From corn dogs to the queen pageant, the Mercer County Fair didn't disappoint

Penny Doyle
Times Record
Harper Rice peeks out of the engine as she rides the train at the Mercer County Fair.

FAIR time! That means one could get their fill of corn dogs and lemonade and many other food items. If you’re a thrill seeker, the rides are the ticket and you could choose round and round or upside down. Hopefully you waited on the food options until AFTER those rides.

Whatever the reason was for attending the fair this year, hat’s off to the fair board and workers for making it such a joy. The grounds were cleaned and prepped so well. It started on Tuesday, July 12 and of course, no fair is complete without a queen and her court.

The 2022 Mercer County Fair queen and court.

In all, there were 32 contestants and they all were amazing. Dancing and speeches and the beautiful dresses…each young lady gave it their all. In the end, the winners were called and cheers came from the stands. The results came in and your new Miss Mercer County is Cassidy Freeman. Also receiving their crowns were Junior Miss Mercer County, Ahava Smoldt and Little Miss Mercer County, Hailey McKeag. Other pageant results for Miss were 1st runner up - Tatum Taylor, 2nd runner up - Madi Diehl, Photogenic-Cassidy Freeman, and Congeniality - Cassidy Freeman. Junior result: 1st runner up-Emalyn Millar, 2nd runner up-Sophia Hodges, Photogenic-Ahava Smoldt, Congeniality-Sophia Hodges. Little: 1st runner up-Delaney Millar, 2nd runner up-Adalynn Lucas, 3rd runner up-Carla Osborne, 4th runner up-Adalyn Hodges, Photogenic-Hailey Mckeag, Sunshine-Madison Elliott.

Of course there were ribbons to be won for floral displays and photos, the youth showing their prize sheep, swine, market beef or goats. True showmanship is seen at such a young age when they handle their animals and they learn and grow each year.

Royalty poses for a photo Wednesday morning at the Mercer County Fair.

There were so many things to see and do and hope that you had time to take it all in. There was everything from a Decorated Diaper Contest to the ever-thrilling Demolition Derby. You never know what the abbreviation D.D. stands for. haha

The fair didn’t let down this year. Now another year to wait for your fill of fun fair time and all the food that goes with it.

One-year-old Brielle Howard enjoying her carousel ride while attending the fair for the first time.