Edgar Springs Prairie Days

Photo by Elijah Hamilton
The winners of Edgar Prairie Days’ Little Miss and Mister Pageant from left: Wyatt White, Abbey Crossgrove, Ella Mathis, Landyn Thompson, Teegan Jones and Connor Simpson.
By Scott Hamilton
The city of Edgar Springs held its annual Prairie Days celebration on August 22-25. The celebration included something for everyone, though the cool weather and overcast skies seemed to keep the crowd sparse for a majority of the events. The theme of the event this year was Nifty in the Fifties.
The event kicked off August 22 with a gospel singing, held at the Firehouse due to the threat of inclement weather.

Friday evening activities began with the Little Mr. and Miss Pageant in the school gym. This year in the age 2-5 category there were only two girls participating: two-year-old Teegan Jones performed “Baby Shark” and Avigail Guynn, age 3, performed “Old Town Road.” In the 2-5 category, Teegan Jones was named Little Miss Edgar Springs, and Connor Simpson, age 7 was awarded Little Mister (there were no boys in the category; as the youngest candidate in the next category, he was moved down to the younger group). In the 6-10 age group, participants included Ella Mathis, age 7; Landyn Thompson, age 10; Abbey Crossgrove, age 9; Addey Riveland, age 6 and Connor Simpson, age 7. In this category, Little Miss Edgar Springs was Ella Mathis and Little Mister was Landyn Thompson. Wyatt White was the only participant in the 11-14 category and received the crown for Little Mister. Abbey Crossgrove was the oldest contestant in the 6-10 category so was moved up to the older category and was named Little Miss Edgar Springs. The pageant was sponsored this year by Investment Realty, Edward Jones Investments, Roeder Restoration, Final Sweep, Al West Collision, Walmart Distribution and Dollar General.
Photo by Elijah Hamilton
No Missouri event is complete without a rodeo.

The festivities continued with a rodeo featuring local riders at the Saddle Club Arena. A majority of the activities were for the local kids, with mutton busting, steer riding, and bucking ponies. These were followed by several adult contestant members of the American Family Rodeo Association.

Photo by Elijah Hamilton
George Humphrey and the Big River Band performed Friday Night.
The evening ended with a concert and Kickin’ Country Dance at the Lions Club pavilion. George Humphrey and the Big River Band performed, and a good time was had by all.
Photo by Scott Hamilton
Vendors shared their wares along Broadway in Edgar Springs.

Saturday morning featured a street fair with vendors from the surrounding area and the annual parade. The candy flowed freely from the many cars, tractors, four-wheelers, and horseback riders in the parade. The only float this year was the Little Miss and Mr. Edgar Prairie Days.
Photo by Scott Hamilton
The parade’s Grand Marshall this year was Clara Mae Black.
Following the parade were local tractor games, anyone was welcome to participate. Tractors were provided by local farmers and participants that had never driven a tractor were allowed to participate. Among the games were both backing and pushing a hay wagon through cones, biting a hotdog from the tractor seat, and even backhoe games. It was exciting to both watch and participate. Some of the backhoe skills were very impressive, as rings were placed over cones and an egg was picked up with a large spoon attached to the bucket.
Photo by Obadiah Hamilton
Scott Hamilton represented The Licking News
as he attempted to compete in the Tractor Games
Saturday afternoon entertainment included belly dancing performed by the Ozark Mountain Gypsies from Red Moon Studios in Willard. The Newlywed Game made a return this year also, and the evening finished with the annual street dance, with a DJ playing the tunes. Intermittent raindrops caused a few to fold up their chairs and head for cover, but many stayed and enjoyed the evening.
The Sunday festivities kicked off with a barbeque lunch and cornhole tournament at the Lions Club grounds. No festival is complete without showing off local talent. The Aerial Swing Dance Club from Missouri S&T performed. They were immediately followed by The Shamrock Irish Dancers from Rolla. The cornhole tournament outlasted the dancers, going well into the afternoon.
Whether people participated in events or just watched, visited with friends and neighbors, shopped the vendors, or ate the fair-style food, it was noticeable in their smiles that they had fun. This made the event a success.
The City of Edgar would like to thank everyone who came to the events and supported Prairie Days. Special thanks to the following people for their tireless effort; without them Prairie Days would not be possible. If you happen to see one of these amazing people, please let them know you appreciate them. Crystal White, Winter Raybun, Gayle Coverdell, Ernie Coverdell, Carol Dunham, John Studdard, Barb Studdard, Hannah Edgar, Taylor Raybun, Mayor Gallion, Brian Lucas, Sara Lucas, Sierra Coverdell, Ronda Payne, Jami Davidson-Reppond, Curt Reppond, Billy Curtis, Stacy Romines, Mary Ann Brinkley, Kimmie Porter, Whopper Porter. Sam Newman, Regina Hoss, Dan Sanford, Stacey Sanford, KJ Fluhrer, Dean Gately and the cook shack crew, and all the others who pitched in and made this a success.



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