Sunny and Warm Weather Bring out Crowds for Holly Gateway Fair

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“A Family Tradition”, the theme for this year’s Holly Gateway Fair this past weekend, was in evidence by the turnout for activities.

The main events of this past Friday and Saturday were well attended in Holly, whether folks viewed the agricultural exhibits at the old Gym, the fairgrounds and racetrack for the horse races and tractor pull, or out to a stop at the western ball field to sample some chuckwagon Dutch Oven cooking.

Once the Saturday parade ended, fair-goers went their separate ways, viewing the displays and exhibits they were most interested in, or just sat outside the Old Gym for a few minutes, chatting with friends and neighbors about local news.

Several entries for the Dutch Oven Cook-off brought in some visitors either interested in some of the authentic ways to cook in the open air, or they just may have followed their noses to sample some stroganoff, a Mexican casserole, pot roast or even a cake, cooked in a cast iron pan using charcoal for the heat source. A tasty lemon syrup topping was bubbling in the next pot. The Dorenkamp’s familiar chuckwagon also drew some visitors, interested in what was on the menu for the afternoon.

For those patrons who still had an appetite on Saturday, the annual beef bbq at the fairgrounds sale barn was a satisfying event. That was followed by the Open Bucket Calf Show, the Ron Crum Memorial presentation and the 6:30pm Market Animal Sale. The evening was topped by the street dance at 9pm, featuring the DJ, Manny Vazquez. A second day of racing competition was set for Sunday afternoon.

Second Annual Holly Fair Dutch Oven Cook-Off Results:

We had six entries this year.

Kent Anderson – 1st with Mexican Casserole
Elaine Anderson – 2nd with Beef Stroganoff
Chad Hart – 3rd with Chicken Cordon Bleu in Wine Sauce
Norma Dorenkamp – 4th & 5th with Wagon Wheel Special
Marty Campbell – 4th & 5th with Kraut Philtus
Dean Melton – 6th with Rustic Beef Caldo

Lodge Manufacturing provided gifts for the winners this year.   Marty Campbell won the drawing for the Lodge Dutch Oven.

(Editor:  Thanks to Tara Neugebauer, Holly Gateway Fair, for providing these results)

By Russ Baldwin

 

 

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