The Fairfax Optimist Club is making final plans for the 2016 Fairfax Fair, “Royal Celebration.” The 51st annual fair will be held Friday, August 12, through Sunday, August 14.
The Fairfax City Park will be bustling with activity Friday night and all day Saturday. A variety of refreshments and games of all kinds will be available. If you’re feeling lucky, you can purchase a chance to win a prize at one of the booths. To reserve booth space at the park during the Fairfax Fair, contact Jim Ball at 660-253-0527 (cell) or 660-686-2231 (work).
The opening ceremonies will begin at 6:20 p.m. on Friday, August 12. Participants from grades one through high school will meet at the northeast end of the park, close to the shelter house, to line up and proceed to the stage. This includes all school age participants. Each participant will receive a prize from Xi Lambda Beta. This event allows for the youth of that age group to be a special part of the Fairfax Fair and is a great kick-off for the weekend activities. For more information concerning the opening ceremonies, call Marilyn Alldredge, 660-686-2495 or 660-744-3146.
The Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax contest is for children who are four, five and six years old and live in the Fairfax School District. They will be first on the stage at 6:30 p.m. sharp to be judged. Out-of-area judges will be judging this event. Judging for the Queen and Junior Miss contests will be a separate team of judges.
The Baby/Youth Show will follow with all youngsters welcome. This is a great time to show off the youth and allow parents, grandparents and the community the opportunity to be proud of our future leaders.
All participants need to be pre-registered. Registration sheets will be available at Rays’ Dairy Diner or KG Buds. Pre-registration before participants arrive at the park is preferred; however, last-minute registration will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. that evening at the north side of the stage in the park.
Babies from birth to 6 months will take the stage, followed by children in these categories: 7 to 11 months, 1 year to 23 months, 2 years to 35 months, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, and 6 years.
Following introductions of all the categories, the Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax candidates will be brought back on the stage for the announcement of the winners and coronation of the 2016 Little Mr. and Miss Fairfax. They will ride in the parade Saturday morning.
Last year’s Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax, along with last year’s Junior Miss Fairfax, will assist with this year’s event.
Questions concerning the baby show or Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax contest may be directed to Susan Slaughter at 660-686-2509 or Marilyn Alldredge, 660-744-3146.
The Miss Fairfax and Junior Miss Fairfax contest will also be held Friday evening. Ginny Smith has been in charge of this year’s contest.
Six contestants will compete for the title of 2016 Miss Fairfax. They are Katy Baker, McKenzie Frohn, Jaycee Graves, Jesse Graves, Jaelynn Hill, and Shelbey Morris. This year’s Junior Miss Fairfax contestants include: Haley Garrison, Gena Mitchell, and Olivia Morris. Sponsors are: Ginny Vernon with Tomboy Tools, Dana Tracy with 31 Gifts, Kent Fisher Insurance, NorthwestCell, Midwest Data Center, Martin S. Smith Trucking, Law Office of Dan Smith, KG Buds, Xi Lambda Beta, Walnut Shop, Fairfax Forum, City of Fairfax, and Farmers State Bank.
The “Dance on the Slab” will be held Friday and Saturday nights, 9:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Harry Combs is preparing for the old time tractor reunion and is wanting old machinery and tractors for the show. The old time tractor reunion will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 13, at the football field with participants taking part in the parade.
The Fair Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. Registration will be at the football field. There will be a ping pong drop again this year. A plane will drop approximately 250 numbered ping pong balls on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. before the parade (weather permitting). An additional 100 balls will be tossed out from the Optimist Club’s float at the end of the parade. Each ball will receive a prize if turned in at the park stage between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. following the parade. (Only one prize per person.) Five ping pong balls will be worth $10.
Bill Slaughter is organizing Saturday night’s program. Local talent will be featured from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m., then Soldiers of the Cross Quartet will perform.
The Fairfax Ministerial Alliance will hold community church services in the Fairfax City Park Sunday, August 14, at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bob Fleming of the Fairfax Christian Church will be the speaker.
A community dinner, sponsored by the After Prom Committee, will be held at the Fairfax Community Room following church services.
The popular garden tractor pull will return to Fairfax this year. A Northwest Missouri Garden Tractor Pullers Sanctioned Event will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Registration is at 11:00 a.m. The pull will take place on the west side of Hwy. 59, across from the old convenience store.