Annual parade kicks off fair week in Saline County

Many Saline County residents lined the streets in Downtown Benton on Tuesday evening to watch the annual county fair parade.
"Dancing Till the Cows Come Home" was the theme of the event that was emphasized in floats and other units. That is also the theme of the overall fair that opened Tuesday and will continue through Saturday night.
Eighty entries participated, according to Tom Wallace, a representative of the Saline County Fair Association.
Winners were selected among the float and antique/classic car entries.
Titans cheerleaders won the top honor in the float division, Wallace said. Coming in second was the Mini-Miners dance team and the Future Cardinals unit placed third.
The float winners received cash prizes — $100, $75 and $50, respectively.
In the car division, a 1950 green Chevrolet Deluxe was chosen as the top entry. That vehicle was entered by Tommie Quinn of Benton.
Coming in second were Bill and Peggy Newsam with their pink 1960 Cadillac.
The third-place entry was a 1955 Buick entered by Jack Ramsey of Benton.
Trophies were awarded to all of the car entrants, Wallace said.
Although the parade itself appeared to go off without any problems, it did so in the absence of its grand marshal and junior grand marshal.
Nanette Webb, who was to serve as grand marshal, was involved in a vehicle accident earlier in the afternoon on Edison Avenue. Although her injuries were not believed to be serious, she was hospitalized overnight for observation, Wallace said.
Her granddaughter, Autumn Blake, who had been slated as the junior grand marshal, also did not participate.
In the meantime, the fair activities are taking place today through Saturday.
Armband nights are scheduled Thursday and Saturday for a cost of $18 each. For that amount an individual receives unlimited rides.
H & H Rodeo will be presenting shows Friday and Saturday nights at the fairgrounds arena. The shows begin at 8 p.m.
Preceding the rodeo performances is "mutton bustin'" at 7:30 p.m. Entries will be taken beginning at 7 p.m. Only 10 will be allowed each evening.