The 104th LaRue County Fair came to a close Saturday.
It marked what to many, was the hottest, most humid fair in recent memory. The most comfortable spot on the grounds hands-down was the new Bobby Morrison and Jim Phelps building where the beauty and baby pageants were held.
Thank you, many times over, to fair board members Ann “Snookie” Morrison and Jimmy Engle, who spent countless hours over the last year making sure the building was ready for the 2011 fair. The babies were happier – and so were their parents. The older beauties had to be more comfortable when they weren’t worrying about their makeup running and their dresses sticking in a most uncomfortable fashion.
I also want to express appreciation to the judges, who, in several cases, drove many miles to pick the loveliest baby, child, teen or young woman of the bunch. It’s a thankless and difficult job and they are second-guessed by everyone.
While I do appreciate the difficulty of the decision – and the willingness of the Fair Board to shake things up by opening the pageants to the state – I was ever so disappointed in the selection of the top-10 Miss LaRue County Fair contestants.
There were 11 lovely young women from LaRue County in the pageant. None were chosen for the finals. And I am completely confused as to why that happened. At least half of them should have been onstage for the crowning moment.
And if the out-of-town contestants are truly representing LaRue County, shouldn’t they reference our tourist draw of Abe Lincoln rather than their hometown’s blessed barbecue or festival when answering questions onstage?
The young woman who was selected to represent our county is indeed beautiful and poised. She is a seasoned pageant pro and I’m sure she will make an excellent representative for us.
But call me sentimental. I would prefer to see the least attractive – not that any of them were – of our LaRue ladies represent us at the state pageant than the most attractive of the out-of-towners.