Cole Camp Fair Brought Food, Fun And Normalcy

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Despite the difficulties of the COVID virus which has canceled many area events, hundreds of visitors lined the streets of Cole Camp as they joined together to celebrate the one hundred and fourth anniversary of the Cole Camp Fair this past weekend.  
While a few of the events were canceled or scaled back, the floats, antique cars and other favorites were part of the annual event.
One of the highlights of the final parade was the announcement of the Grand Prize winning float, a float featuring .  The float was designed and crafted by the Cole Camp High School Class of 2021.  This year’s theme was “20/20 Vision”.
Also riding in the parade was the 2020 Cole Camp Fair Queen Delaney Gerken/Marshall, a 2021 CCHS senior.  Her attendants included Paityn Massingill and Desiree Heimsoth. 
Future King and Queen of the Cole Camp Fair included:  Queen Louren Jackson, 4, daughter of Jake and Sarah Jackson and King Jamison Russell, 6, son of Thomas and Josi Russell.
Fair Board member Jamie Anderson said that the Future King and Queen’s interviews were virtual this year so that the children were not all together.
“It really worked out well because we uploaded the interviews and sent them to the judges,” said Anderson.  “The parents liked the new virtual interviews since they were able to view their children’s interviews.” 
Good Samaritan Care Center Queen Luella Viebrock rode in the parade as well.   
The Jaycee Beer Garden featured Fred Kennedy on guitar all three nights.
Attendance was good at the Coon Dog Show.  In the Tree Contest first place went to Chief owned by Coy Wilfong of Otterville.  Second place went to Roxy owned by Owen Birk of Florence and third place went to Jake owned by Veha Studt.
In the Roll Cage contest, first place went to Bo owned by Brandtley Netz; second place went to Jake owned by Colton Netz; and third place went to Hammer owned by MacKenze Gudde.
Best of Show went to Rose, a two year old English female owned by Breana and Dusty Mc Cubbins of Cole Camp.
Coon Dog Show chairman Phil Gudde was pleased with the turnout at the fair.  “We had to change things around a little to keep people at a safe distance but everything went really well and I was happy with the attendance.” 
The Cole Camp Fair Board is always looking for volunteers so everyone is invited to the next Fair Board meeting as they begin to plan for the 2021 Fair.