Saline County BBQ: Music, food and fair queens: 2011 BBQ deemed a 'grand slam'
"When it comes to baseball, a homerun is a big deal. This right here's a grand slam."
That's how Saline County Fair Association Board President Sam Igo characterized the 2011 Saline County BBQ Saturday, June 4, giving credit to organizers Shelly Walter, Jody Malan, Jill Harriman Lilleman and Kindal Carney.
Proceeds from the annual fundraiser go to premiums paid to 4-H and FFA students who show animals and projects at the Saline County Fair.
"These 4-H and FFA kids are the future of our county and our state and our country," Igo said to the crowd gathered on the courthouse lawn. "Thank you for supporting them."
At the end of the night, Lilleman took a moment to reflect on the event, which included a mix of traditional elements and new features.
"I think so far we have done better than we expected, so I am very pleased," she said. "I think the princesses did nothing but add to it. The attractions did nothing but add to it."
She referred to the new fair princess contest, which attracted 52 contestants, and new activites, including carriage rides, trackless train rides and bounce houses.
The event also included elements the community expects, including plenty of food, a talent show and the fair queen contests.
Kaleigh Summers of Slater, Saline County's 2010 senior fair queen, bequeathed her reign to 2011 Senior Fair Queen Sandy Patel of Marshall.
Patel, 18, daughter of Dilip and Parul Patel of Marshall, attends Marshall High School and is a member of Marshall FFA Chapter.
Mikalah Vogelsmeier of Sweet Springs was crowned the 2011 junior fair queen, taking over for 2010 Junior Queen Taylor Loges, also of Sweet Springs.
First runner-up in the senior queen contest was Kelsey Danielle Forqueran, 18, daughter of Jamie and Doreena Forqueran of Malta Bend. She attends Malta Bend High School and is a member of Union 4-H and Malta Bend FFA Chapter.
Second runner-up was Hope Destiny Heaper, 17, daughter of Rodney and Sherrie Heaper of Sweet Springs. She attends Sweet Springs R-7 and is a member of Kennedy 4-H and Sweet Springs FFA.
First runner-up in the junior queen contest was Maggie Hoffelmeyer, 16, daughter of Julie Hoffelmeyer and the late Chris Hoffelmeyer of Marshall. She attends Marshall High School.
Second runner-up was Bethany Garland Miller, 16, daughter of Joe and Julie Miller of Marshall. She attends Marshall High School and is a member of Union 4-H and Marshall FFA.
The presentation of sashes, flowers and tiaras marked the culmination of a hot day filled with food and fun on the Marshall square.
And for the first time, a fair princess contest was held. The response was so great organizers chose to divide the 52 contestants into four categories -- pixie princess for 4 year olds, sugar plum princess for 5 year olds, fairy princess for 6 year olds and royal princess for 7 year olds.
Two runners-up and a winner were named in each category.
The 2011 Royal Fair Princess is Sydney Maria Oligschlaeger, 7, daughter of Kevin and Erin Oligschlaeger and Michelle Gonzalez of Nelson. She attends Benton Elementary School.
Named first runner-up in the royal fair princess category was Jada Rae Lance, 7, daughter of Chad and Ellen Lance of Marshall. She attends Benton Elementary School.
Second runner-up was Averi Vallene Coleman, 7, daughter of Bucky and Erica Coleman of Marshall. She attends Benton Elementary School and is a member of Bizy Beavers 4-H Club.
The 2011 Fairy Fair Princess is Karsyn Fuchs, 6, daughter of Robbie and Miranda Fuchs of Marshall. She attends Southeast Elementary School.
Named first runner-up in the fairy fair princess contest was Jayci Austin Wylie-Hall, 5, daughter of Nathan and Heather Trelow of Marshall. She attends Malta Bend Elementary.
Second runner-up was Allyson Gabrielle Judy, 5, daughter of Myles and Italee Judy of Marshall.
The 2011 Sugar Plum Fair Princess is Tanley Gene Grimes, 5, daughter of Ryan and Mindee Grimes of Gilliam. She attends Gilliam C-4 and is a member of Orearville 4-H Clover Kids.
Named first runner-up in the sugar plum fair princess contest was Mya Lee, 4, daughter of Daniel and Tiffany Allen of Marshall. She attends Janie's Daycare.
Second runner-up was Pyper Madelyne Wohlgemuth, 5, daughter of Jammie and Terry Wohlgemuth of Marshall. She attends Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center.
The 2011 Pixie Fair Princess is Ember Mackey, 4, daughter of Marvin and Annie Mackey of Marshall.
Named first runner-up in the pixie fair princess contest was Mimi Elizabeth Sherman, 4, daughter of Randy and Peggy Sherman of Marshall. She attends St. Peter Catholic School.
Second runner-up was Haylee Lent, 4, daughter of Benjamin and Mindy Lent of Marshall. She attends St. Peter Catholic School.
Bizy Beaver 4-H Club won $50 from the Saline County Cattlemen Association for selling the most tickets as an organization, and Dane and Gane Branson won $50 from the Saline County Pork Producers for top individual ticket sellers.
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Introducing the 2011 senior fair queen candidates
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Introducing the 2011 county fair princess candidates