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Large crowds enjoy 2017 Azalea Festival

The Annual Azalea Festival once again brought big crowds to Fredericktown for a weekend of music, events and fun in the sun.

The prince and princess, Gabriel Ross and Cora Couch were crowned on the evening of May 4. The next night, 2016 Azalea Queen Leah Singleton crowned her successor, Joslyn Schott, Miss Majic Touch Salon.

Over the rest of the weekend, the crowds swelled as the weather more than cooperated and events went ahead with little adjustment or delay. Just one week before, Azalea Park was under water following the heavy rains that had fallen in the area. Azalea Board President Rhonda Denman said the weather was drastically different for the weekend of the festival.

“It turned out really great,” Denman said. “We had really great weather.”

Denman said the weather was one reason for the year’s great turnout, and those who attended did not seem disappointed.

“It really looked like people were genuinely enjoying themselves,” Denman said.

Saturday was kicked off with a breakfast sponsored by the Rotary Club at the United Methodist Church from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. At 8 a.m., the Fun Run began, bringing runners through the streets of downtown Fredericktown.

From Friday afternoon on, there were dozens of arts and craft booths open for business, displaying wares ranging from handmade flowers to chainsaw sculptures.

Some of the largest crowds were to be found congregating around the food and drink vendors, with folks lining up for classic carnival food and homemade root beer.

The variety of carnival rides drew children and parents alike to the carnival grounds to slide, spin and soar all weekend long. For those not interested in rides, there was plenty of other entertainment to be found.

At noon on Saturday there was a horse shoe tournament, and although there was a late start to the tractor pulls, the track was packed with onlookers as the drivers lined up their machines and took turns down the dirt track.

Meanwhile at the court square, vintage vehicles and souped-up rides collected around the Madison County Courthouse for the Car Show. More than 60 trophies were given out to winners of some 25 categories in addition to the specialty awards including Azalea Queen’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, People’s Choice, Ladies’ Choice, Azalea Board Choice and Best of Show which went to Karl Francis and his 1967 Chevy C10.

All of the weekend’s events led up to Sunday’s Azalea Parade, which brought floats, horses, trucks, clowns, marchers and hundreds of spectators to crowd the parade route. Men of the Farmington Elks Lodge #1765 headed up the front of the parade, carrying an American flag that filled the width of the street as they came, eliciting cheers and salutes from the crowd.

Despite the bad weather in past weeks, the 2017 Azalea Festival was marked with blue skies, sunshine and plenty of fun for anybody to enjoy in Fredericktown.

For more results and hundreds of photos of the weekend’s events, check out the B section in this edition of the Democrat News or go to www.democratnewsonline.com

Joslyn Schott was crowned the 2017 Azalea Queen, Friday night. She was sponsored by Majic Touch Salon. Joslyn is the daughter of Jim Schott and Peggy Watson. 

Joslyn Schott was crowned the 2017 Azalea Queen, Friday night. She was sponsored by Majic Touch Salon. Joslyn is the daughter of Jim Schott and Peggy Watson. 

<span><p class=The 2017 Azalea Prince and Princess are Gabriel Ross White (son of David and Rhonda White) and Cora Couch (daughter of Dave and Erin Couch). ” width=”800″ /> The 2017 Azalea Prince and Princess are Gabriel Ross White (son of David and Rhonda White) and Cora Couch (daughter of Dave and Erin Couch). 

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