DENTON — Pouring rain, bolts of lightning and crashing thunder could not stop the Caroline-Dorchester County Fair’s annual royal pageant Wednesday, Aug. 7.
As the storm moved out and the skies cleared, Elizabeth Ross was crowned queen, Skylar Blunt princess and Gwendolyn Davis little princess.
Ross, 18, of Greensboro, is the daughter of Richard and Sarah Ross, and a recent graduate of North Caroline High School.
Ross said she is heading to Unity College in Maine this fall, to major in conservation law enforcement and minor in wildlife biology.
Ross participated in her high school’s Future Farmers of America chapter for three years, serving as president her senior year.
She said she competed for the fair queen title as another way to continue to advocate for agriculture.
With the queen title wrapped up, Ross was preparing to compete again at the fair Thursday, Aug. 8, in the goat and pig shows. She won grand champion showman in the goat show at the fair in 2017.
Ross said she established her own dairy goat business, Eastern Shore Goats, on her family’s farm.
In the talent portion of the princess contest, Blunt sang “Champion;” her competitor, Abigail Jarrell, played the ukulele while singing “Hey, Soul Sister.”
In the same portion of the little princess contest, Davis played “A Whole New World” on the piano, while her competitor, Chloe Saulsbury, sang “Over the Rainbow.”
The fair, at the Caroline County 4-H Park, 8230 Detour Road near Denton, continues through Saturday, Aug. 10.
Among the fair highlights Friday, Aug. 9, are the beef show at 10 a.m., followed immediately by the Elite Premier livestock handling showcase and, at 3 p.m., the horse speed event.
The petting zoo and video gaming area opens at 4 p.m. A dress-a-goat contest will be held at 6 p.m. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. Magician John Dodge is scheduled to perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s dinner will be pit beef from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The greased pig contest begins at 7 p.m. Mike Hines is scheduled to perform from 7 to 10 p.m. The Fish Mobile from Phillips Wharf will be at the fair from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10, begins with the horse and rabbit shows, each starting at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., the petting zoo and food concessions open; the baby contest will be held at 11 a.m.
Jousting will be held from noon to 3 p.m., the kids’ pedal tractor pull contest will be held at 1 p.m. and the watermelon eating contest at 2 p.m. The pet show will be held at 3 p.m. The Fish Mobile from Phillips Wharf will be at the fair from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday’s dinner will be chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m.
The fair culminates with the livestock auction at 6 p.m. Saturday. Saturday’s entertainment will be Randall Butler at 5 p.m. and Harrison Doyle from 7 to 10 p.m.