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Mark Twain Old Threshers in Paris provided Aaralynn Willard, daughter of Amy and Richard Willard of Monroe City, a fun filled weekend.

The Fiftieth Annual Mark Twain Old Threshers’ Show was held on July 11-14, at the Paris Fairgrounds. On Friday evening, the show included a Baby Show for the evenings event. Contestants met under the big white tent for parents to show off their youngster’s character and personality. It was open to all babies and they did not have to be Monroe County residents with 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 13-18 months, 19-24 months, 25-35 months, an Overall Grand Champion and Lil’ Mr. and Miss Contest ages 3-5-year-old divisions.

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Winners of the Baby Show contest were: Boys 0-6 months left to right: First Place: Jack Ketchum, son of Lance and Meredith Ketchum, Second Place: Noah Bartels, being held by Beverly Bartels, son of Drew and Bre Bartels, Third Place: Woods Pugh, son of Laramy and Jody Pugh; Girls 0-6 months left to right: First Place: Hadlea Porter, daughter of Jordan Porter and Danica Vaughn, Second Place: Kayonna Reynolds, daughter of Tawney Brewer, Third Place: M. L. Chase, daughter of Brian and Jessica Chase; Boys 7-12 months left to right: First Place: Kohen Knight, son of Scott and Charlene Knight, Second Place: Kais Mohammad, son of Kamran and Jessica Mohammad, tied for Third Place: Hayes Kendrick, son of Lee and Brooks Kendrick, tied for Third Place: Jace Berrey son of Justin Berrey and Jessica Wilkins; Girls 7-12 months left to right: First Place: Kinsley Langerud, daughter of Robyn North, Second Place: Blair Clayton, daughter of Brian and Heather Clayton, tied for Third Place: Keagan Lowe, daughter of Autumn Gessman, tied for Third Place: Harper Walker, daughter of Cindy Kohler and David Walker; Boys 13-18 months: First Place: Jaymes Cranmer, son of Autumn Fugate and being held by Grant VanBoening; Girls 13-18 months left to right: First Place:  Leelah Bran, daughter of Jason Bran and Aliyah Kuda, Second Place: Remi Smith, daughter of Kenny Smith and Cheryl Johnston, Third Place: Olivia McGlasson, daughter of Matthew and Isabelle McGlasson; Girls 19-24 months left to right: First Place: Westlyn Pool, daughter of Whitney and Forest Pool, Second Place:  Emily DeOrnellas, daughter of Justin and Kristy DeOrnellas, tied for Third Place: Avery Skirvin, daughter of Hoss and Stacey Skirvin, tied for Third Place:  Albany Rippeto, daughter of Lauren Rippeto; Boys 25-35 months left to right: First Place: Greyson Powell, son of Brian and Shelly Powell, Second Place: Kolten James, son of Ryan and Brittany James; Girls 25-35 months: First Place: Mikal Jo Wilkerson, daughter of Alan and Johanna Wilkerson, Second Place: Kaia and Kylie Lehenbaur, daughters of Bob and Amanda Lehenbaur, tied for Third Place: Josie Mae Hobbs, daughter of John Hobbs and Hannah Davis, tied for Third Place: Gracie Bartels, daughter of Justin and Krissy Bartels; Overall Grand Champion: Leelah Bran, daughter of Jason Bran and Aliyah Kuda; LIL’ MR  3-5 years old: Gentry Powell, son of Shelly and Brian Powell; LIL’ MISS 3-5 years old: Alena Mozingo, daughter of Sam and Casey Mozingo. See page 8 for pictures.

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The show also featured International Harvesters and Farmall, but all makes and models were welcome. This year the show will be hosting the Missouri International Harvester Club-Chapter Number One.

There was a Flea Market, Conservation Exhibits, Rope Making, Antique Farming Operations, Early Day Gas Engines and Farm Tractors, and Saw and Shingle Mill Operations.

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The Fish Fry brought a big crowd on Friday. The fish was cooked by the Madison West Monroe Fire Protection District and complimented by several in attendance.

Boys and Girls Divisions are:

Later in the evening, the Miniature Draft/Pony Pull was a popular event with all ages. While the adults enjoyed watching the small pony’s pull the weight, the children loved to pet the miniature horses putting several smiles on the little ones faces.

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On Friday and Saturday evening, several show goers enjoyed live entertainment with band The Ridge Runners Band. Earlier in the day on Saturday, the public enjoyed a parade and the Jack Beamer Memorial Antique Car and Truck Show. In the afternoon, there was a Garden Tractor Pull, followed by an Antique Classic Tractor Pull. The evening filled the stands with the Professional Draft Horse Pull.

During the entire weekend show, no one went hungry if they visited the Mark Twain Old Threshers’ Food Booth which served Brisket and BBQ pork steak meals, hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, and walking tacos, along with cold drinks.

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A $5 Admission Button was good for all shows and events. 12 years and under was admitted free with an adult. 16 and Under must have parental supervision. Program Books will be available.

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