TEMPLE HILL — Many dads and grandpas held on to babies and toddlers while their wives registered the children in the various pageants that took place Tuesday night during the Barren County Fair.
Among them was Mike Holbrook of Cookeville, Tennessee. He held his 20-month-old granddaughter, Annastasia Lawson of Tompkinsville, while his wife, Kim, registered the toddler for competition in the Baby and Toddler Pageant.
The Holbrooks are no strangers to the pageant scene. Their daughter used to compete.
“My daughter, Myra Holbrook, used to do pageants all the time so this is my first grandbaby and it's a girl so I'm hoping we get to continue,” Kim Holbrook said.
It was the first time Annastasia Lawson had competed at the Barren County Fair.
“She won Clay County's Fair last year and she got second place in Monroe County's Fair last year,” Kim Holbrook said.
Some toddlers shy away from walking out on stage in front of an audience.
“She does OK. She's a very quiet kid so seeing all these people really entertains her, so hopefully she'll do OK,” Kim Holbrook said.
The Baby and Toddler Pageant is for infant girls and boys up to 35 months of age.
It was not the only pageant that was part of the fair Tuesday night.
The Tiny Miss and Mister Pageant, which is for children who are 3 and 4 years old, the Little Miss and Mister Pageant, which is for children ranging in age from 5 to 7, also took place.
Teresa Bewley of Glasgow came to the fair Tuesday night to support her grandchildren, who were competing in various pageants.
“We have six grandkids under (the age of) nine,” she said.
Some of her grandchildren have competed in the fair in the past.
Helping to make sure everything went smoothly during the registration was Lauren Barrett of Glasgow.
She answered questions and provided directions for those who needed them before the start of the pageants.
Barrett, 20, is a member of the Temple Hill Lions Club, which sponsors the Barren County Fair, and she is a member of the Barren County Fair Board.
She has co-directed the children's pageants with her mother, Jennifer Bailey, for four years and on Tuesday night she was also emcee of the pageants.
Barrett has always loved the Barren County Fair.
“Some of my fondest memories are here. My whole family works all week and all my friends I've grown up with are here,” she said.
Barrett enjoys the pageants that are for teenagers and older contestants.
“Those are the winners we pick to represent us at state, so that's a little bit more competitive, and we're getting to pick out who is going to represent Barren County for the next year,” she said. “That's fun for me.”
She also likes the dairy cattle show, because she lives on a dairy farm.
But this year, her favorite part of the fair will most likely be the demolition derby.
William Myatt, fair manager, said in an earlier story that this is the first time in the history of the fair for there to be a demolition derby.
“I'm really excited about that,” Barrett said.
Barrett is not driving in the demolition derby.
“But it's on my bucket list," she said.
The fair continues through Saturday with a variety of activities, plus carnival rides. For more information about the fair, go to www.barrencountyfair.com.