The State Fair is going great this year. The weather has been wonderful and the crowds have really enjoyed the BIG Truck. Kids of all ages can’t resist Neal Allen’s pulling truck, Red Rock. It will take him a week to wipe all the finger prints and drool from the truck! I’ve even seen them stroke the tires! Frank Mudd’s Giant Watermelon is also at the booth. At 144 pounds, the watermelon is still the star of the South Wing. I would not regret stating that this watermelon is the most photographed item at the fair. The first prize went to his watermelon in the Fruits and Vegetable section in the West wing, which weighed 217.4 pounds. In 2012, the melon we had in the booth was 244 pounds, the winner was 267. That is 100 pounds more than the one we have this year… that is amazing! Frank said the cool nights have been a problem for growing this year. They love the hot nights of summer, and why not, a cool slice of watermelon is the very essence of summer time in the south!
I want to say a special thanks to all our volunteers this week: Tim Gossett, Gary Chapman, Daryl & Joyce Durbin, Steven Barr, Charlotte Shephard, Mary Ann Vowels, Sue Lancaster, Ronnie and Flo Joyner, the Hecht Family, Deb Masterson and Cameron, Joe & Norma Bartley, Bruce and Connie Fackler, Chris Cottrell, Terry Mitchell, Bridgette Powers, Donna Brown, Patsy Lusk, Maggie Love, Gerry & Fran Fischer, Neal Allen, Andrew Ford, Bennet Davis & Marci Bullock, Harry and Marilyn Craycroft, Ray Cottrell Jr., Gerry and Nancye Lynn, Regina Foushee, and Melissa Mudd. Jail House Pizza sent t-shirts to give away which were an enormous hit. Thanks to all! We have the best Pride of the Counties booth at the State Fair, and our volunteers are the reason! Your commitment to answer the thousands of questions and greet each with smiles and friendliness is wonderful.