Ayden Dunham, 3, has a fast start out of the gate at the Kids Pedal Pull at the 48th annual Smithton Town and Country Fair Friday night. The participants are scored on the distance they can pedal their tractor in a timed event.
Smithton Mayor Damian Lemens checks his brisket at the barbecue competition at the fair. The contestants could compete in four areas: chicken, baby back ribs, appetizers and brisket. Event organizers gave barbecue pork sandwiches and chips to anyone who stopped by. The asked for a $1 donation to cover the cost of the soda that was also provided.
Alex Walsh accepts his ribbon for being named Grand Champion Pie Baker in the 17 and under division at the Pie Baking Contest and Auction. His pecan pie was purchased for $225 by Gary McMullin of W&M Welding. A tradition at the fair is to donate a pie back to be re-bid with the proceeds going to the Ringen Brushy 4-H. After McMullin donated the pie back, it was purchased by Tyler Gerke for $575. Gerke is a member of the organization. Slices of the homemade pies and scoops of homemade ice cream are given away each year at the fair to anyone who would like to sample the items.
Rusty Lane tosses a bale of hay over a nine-foot pole at the Super Farmer Competition Saturday night. He and his wife Bonnie went on to win the event in the adult division. Contestants also take part in corn scooping, steel post driving, egg gathering, pig slopping and wheel barrow races as part of the competition.
Emma Slaughter stands with her goat Gordy while Nick Gereke, livestock event organizer, looks on. Slaughter won two first place ribbons, second place in showmanship, Reserve Grand Champion for Gordy and Grand Champion for the second goat she had at the show, Ruby. The Smithton Fair began 48 years ago as an event for the youth of Pettis County to showcase their livestock and agricultural skills.
RJ Asbury stands among the goats before they are shown at the fair. He was learning about the animals from Jennifer Boatright, DVM, and her daughter, Hannah Boatright. Hannah later showed at the livestock show which is open to members of the 4-H and FFA clubs who live in the Smithton School District.
Garrett Dowdy prepares to toss a bale of hay in the super farmer competition while his teammate Stacia Lutrell looks on and encourages him in the background. The team won the youth division for ages 13 to 18. It is the second consecutive year the duo has competed in the event. Lutrell is the outgoing president of the Smithton FFA chapter and Dowdy will serve as the president of the organization during his senior year at Smithton High School.