Fair corrals rodeo crowds
- Susan Matheny
- Madras Pioneer - News
During a week with blistering 100-degree weather, attendance at the 70th Jefferson County Fair was still slightly up from last year, according to Fairgrounds Manager Lottie Holcomb.
"Attendance was up on Friday and Saturday nights when it cooled off," she said, adding that rodeo organizers, "said they had never seen it be standing room only, and they were having to turn people away."
The popular Fair Talent Show on Wednesday and Thursday evenings drew a crowd to watch contestants vie for the $1,000 top prize.
First place winners in the adult division were local tap-dancers Monica and Meaghan O'Meara, Christina Barnes and Erika Rosenfield, who did a rendition of the French Can Can to dance off with the $1,000 prize.
Second-place winner was the band "Fiddle Sticks," comprised of the Kalebaugh and Simpson families of Terrebonne. Third place was won by Jacob Looper, who sang an original composition "Color of my Heart," and fourth-place winner was Robb Davis, who sang and played guitar.
The first place youth division winner of $500 was fiddle player 13-year-old Rachel Kalebaugh of Terrebonne, who entertained with "Irish Washerwoman," "Turkey in the Straw" and "Orange Blossom Special."
Second place for youth was won by Ashley Barbari, 13, who sang Aretha Franklin's "Respect," and third-place winner was Tia Kroo, 11, who sang "Drops of Jupiter."
The 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction did well this year, with more sale buyers and quite a few new people joining in on the auction. The auction sold 48 swine, 35 beef, 84 sheep and three goats.