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Until next year

(Kyle, Randy, Allan and Michael of "Deuces Wild Chili" at the Fairbury Fair Sunday)

Another Fairbury Fair is officially in the books.

The 2023 event wrapped-up on a warm afternoon Sunday with plenty of activities during what has become a popular day at the fair with contests, rides, food, community worship service and judging. Fair board president Kelly Honegger considers it a wonderful fair.

“We had a lot of thankful people and I am super proud,” Honegger said during the closing ceremonies and winner announcements.

The winner of the chili cookoff was the Deuces Wild Chili team. Second place went to LK Farms and third place went to Two Guys and their Pot. Hottest chili was won by Cilantro and Lime, showmanship was presented to Double B and people’s choice was given to Double P.

Rick Kester, also known as the Ragin’ Cajun, has been a part of the chili cookoff since it started almost 20 years ago and was stationed toward the west side of the beer tent with his setup.

“I’ve won everything but first place,” Kester said before the results were revealed. “We’ll see what happens this year.”

Kester has always been a chili enthusiast who started cooking with gas and went to electric. He has plenty of memories during his time competing at the Fairbury Fair.

“We’ve had sometimes six teams, sometimes eight teams up to 10 so it’s always enjoyable.”

Tom and Pam Schahrer were the winners of the fair golf cart.

In the kids drawing, the following winners were announced:

Ellie Sylvester – mini bike

Braxton Lawrence – projector

Joah Zimmerman – picnic table

Ada Ray – teeter totter

Avery Mueller – tablet

Sparrow Zobrist – bubble machine

Ryker Rafferty – tablet

Parker Elliott – robot dog

Kolt Lemenager – bike

Cade Freed – Android tablet

Natalie Runyon – hover board

Connie Sinnett – karaoke machine

(The Fairbury Fairboard is recognized on stage Sunday afternoon)

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