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What a beautiful weekend we had for our Monterey Homecoming Fair. There were many people who came out and enjoyed socializing with old friends and family. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. My out-of-town guests made it down for the event.
Patty (Grace) Custer and her daughter, Leah, showed up Friday evening as we were all still in Monterey making sure everything was ready for Saturday’s events. Patty had the opportunity to visit with some of her old friends before the fair Saturday. I was so pleased that they got the chance to come down and glad they opted to stay with Lee and me. Kirby and two of his friends — Ryan and Justin — also came down Friday and were in town for the events Saturday.
This year’s fair started off with a wonderful parade, handled by Amanda Hammonds.
Next came the cake walks, organized by myself, my sister Evelyn and my best friend, Laurie Smith from Frankfort, who’s been coming down for years helping me and my family out with this event.
Then it was time for the games for kids of all ages, organized by Vanessa Wilhoite and Robin Gentry. Then came the cornhole tournaments handled by Noel and Charles True.
Then everyone began lining up for the “Famous New Burgoo” by Colby New with lots of help from friends and family. A lot of fun was had by all, not to mention earning some cash for our local community.
I’m not sure exactly sure how much money was brought in yet, but I do know we collected $540 for the cake walks.
A big thank-you goes out to all the locals and everyone who donated cookies, cakes and cobblers for our special event. Many cakes and brownies were donated in memory of our mom, Joyce Atha.
Several of the well-known cakes were later auctioned off and this was where we made most of the money. Lee started the bids off for one of Barbara New’s homemade carrot cakes with Angela Noel keeping the bids up right along with Lee. Angie finally stopped at $50 and Lee ended up with the carrot cake for $55. Then it was Charlie White and Ray Smith bidding against one another on Joyce Claxton’s homemade jam cake where Charlie ended up winning it for $115.
A few of us who were there till the end, went back to our house for awhile to give the bands a chance to set up their equipment at the firehouse for the evening dance.
As you have probably already heard by now, there was an incident were a young lady fell over the bank out in front of the firehouse. Many people came to her aid and before long they had her safely out and transported to the hospital. I heard Sunday she was at home and was going to be alright. That was a big relief. I will have to say that the Monterey volunteer firefighters and Owenton’s EMT service really did a great job of handling this.
Although I had a great time most of the day, after that incident, I was ready to go.
I’d also like to take this time to personally thank each and everyone for their part in helping to make this year’s Monterey Homecoming Fair a great success. I will continue to look forward to having these every other year.
On a sadder note, our community has suffered another loss. Horace Ray Luther passed away Friday evening and was laid to rest Monday. I, among others, worked with Horace Ray at Fruit of the Loom and will forever miss him. He was a very good man and will be loved and missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley, Martin Ray, Kevin and the rest of the McDonald and Luther families. May he rest in peace.
Until next time, please be safe and continue to keep all our sick in your thoughts and prayers.