The 2017 Junior Miss and Miss Fairfax contestants are: front row – Gena Mitchell, Kendal Straub (this year’s Junior Miss Fairfax contestant), and Jaelynn Hill; and back row – Jaycee Graves and Jesse Graves. Miss Fairfax contestants not pictured are Morgan O’Riley, Katy Baker, and McKenzie Frohn.
The Fairfax Optimist Club is making final plans for the 2017 Fairfax Fair, “Small Town, Big Heart.” The 52nd annual fair will be held Friday, August 11, through Sunday, August 13.
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.
Organizations and businesses that have reserved booths include the following: Fairfax Optimist Club, games and chances on an iPad mini (donated by Gavilon); Fairfax Masonic Lodge, hamburgers, pie, and tea; Fairfax Kiwanis Club, games and popcorn; Atchison County Extension Council, corn dogs; Fairfax United Methodist Church, rides and bouncy slide; Mu Lambda, homemade ice cream; John Richards American Legion and Auxiliary, raffles; Ralph Greer American Legion Post, moped raffle; Fairfax FFA, pulled pork; Fairfax FCCLA, baked potato; FHS Senior class, games; FHS Junior class, hot dogs, funnel cakes, and drinks; FHS Boosters for the Class of 2019, game and raffle; FHS Freshman class, game; FHS Flag Corps, fried Oreos; FHS Alumni Association, raffle; Hospital Auxiliary, quilt raffle; NWMO Bots, game and quilt raffle; Betsy Bingo, Cow Patty Bingo; Tropical Snow, shaved ice; Scentsy Candles, candles; Michele Pfeil, waffle on a stick; MDT Woodworks, custom furniture and home decor; and American Family Insurance.
The opening ceremonies will begin at 6:20 p.m. on Friday, August 11. 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. 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 4, 5 and 6 years of age who are in the Fairfax School District. These contestants will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. to be judged first.
The Baby/Youth Show will follow with anyone wishing to share their youths welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged, but last minute registrations will be accepted until 6:10 p.m. that evening at the north side of the stage. Registration sheets will be available at Rays’ Dairy Diner, KG Buds or Farmers State Bank.
Baby/Youth Show age categories are: birth to 6 months, 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 youngsters, the Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax candidates will be brought back on the stage for the coronation of the 2017 Little Mr. and Miss Fairfax.
Questions concerning the baby show or Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax contest may be directed to Susan Slaughter, 660-686-2509 or Marilyn Alldredge, 660-744-3146.
The Miss Fairfax and Junior Miss Fairfax contest will also be held Friday evening. Jill Kingery and Kris Umbarger have been in charge of this year’s contest.
Seven contestants will compete for the title of 2017 Miss Fairfax. They are: Katy Baker, daughter of Ron and Trudy Baker, sponsored by MDT Woodworks; McKenzie Frohn, daughter of Becca and Jason Frohn, sponsored by Rays’ Dairy Diner; Jaycee Graves, daughter of Jon and Beth Graves, sponsored by Farm Bureau; Jesse Graves, daughter of Jon and Beth Graves, sponsored by Cunningham Farms; Jaelynn Hill, daughter of Jennifer Hill and John Hill, sponsored by Fast Global Solutions; Gena Mitchell, daughter of Tony and Lisa Mitchell, sponsored by Davis Farms; and Morgan O’Riley, daughter of Shaun and Sam O’Riley, sponsored by Simmons MFA, LLC. Kendal Straub, daughter of Justin and Alicia Straub, is this year’s candidate for Junior Miss Fairfax. She is sponsored by Straub Sales and Service. Others making donations for the queen contest are: Atchison County Mail, Beta Sigma Phi – Xi Lambda Beta, Krys and Bob Carlock, City of Fairfax, Community Hospital – Fairfax, The Creed Family, Daybreak Cafe, Fairfax Agency Inc. (Robert and Marilyn Alldredge), Fairfax Kiwanis Club, Fairfax Optimist Club, Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, 49ers Hobby Club, Julie’s Cross Cuts, KG Buds, Ryan and Jill Kingery, Ma & Pa Automotive, Lane and Aimee Seymour, Smith Farms, Kris and Treyvor Umbarger, Tim and Sandy Umbarger, and Ginny Vernon – Tomboy Tools.
The “Dance on the Slab” will begin at 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
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 12, at the old hospital site, with participants taking part in the parade.
Registration for the Fair Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the football field, and the parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. Ping pong balls will be thrown out from the Optimist Club’s float at the end of the parade. Each numbered ball can be redeemed for a prize until 2 p.m. at the park stage following the parade.
Bill Slaughter is organizing Saturday night’s program. East Atchison cheerleaders will perform before the Southeast Nebraska band plays at 6:00 p.m.  Kevin Horner, a ventriloquist/magician, will perform at 7:00 p.m. followed by local  talent: Josie Watkins and group, Ann Marie Jones, Olivia Slaughter, Shawn Minter, Ryan Hopkins, and Darius Skillen.
Drawings for different contests will be held following the talent show.
The Fairfax Ministerial Alliance will hold community church services in the Fairfax City Park Sunday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Andrew Sanders of the Fairfax United Methodist Church will be the speaker.
A community dinner, sponsored by the After Prom Committee, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fairfax Community Room. The menu will include roast beef, potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, salad, tea/water/lemonade & dessert. Free will donations will be accepted.
The Larry Lewis Memorial Pull will be held Sunday, August 13, at 1:00 p.m. This Northwest Missouri Garden Tractor Pullers Association sanctioned event will take place on the west side of Hwy. 59, across from the old convenience store.