Contests, recognition at fair
Saturday was packed full of activities during the 145th Fairbury Fair.
Local heroes were welcomed home during a special military appreciation event and hospitality tent on the east end of the fairgrounds. Free gate admission was provided for members of the military. The Frankfort Brass Band performed patriotic music in front of the grandstand.
A tasty addition to the fair included the KCBS Barbeque Cookoff on the west end of the grounds with various divisions.
Ryan Stafford of Washington was cooking with team members from Bartonville.
“We are making chicken and ribs so baby back ribs and chicken thighs,” Stafford explained. “We just get out and try to do something with the family and have fun.”
Stafford has competed for a few years but only goes to a couple of competitions a year.
Eric Baab of Peoria has been competing for many years, even going pro for a while. Ribs are his specialty.
“Today we are doing baby backs which are a little out of my comfort zone,” Baab said.
The team known as “692 BBQ” received first place in the chicken category with “SermerStout” winning the backyard ribs division. SermerStout was the overall contest winner. In the Kids Que 11 and over division, Lil Tools BBQ won. First place in the Kids Que 10 and under wet to DB BBQ 1.
A golf cart rodeo and scavenger hunt seemed to be a hit with several golf carts participating. Kara Trainor won the scavenger hunt.
Another successful 5K run and two-mile walk saw strong participation with a kid fun run held in conjunction with the event around the fairgrounds.