July 1, 2010

Community Refuses to Let Rains Spoil 2010 Scotland County Fair

Cotton candy and blue ribbons are items most associated with a county fair, but in 2010 it was sump pumps and loads of gravel that helped insure success for the Scotland County Fair.

Mother Nature was a bit unkind to local fairgoers, with inclement weather forcing the cancellation of Wednesday and Thursday night’s motorsports events in the grandstands. But the rain didn’t dampen the spirits for too long, as the fair board reported excellent attendance at the remaining events.

Tuesday night’s Colgate Country Music Showdown brought to you by KMEM Radio drew more than 400 spectators to cheer on 13 local contestants vying for a shot to move on to perform at the next level.

“We were really pleased with the turnout for the program,” said fair board member Linda Mallett. “That was a night we originally did not have filled for the grandstands, so to draw that big of a crowd was a big bonus.”

The heavy rains made the fairgrounds a bit treacherous for set up when Fun Time Shows carnival arrived. But the tireless efforts of the fair board working with sump pumps and trenching to remove standing water, insured the show was able to go on.

County crews delivered extra gravel to the grounds and the drives were built up to allow them to be used as the base for the carnival rides and games.

And were they ever used. Mallett reported approximately 700 armbands were sold for the carnival, not taking into account any of the single ticket sales.

Wet weather hampered the junior livestock shows, but the exhibitors prevailed with quality displays of swine, sheep, goats and cattle. The youth also shined in the art hall, with 4-H, FFA and Girl and Boy Scouts showing off their work not to mention displays by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Scotland County Hospital, Air Evac and much more.

The rains held off until after the show Friday night as an estimated 850 fans filled the grandstands to watch Trailer Choir and Brooke Rochelle perform.

An early morning shower actually played into the plans for the rest of the day once the junior livestock sale was completed. The precipitation helped prepare the field for the mud bog races that saw 53 different vehicles complete more than 80 runs through the course on the fairgrounds.

At the other end of the grounds, the junior livestock sale saw hogs, sheep, cattle and art hall projects bring top dollar as nearly 100 registered buyers spent an estimated $38,000 on animals being sent to the locker or on to the sale barn for resale at floor prices graciously set by Scotland County Livestock.

The fair board saved the best for last as the 2010 demolition derby packed the grandstands with over 1,000 paid admissions.

“We let the younger kids in for free, so there was well over 1,000 people there for the show,” Mallett said. “Our attendance was great all week. It was just unbelievable to see how well the community supported the fair, if nothing else just coming out to eat at the cook shack. People really pulled together to support the shows and there are just way too many volunteers to try to mention them all, who helped make the fair a big success.”

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