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Ribbons and tiaras handed out at fair

The 2014 North Texas Fair and Rodeo drew a record number of attendees this year, and the fair’s annual parade through central Denton saw even more entries this year.

The nine-day fair wrapped up Saturday, drawing more than 162,000 attendees.

For the Aug. 16 parade, participants were judged in five categories: Riding Clubs, Commercial, Youth, Classic Car and Best Overall Float. First-place winners were Lewisville Saddle Club, Sonic, Boy Scouts Pack 696 and John Lassiter with his ’57 Chevy Truck. C Bar T took home the Best Overall Float title.

This year’s Summer Showdown barbecue cook-off involved some of the most interesting group names in Texas barbecue, including Red Neck Deer Camp, Intimidators and Smokin’ on a Budget. Contestants faced off in three different categories: brisket, chicken and ribs.

First-place winners were as follows: Woody Woodson BBQ, Colton Hill of Red Neck Deer Camp and Russell Wilson of It Ain’t Prime.

The Mutton Bustin’ contest saw contestants competing throughout the week, but a girl from Oklahoma took home first prize Saturday. Brennan Polito of Marietta, Oklahoma, won first place, followed by Michael Wilkinson of Sanger in second. Another Sanger resident, Kooper Rhodes, took home the third-place ribbon.

The fair’s annual photo contest results list several first-place winners in a number of categories, including Nanci Kimmey, Humor Color; Kaylee Bragg, Children 9-13; Thomas Kilpatrick, Children 9-13; Kathleen McKailek, Humor Color; and Joanna Wills, Animals Color.

Being named as one of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo Royalty is probably one of the most sought-after titles by young cowgirls, but this year’s event saw only five girls competing, which left three of the four categories unchallenged.

“Apparently, other contests were having the same issue,” said Gayla Bolin, organizer for the Rodeo Royalty pageant. “It goes in cycles, they say.”

This year’s Junior Rodeo Princess is Kaycee Jo Clark of Saint Jo. Rodeo Princess is Jena Sparks of Denton, and Rodeo Teen Queen is Kendall Pearse of Valley View. Samantha Tippit of Argyle was crowned Rodeo Queen.

This year’s Miss North Texas Fair and Rodeo is Sara Covert, and Cheyenne Ketron is Miss Teen North Texas Fair and Rodeo.

— Christian McPhate