The community of Fairfax celebrated in royal style this year. The annual Fairfax Fair, sponsored by the Fairfax Optimist Club, brought friends and family together for a “Royal Celebration.” The 51st annual Fairfax Fair was held August 12, 13 and 14, 2016.
Many organizations had food booths in the park, with the traditional fair favorites – funnel cakes, pulled pork, ice cream and pie, popcorn, and lemonade. The bounce house and tractor ride kept the young ones busy, as well as game booths all over the park.
American Legion members Stan Osburn and Jack Vernon led the opening ceremonies processional to the stage and raised the flag in the city park Friday evening.
A welcome was given by Marilyn Alldredge on behalf of Xi Lambda Beta, sponsors of the baby/youth show and queen contest. Henry Smith, the 2015 Little Mr. Fairfax, led the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and Anna Ohlensehlen, 2015 Little Miss Fairfax, greeted everyone to the fair. Jaycee Graves, 2015 Junior Miss Fairfax, gave the invocation, and Ryan Hopkins sang “The Star Spangled Banner.” As the reigning Mayor of Fairfax, Alva Stoner also welcomed everyone to the Fairfax Fair and thanked the many businesses, organizations, and individuals for their assistance in the days following the storm that hit Fairfax in July.
The Little Mr. and Miss Fairfax contestants were the first to take the stage, decorated by Sarah Osburn. They were: Lela Wright, daughter of Kevin and Laura Wright; Kaylee Allen, daughter of Dustyn and Tabatha Allen; Emma Ohlensehlen, daughter of Josh and LeAnn Ohlensehlen; Zander Grossman, son of Curtis and Courtney Grossman; Alexander Wintz, son of John and Tabitha Wintz; Tristan Burke, son of Matt and Sandy Burke; Mackenzie Oswald, daughter of Marshal and Michelle Oswald; Delaynie Oswald, daughter of Marshal and Michelle Oswald; Avery Fast, daughter of David and Amy Fast; Riley Koop, son of Ryan and Jaymee Koop; Brenna Kingery, daughter of Ryan and Jill Kingery; and Knox Oswald, son of Marshal and Michelle Oswald. Knox Oswald and Avery Fast were crowned Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax 2016.
A total of 47 babies and toddlers were introduced in their age categories. Contestants and all those participating throughout the evening received a certificate from Xi Lambda Beta and an ice cream certificate to Rays’ Dairy Diner.
Junior Miss contestants were: Haley Garrison, daughter of Doug and Angela Garrison; Gena Mitchell, daughter of Tony and Lisa Mitchell; and Olivia Morris, daughter of Billy and Kelly Morris.
Miss Fairfax contestants were: Katy Baker, daughter of Ron and Trudy Baker; McKenzie Frohn, daughter of Becca and Jason Frohn; Jaycee Graves, daughter of Jon and Beth Graves; Jesse Graves, daughter of Jon and Beth Graves; Jaelynn Hill, daughter of Jennifer Hill and John Hill; and Shelbey Morris, daughter of Billy and Kelly Morris.
As each Junior Miss Fairfax and Miss Fairfax contestant introduced herself to the audience, she donated an item to Bailey’s Royal Wish Foundation. Charlie Smith, spokesperson, explained that Bailey’s Royal Wish provides baskets for chronically ill children. Each basket is tailored to fit that child’s needs and wishes.
Ginny Smith was in charge of the Queen Contest this year. The contestants honored her with flowers and her own crown as a token of their appreciation. Zac Smith served as Master of Ceremonies.
Some of the contestants performed during the program. Miss Talent honors went to McKenzie Frohn and Jaelynn Hill received First Runner-Up Talent.
Jaycee Graves, Junior Miss Fairfax 2015, and Skye Clark, Miss Fairfax 2015, each gave closing remarks.
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The contestants voted Gena Mitchell as Junior Miss Congeniality, and Katy Baker as Miss Congeniality.
