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By Taylor Wren
The Calhoun County Fair kicked off Thursday, Sept. 9 with the official fair opening at the flagpole. Speaker and President of the fair board, Terry Strauch, gave quite a humorous brief history on the new flag pole that was done by Rich Armbruster which was recognized during the opening. Members of the American Legion and retired AirForce, Scotty Browning and Craig Johnson, raised the flag while the National Anthem was sung by Calhoun Entertainment Company.
Following the opening was the County Talent Show. There were a total of eight exciting and beautiful performances on this chilly evening. All but one performance was for the junior division leaving Kathryn Tepen (winner) on her own for the senior division where she performed a Miranda Lambert song and crushed it! The junior division winners were as follows: winners Macy Waters and Avery Wyatt, first runner up was Adriana Schmidt and second runner up was Adeline Torrez. The winners will move on to represent the county in the state talent competition.
Sunday’s fair started off with the impressive annual parade. Floats filled with pageant contestants, winners from other counties and local businesses and organizations drove by with smiles and waves as the road became a river of candy.
We all know you can’t have a fair without a demolition derby! This year’s action was brought to the public by Track Shot Promotions and they did not disappoint. The cheers from the excited crowd in the packed stands was proof of that. There were a total of five classes for the afternoon. The final class, HOBO Compact, had 26 cars in the heat which was definitely thrilling to watch.