Eight girls participated in the various pageant contests and the Rock-N-Country Cloggers from Rolla performed on the grandstand.
•Dakota Inman, 16, Salem, was named Miss Dent County. She was sponsored by Brothers N Arms.
•Amanda Green, 14, Jadwin, was named Miss Teen Dent County. She was sponsored by Salem Refrigeration. She also had the highest interview score.
•Avery Landers, 16, Rolla, was named Miss South Central. She was sponsored by Randy’s Road Kill. She was also named the talent winner and Miss Photogenic winner, chosen by Captured Photography.
•Michayla Frisbie, 14, Rolla, was named Miss Teen South Central.
•Keara Shaw, 13, Salem, was named the “People's Choice Award Fall Festival Queen” by fairgoers who voted separately for this award. This award was a fundraiser to help with the pageant awards and expenses. Votes were $1 each and raised about $350 for pageant expenses.
•Kaegan Jordan, 16, Rolla, was named Miss Congeniality, chosen by the contestants. She was sponsored by Old Town Antiques.
•Emily Stites was named Director's Choice Fall Festival Princess.
Contestants received crowns, sashes, trophies, medals, certificates, flowers and other gifts.
The Miss Dent County pageant was open to girls who currently reside in Dent County and Miss South Central contest was open to girls who live in counties adjacent to Dent County. They were judged on interview, speech, formal wear, on-stage question and talent, (optional).
Angellque Buerk and Shayla Crall, former pageant queens, served as the pageant coordinators.
Buerk said several other age-divisions will be added next year, including Baby Miss ages 0-17 months; Toddler Miss 18-35 months; Tiny Miss 3-4 years; Little Miss 5-7 years; Preteen Miss 8-11 years; Teen Miss 12-15 years; Miss 16-21 years.
“We had a lot of interest in bringing back the baby and Little Miss age divisions,” Buerk said. “We wanted to start out with the older age divisions and then add others at future Fall Festivals.”
Best of Show exhibit winners included:
- Bobby Stephens took Best of Show in the Horticulture division with his carrots;
- Maggie Houser won in the Pastry Division with her yeast dark bread teddy;
- Becky Owens took best of Show in Floriculture for her fair theme floral arrangement;
- Geri Miller won the Canning Division for her sweet pickle relish;
- Ken Brasier II won Best of Show in the Arts & Crafts with his shaker rocking chair.
Admission to the midway was free during the fair and wrist band specials were offered each night to allow fairgoers to ride all the rides for one fee. Dogs Fun Show and Kid’s Games were held Saturday morning in the livestock barn and a carnival matinee on the midway Saturday afternoon.
Other features included a Kitchen and Garden Show and Arts and Crafts exhibits were displayed throughout the fair in the Exhibit Building. Medieval games and an evening of Bluegrass music were featured Friday in the livestock barns with Shirley Robertson’s Wild Rose Bluegrass Band, The Yadkin Creek Boys and Highway 32 Bluegrass.
Maxwell said Fall Festival Board appreciates all the volunteers and community support to help make the 85th Annual Fall Festival a success. He said cleanup is under way as they prepare for the Timber Fun Day event Sept. 2 at The Commons.