Olivia Morris was crowned 2016 Junior Miss Fairfax. Gena Mitchell was named 1st Runner-Up, and Haley Garrison was named 2nd Runner-Up.
Shelbey Morris was selected to reign as Miss Fairfax 2016. Miss Fairfax 1st Runner-up was Jaelynn Hill; Miss Fairfax 2nd Runner-up was Katy Baker; and Miss Fairfax 3rd Runner-Up was Jaycee Graves.
Each girl received a rose from KG Buds and a $25 gift card from Midwest Data Center. Prizes for each of the winners were donated by local businesses and community members. Sponsors and donors were: Dr. David Scarbrough, Daybreak Cafe, 49ers Hobby Club, Lane and Aimeé Seymour, American Family Insurance / Jim Lewis, Martin S. Smith Trucking, Fairfax Kiwanis Club, Southard Farms, Lewis Trucking, Xi Lambda Beta, KG Buds, Fairfax Forum, The Walnut Shop, Ginny Vernon / Tomboy Tools, Dana Tracy / 31 Gifts, Farmers State Bank, The City of Fairfax, Julie’s Cross Cuts, Fairfax Optimist Club, Kent Fisher, Midwest Data Center, Rock Port Telephone Co., Martin S. Smith Trucking, Law Office of Dan Smith, and NorthwestCell.
Saturday’s festivities started with the Old Time Tractor Show, hosted by Harry Combs. Antique tractors and equipment were on display, then took part in the parade.
The Fairfax Optimist Club sponsored a ping pong ball drop again this year, and the plane dropped marked balls on Main Street. Optimist Club members also tossed out balls at the end of the parade.
The pageantry continued Saturday morning with a parade befitting royalty. American Legion members presented the colors to start the Fairfax Fair Parade. Jim Ball was announcer for the parade. There were parade marshals, Moila Shrine Diplomats, antique cars, East Atchison Wolves athletes and cheerleaders, commercial and civic floats, children, politicians, tractors, horses, fire trucks and many others.
Bill Slaughter served as emcee for Saturday evening’s program. Katy Baker sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” and the East Atchison Wolves Cheerleaders performed cheers. A large group of kids sang several songs they learned at Vacation Bible School this summer, and invited audience members onto the stage to sing “This Little Light of Mine.” Others sharing their talents during the program included the following: Erica Taylor, Alexis O’Farrell, Molly Carpenter, Jasey Smith and Natalie Hedlund, Josie Watkins, Devon and Mikaela Sons, Austin Acton and Conner Marshall, Gabby DeRosier, Ryan Hopkins, Susan Braams, and Soldiers of the Cross.
Shelbey Morris, Miss Fairfax 2016, and Olivia Morris, Junior Miss Fairfax 2016, assisted Bill with the prize drawings. The drawings and winners were: Betsy Bingo ($500) – Vickie Smith; Community Hospital Auxiliary – quilt, Amy Sefrit; American Legion – tractors, Larry Hawkins and Neil Million; Legion Auxiliary – $100 bill, Christine Schneier; Fairfax Kiwanis Club – Basketful of Fairfax, Baylee Lewis; Fairfax Kiwanis Club – Kansas City Royals Ticket Package, Alex Wintz; and Fairfax Optimist Club – iPad mini 2 (donated by Gavilon), Mike Fisher.
Area youth enjoyed “dancing on the slab” Friday and Saturday nights.
The community gathered to celebrate at the church service in the park. sponsored by the Fairfax Ministerial Alliance, was held Sunday morning in the city park. Pastor Bob Fleming from the Fairfax Christian Church delivered the message. The Fairfax After Prom Committee sponsored a dinner at the Fairfax Community Room.
The Northwest Missouri Garden Tractor Pullers sponsored a garden tractor pull on Sunday.
The Fairfax Class of 2017 held their third annual slow pitch softball tournament at the Fairfax Ball Park over the weekend. Country Cab won the tournament. Second place went to Team Jordan, and the Hopkins team won third place.