It was beauties and beasts at the Boyle County Fair Wednesday as pageants for Tiny Mister and Miss and Little Mister and Miss Boyle County Fair took place at the same time as dozens of screaming custom tractors competed across the fairgrounds.
David Snow of Casey County said his humble tractor was a family hobby his kids enjoy with the culture and community of the pulling events.
“Some of these tractors have $10,000 in them. Or more,” he said.
The tractors competed in different classes depending on horsepower. Competition was fierce but friendly and definitely a family affair.
John Murphy of Lawrenceburg had an all-original 1965 Pennsylvania tractor in pristine condition but it was not there to compete. This tractor’s purpose was to pull his other tractor, one of the radical custom jobs that resembled a chopper. His family walked away with at least one tall trophy before dark.
The competition was still in high gear when the carnival closed at 11 p.m.
Winners in the Commonwealth Garden Tractor Pulling Association Pro Garden Tractor Pulling are:
8 horsepower class: John Varner, Allison Cochran, Eric Warner
14 horsepower class: Rodney Sutton, Austin Taylor, Delaney Harris
25 stock twin: Heath Payton, Samara Murphy, Rodney Sutton
48 cubic inches: Eric Varner, Jason Rogers, Kenny Cornelison
20 stock: Rodney Sutton, David Snow, Eddie Hatchett
Hotrod: Johnny McKinney, Eric Varner, Marilyn Stivers
12 stock alternative: Clyde Ritchey, Delaney Harris, Matt Harris
25 stock alternative: Jacob Murphy, Pat Chapman, Eddie Hatchett
Strutting their stuff
Across the fairgrounds, the cuteness was just as competitive. Although each boy crowned as Tiny Mister and Little Mister was the only entrant, both were up for the challenge of winning any cute-competition.
For Little Mister Brady Elijah Brown, this will be important in a few months when he will join new Little Miss Macie Pass to compete as a couple for Boyle County in the Kentucky State Fair in August. The two were introduced for the first time onstage, and despite some obvious wariness, neither seemed to come down with cooties.
Kaylee Davis was chosen as first runner-up for Little Miss and Jeslynn Layton was second runner-up. Cloe King rocked a denim jacket and cowgirl boots to be named best dressed in the competition.
Searra Stratton took the crown for Tiny Miss. First runner-up was Olivia Worland, and Baylie Sims was chosen as second runner-up. Brooklyn Robinson was chosen by the judges as best dressed. Deane Burdett III is the new Tiny Mister.
Fair schedule for Thursday; admission, $8
10 a.m.-noon: adult Floral Hall exhibits accepted, Floral Hall
3-6 p.m.: “Soil of Boyle Demolition Derby,” taught by Chris Goodlett
6 p.m.: carnival opens
6-9 p.m.: Floral Hall opens; “Plate It Up,” with Natasha Saunders, Floral Hall; “Come Learn A Craft and Recycle,” Floral Hall
6:30 p.m.: Boyle County Olympics, horse arena; throwing contest; three-legged race; and backseat driving contest
7 p.m.: “Soil of Boyle Demolition Derby”
8 p.m.: hypnosis show, pavilion; magic shows by Mark Comley