Fair opens with good attendance

No fair is complete without a good dunking booth.Boone County Fair had good attendance through its opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12.

Activities started Saturday morning with the 4-H Horse Show, which continued through much of the afternoon. Other activities on Saturday were the 4-H Dog Show, Gun Show, Grill-Off, and a festival concert featuring rock ‘n roll groups Little River Band and Emphatic.

The Grill-Off attracted only two entries, but many spectators were on hand to sample the cooking of Randy “Slim” Stuhr and George Lueken.

A crowd estimated at 650 people attended the concert Saturday evening.

Many Boone County residents attended the fair worship service on Sunday, with Rev. Michael Kern of Immanuel Zion Lutheran Church delivering the sermon. All county churches heped present the service.

After the worship service, Teri Richards and her family received an Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Award in recognition of 100 years of continuous farm ownership.

Patrick Curran of Albion was on hand to receive the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award for his volunteer work with Goodwill Industries, and for service as a ticket-taker for many years at Albion baseball games.

A new 4-H King and Queen, Dustin Christo of Albion and Ashley VanDeWalle of Cedar Rapids, were also crowned Sunday morning in front of the grandstand.

Sunday afternoon’s highlight was the Boone County Fair Q125 Parade, which began at 1:30 p.m. and featured 103 entries this year.