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All’s fair in Rutledge

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By Reann Huber

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The City of Rutledge held its 33rd annual Rutledge Country Fair this past weekend that showcased an old vintage car parade with tractors, different competitions for everyone, as well as a wide selection of merchants and vendors.

There was a great turnout for this fair and everyone clearly enjoyed what was offered to them through the Rutledge community.

“I spoke to a lot of people at the events and everyone was just thrilled with what we presented this year,” said Fair Director Terry Reeves.

Among the popular events were the beach themed golf cart decorating competition, which the winner went to Denise Crowley, and Rutledge Idol, who Jessica New was the winner. Reeves ensured that Rutledge Idol would be returning next year.

Another event was the Mr. Rutledge and Little Miss Rutledge competition, which Dewey Richardson, a Rutledge native, took the crown for Mr. Rutledge, and Bella Long was crowned Little Miss Rutledge.

The Caboose restaurant in Rutledge celebrated its 20th birthday as well and shared free cake and ice cream with the community. “It was a great turnout,” said Ed Hogan, owner of The Caboose. “One of the best fairs we’ve ever had.”

People also got to enjoy live performances from almost all Morgan County musicians, including MaCayla Cook, Horace Reeves, The Madisonaires, and Tim Saye, and a Chattanooga performer, Coley (Nicole Jones).

Reeves wanted to make sure there was something for everyone and that people were entertained all throughout the day, and all those who put it together did a great job of ensuring that.

“We’re very proud of the City of Rutledge, of the country fair, the merchants, and everyone who had a hand in making this happen,” said Reeves.

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