(Posted July 17, 2019)
By Jeff Pfeil, Staff Photographer
The following are scenes from the 2019 Madison County Fair which took place July 7-13 at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London.
Ryan Writsel of Orient drives his “Lucky Stryke” down the track during the NTPA Truck & Tractor Pull. Writsel finished with a pull of 310.145 feet in the modified tractors division.
Riley Wight leads her pig around the ring during the judging for Overall Purebred market Barrow competition. Riley won the class.
Allison Dudgeon (left) of the Mud Run Hustlers 4-H Club and Lana Kirts of the Monroe Winners 4-H Club prepare for judging in rabbit showmanship for 15-year-olds. Kirts won the class and Dudgeon finished second.
Competitors in the 16-year-old class of rabbit showmanship included: (from left) Madison Shaw, Double L II 4-H Club, second place; Jacqueline Lauer, County Conservation Club, first place; Hannah Dye, Town & Country Kids 4-H Club, fourth place.
Austin Swaney from Fairfield Rascals competes in the Senior Goat Showmanship for 8 to 18 year olds, keeping his eye on the judge.
Driving his Chevy truck, “Alcohol Addiction Retapped,” Jacob Shepherd of Brown City, Mich., gets his truck rolling in the NTPA Truck & Tractor Pull. Shepherd had a pull of 310.775 feet.
Junior Fair Queen Olivia Rinesmith leads a group of 60 youngsters on a tour of the fairgrounds. “Passport to the Madison County Fair” is for 5- to 8-year-olds and includes stops at everything from the alpaca barn to the FFA building.
Junior Fair King Cody Forrest stands with the Junior Fair Prince Ethan Guisinger, who said his crown was hot and that he could use a drink of water.
Aayliah Hansen of the Clover Clippers 4-H Club models her outfit in the Designed By Me class during the Clothing & Textiles Fashion Show.
The Beginners to Winners 4-H Club created this fairgrounds display based on this year’s fair theme, “Welcome to Fairadise.”
Aimee Cordle of the Everything Under The Sun 4-H Club walks her goat around the ring during goat showmanship.
Winners in the Grange Hall cooking competition included: (from left) Marina Sweet, People’s Choice winner; Nikki Keeran, first place in casseroles; Marsha Allen, first place in desserts; and Vicky Victor, first place in chili.
Beverly Kinateder and Allie Puckett placed third and first, respectively, in the cake decorating contest.
London resident R.D. Bivens grills up hamburgers at JB Grillers, one of several food vendors that kept fairgoers’ bellies full.
Contestants in the Talent Showcase stand with their ribbons: Dean Harris, second, junior division; Gabi Wolverton, second, senior division; Olive Wilson, first, junior division; Laura Furbee, third, junior division; and Luke Peart, first, senior division. All of the contestant sang.
Kelsey Pettit stands with her open class grand champion market goat. She also won reserve champion with one of her other goats. Joining her for a photo op are Tiffany Sunday, holding the banner, and the judge, Jordan Fledderjohann.
Olivia Rinesmith takes her walk down the runway after being named the 2019 Madison County Junior Fair Queen.
The Madison County Junior Fair royalty were named following competition the first night of the fair: (from left) Luke Peart, prince; Olivia Geyman, princess; Lillian Marriott, first attendant; Olivia Rinesmith, queen; Skylar Stewart, second attendant; and Cody Forrest, king.
Clark Manson was the opening act for the fair’s Sunday night country music concert. He and the other acts, Drake White and The Big Fire and headliner Michael Ray, played to a big crowd.
Kinleigh McPherson, 5, on London dances on the grandstand infield as Drake White and The Big Fire perform.
Drake White performs with his band, The Big Fire, on opening night of the fair.
John Burton stands with his goat during open class judging. Burton came home with the win.
The 2019 Madison County Fair ambassadors were named on Sunday night of the fair: (from left) Jacqui Lauer, special interest; Jose Harris, youth; Kylee Kruger, rabbits; Lillian Fink, youth; Kristin Eades, swine; Lexie Fansler, dairy; Zoe Hutson, small animals; Amber Fullen, equine; Callie Jenkins, beef; Jayden Baker, sheep; and Whitney Stires, goats.
Abbi Butin holds her goat during open class judging.