The windy weekend didn't keep the crowds away from the Madison County Fair on Oct. 5-7 at Azalea Park.

Fair goers enjoyed watching the youth compete in events such as the Kiddie Tractor Pull hosted by Bess Insurance, Jr. Cow Milking contest put on by Adam Shetley of Little Grassy Dairy, Turtle Races sponsored by Dominos, Greased Pig Contest hosted by MU Extension and Jr. Super Farmer put on by the Madison County Farm Bureau Board.

"I always get a kick out of how many kids participate in the events," Event Organizer Juli Kline said. "It was great to see so many local youth celebrating our rural heritage."

There were many local craft and food vendors set up for crowds to enjoy throughout the day as well as performances by Madam Rosa and her Oddities and Animal Show. While others enjoyed the truck and tractor pulls featuring the Bootheel Pullers and Draggin' Waggin' Pullers. 

The Mr. and Miss Madison County Fair contestants weighed in their canned good donations Oct. 6 and brought in a record total of more than 4,000 pounds of food. The winners were announced the next day at the fair. Andy Pacinda took home Mr. Madison County while Brooke Mathews was crowned Miss Madison County with a pink cowboy hat.

Connie Cox told all the contestants that regardless of if they brought in the most food they needed to remember what a difference they have made.

The livestock show was a true representation of the variety and talent of Madison County farmers. Many animals were represented including beef and dairy cows, goats, sheep, geese, bunnies, turkeys, chickens, roosters, pigs, and more.

Children also enjoyed petting and feeding the alpaca, llamas, sheep, and goats.

Klien said the MU Extension had a record number of Home Economics submissions this year including canned goods, leather and woodworking, handmade garments and other 4-H youth projects to showcase the talents of the community.

The FHS FCCLA also hosted a 5K color run Saturday morning beginning and ending downtown. Performances on the JC stage included the Kelly A. Burlison Middle School Choir “Treble Makers,” followed by performances by “Shades of Blue”, Eric Thompson and Shannon Cox and "Rhubarbarerella.”

Many local sponsors, volunteers, businesses and non-profits make this free event possible for Madison County. 

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com

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