Thursday, August 31, 2000

Ponies, pigs, pageants provide plenty of pun

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Organizers of this year's annual Alexandria Fair just couldn't resist the pun.

        Marketing materials for the county fair, which opened Wednesday and runs through Monday,boast that Alexandria Fair 2000 is “just Two Grand to be missed.”

[photo] Aleene Schaber (left) and Colleen Ware prepare to place on exhibit at the 2000 Alexandria Fair and Horse Show a cushaw gourd grown by Judy Schmidt (right), of Alexandria.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        For 144 years, Campbell County's fair has dominated the social calendars of area 4-H'ers and horse enthusiasts.

        Last year, the fair drew more than 1,100 equestrians and their mounts from throughout the region. This year, the horse show will span four nights and three afternoons to include 130 classes, said Karen M. Ware of the Campbell County Agriculture Society.

        Anyone staying for the entire show — from the fair's kickoff parade Wednesday evening to its final affair, the Championship Horse Show on Monday night — will see a pageantry of ponies and horses, from giant draft breeds to miniature equines and from elegant gaited horses to rough-and- tumble contest ponies.

        Of course, this being a county fair, other animals will try to hog the spotlight. Besides cattle, sheep and dairy goats, there will be greased pigs, rodeo chickens and proud pooches in a “Just for Fun” dog show.

        But even the animal pageantry won't outshine the real beauty contests.

        The question of who will be the fairest of the fair will have multiple answers, with contests including:

        • A baby pageant.

        • A Cutie Pie pageant (for 2- to 4-year olds).

        • A Little Miss and Mister Alexandria Fair pageant (for 4- to 7-year-olds).

        • Miss Teen Alexandria Fair (for 13- to 15-year-old girls).

        Finally, for young women 16 to 21, there is the Miss Alexandria Fair pageant, to be decided at 8 p.m. today.


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