The 2007 Clayton Fair was the second at Clayton. The Fair was transferred from Deer Park where it was held for many years. The Clayton Community is very happy with the move. Just to show there are no hard feelings, Deer Park girls are more than welcome
Tractors have always been the driving force for threshing machines.
Opening day of the 2007 Clayton Fair, August 24. As these 5 contestants await the judge's decision you can see Clayton in the background. The Fairground's Committee is putting together a top notch Fairgrounds. Lighted parade grounds for nightime competition. Steel horse pens, new steel buildings for for hogs, sheep and cattle. Plenty of space for outdoor displays and food and beverage booths. A large pavilion is planned for the future.
This young lady rides bareback as she prepares to enter the finals in her bracket. She said saddles were optional.
A well marked paint, pinto or piebald. A hopeful young lady about to go before the judges. As she moved on she tossed out a very heartfelt thank you. Little things like that tend to make your day.
The judges stand in the steel fence enclosed parade grounds and corrals.
Training a sheep or a hog has to be a challange.
Something old! The Clayton-Deer Park Historical Society booth enjoyed a good turnout at the Fair with many members greeting fairgoers.
Grace Hubal and Lorraine Ball setting up the Clayton-Deer Park Historical Society booth for a big Saturday crowd.
Warren Nord is shown here with Duane Costa getting aquainted with Rainy and Warren's Granddaughter Maygen.
Ellen and Jack Lewis working at the Grange Hall Booth
This photo by Marilyn Reilly shows the Judges stand from the business side as they veiw the contestants during competion.
A rare sight indeed. The President of The Clayton Deer Park Historical Society, Mr. Bill Sebright taking a break from his voluntary obligations with his wife Anni, center and her very dear friend Anne Bruner visiting from Alpha, Illinois. Bill is the driving force behind our successful Society and this Website you are currently enjoying. Thank you Bill for your guidance and patience.
Cliff Meyer with one of his many tractors pulling his baler.
This stationary thresher owned by Cliff Meyer has been a hit the last 2 years.
Come harvest time a binder cut and tied the grain in bundles and spit them out one after another. These bundles were then shocked, eight or so to the shock. When the thresher started up, bundle wagons hauled the bundles, pulled up along side the thresher, and workers used three tined forks to toss each bundle onto the carrier. The threshing machine separate the kernals from the chaff.
The Blue Ribbon Grand Champion in her division is Miss Amelia Bast.
Another contestant prepares for the blue ribbon competition.
"When the Saints go marching in" was one of the songs entertaining an enthusiastic crowd.
A straight back, full hind quarters and strong breed characteristics are essential.
As usual the Clayton Grange fed a great many at the Clayton Fairgrounds. They also treated many children at no charge.
Loren Lentz talks farming with a John Deere owner.
Many small antique engines were on display at the Clayton Fair.
This photo by Marilyn Reilly shows the rodeo/parade grounds with the fair buildings in the background.
Fay and Marilyn Reilly have owned the Deer Park Auto Freight since the late 60s. Marilyn still finds time to scurry from one event to the next and has a vast knowledge of the area from Loon Lake, her hometown, to Deer Park. We also thank these two for their contributions to our community.
Cliff Meyer on his practically new looking old Farmall "H". He's lining up the belt to run his stationary thresher.
This is one old Ford 661 Workmaster tractor set up for cutting cord wood. Many a young boy made spending money throwing wood away from this saw. The 4 foot cord wood logs were cut to16 inch blocks. A saw like this would drive OSHA right up the wall nowadays.
The sun has set on another year of celebrating our heritage. But as they say, "Wait till next Year".