Pageantry kicks off 71st Gasconade County Fair

Dave Marner

Members of the Fran Jost and Ivan Schaeperkoetter families will be recognized next Wednesday during the opening ceremony for the 71st Gasconade County Fair.

Fran Jost, her son Don and his wife, Suzie, and the late Ivan Schaeperkoetter’s descendents are the 2018 recipients of the Gasconade County Fair Association’s Outstanding Community Service Award. 

These two families who have supported the fair will be recognized during the ceremony scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. July 25 on the main stage located on Memorial Field at Owensville’s Memorial Park. A flag-raising ceremony conducted by VFW Post No. 6133 of Owensville will open the festivities for this year’s fair which has the theme “Proud of the Past; Poised for the Future.”

Immediately following the opening ceremony, contestants for the title of Little Mr. and Miss Gasconade County take the stage for their pageant. Children will have been interviewed by a panel of judges from outside the community prior to the on-stage portion of the contest. The children in the contest are pictured this week on page 7.

Following the children’s pageant, this year’s fair will crown its 25th queen.

Queen contestants are scheduled to present their talent segment of the scholarship competition before judges at 4 p.m. next Wednesday (July 25) in the upper (front) dining room at Gasconade Manor. That presentation is open to the public. Queen contestants will be interviewed by judges at 1 p.m. that day. Those interviews will be closed to the public.

At 5 p.m. on Monday, July 23, queen contestants will present their talent demonstrations in a rehearsal at Gasconade Manor which will be open to the public. Tessa Eldringhoff of Hermann is the retiring queen.

Also on Wednesday during the opening ceremony, Eldringhoff will be among four county residents who will be presented with Gasconade County Fair Scholarships. Also receiving scholarships from the Fair Association are Owensville area residents Adrienne Aubuchon and Josie Miller, and Sabryn Englert of Hermann. The 71st version of the fair runs through Saturday, July 28.