HEFLIN — Sunny skies greeted the thousands of people who poured into the Cleburne County fair on Saturday at its new location at the 205 Exit along Interstate 20.
The 6th annual fair — sponsored by the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce — had the feel of a old time country fair and included midway rides, music, vendors and a rodeo.
Reese Williamson, 10, attended the fair to compete in the chick chain, which was a live auction of chickens raised by 4-H members.
“A chick chain is where you’re given 10 chickens and then you have to raise them and make sure all of them survive. So then when you get here you can show them and auction off two; and then you get to keep the rest of them,” Williamson said.
Williamson’s mom, Mindy Martin, was one of about 100 vendors at the fair. Martin was selling clothing and home decor and really liked the new location that the fair chose.
“I think it’s a big success. I love the new location. It seems like everything is very spread out and easy to get to and just lots of variety,” Martin said.
On one end of the fair screams could be heard from people riding the midway rides.
The other end of the fair was the main stage and in between were all the vendors plus the rodeo corral.
A steady breeze carried scents of funnel cakes, hamburgers, polish sausage and cajun peanuts.
Shannon Ledbetter had brought her daughter and said the fair was amazing.
“I do like the location better because it just seems like there’s more room here for different activities; there wasn't this many festivities last year,” Ledbetter said.
Heflin Taekwondo, a Heflin martial arts school, was one of many organizations putting on demonstrations.
The school had a tent set up and grilled cheese donuts were being cooked up to raise money for future trips for the school.
Cheaha State Park had a tent and naturalist Mandy Pearson was showing off various animals to kids including a box turtle, a snake and a curly haired tarantula, which she let crawl all over her hands.
Katilyn Gardner, 11, was sipping on a pineapple passion drink, which used a pineapple as the container for the frothy beverage. Gardner was there to perform with the Cheaha Cheer and Tumble group form Oxford.
Gardner’s mom, Jennifer, was pleased with the fair and its new location.
“It’s great. I mean it’s a great opportunity for people to come and enjoy the atmosphere and get some carnival food,” Gardner said.