The thinking of many is that Saturday’s Dairy Festival Parade may have been among the best ever attracting a large crowd along the route. The main attraction was the Budweiser Clydesdales. There were over 100 entries including the usual little kids in golf carts, the six Queen contestants, Queen Kennedy Potts, businesses, youth groups, churches, balloon pilots, fire trucks, big trucks and tractors old and new. Parade Marshal was Martha Hare who rode in a carriage.
In the Cow Milking Contest Saturday, Grace Prichard took first among Queen Contestants. Madison Rater was second and Keely Moore was third. In Contestants’ Parents competition, James and Shelley Rater were first, Mark and Angie Faulks were second and Michael and Kim Moore were third.
The Hopkins County Junior Dairy Classic, what the Dairy Festival is all about, took place Saturday in the Civic Center Arena. Youngsters showed Brown Swiss, Holsteins and Jersey cows.
Still on the agenda for the Dairy Festival, the carnival arrives Wednesday and will run through Saturday. The 5K Milk Run is Saturday at 8 a.m. in Coleman Park. The Dairy Foods Contest is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office. Recipes are due for judging Monday or Tuesday. The Queen’s Pageant is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Auditorium.
By Don Julian, KSST News and Sports Director