Fair President Melissa Primes Dottolo greeted the visitors and introduced the pageant winners, and the Covington High Jr. ROTC Color Guard presented the flag while the Slidell High Band played the National Anthem.
Dennis Glass introduced officials on the stage, including John Keller, Mandeville city councilman; School Board members Beth Heintz, Jack Loup, and C. Brandon Harrell, La. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, Clerk of Court Melissa Henry; Parish President Pat Brister; Schools Superintendent Trey Folse, and Sheriff Randy Smith.
This year's fair was dedicated to A.J. Willie. Suzanne King produced the fair poster again this year, this one depicting barrel racing competition at the Fair Rodeo. Framed posters were given to a number of dignitaries.
Shirley Primes spoke about the need for volunteers at the fair and also introduced Curt Sprang, this year's Parade Marshal. Tommy Peters gave a brief overview of what the fair had to offer and invited visitors to enjoy themselves over the next three days.
Rodeo Queen Contestants
On Stage Dignitaries
Suzanne King, Poster Artist
Longtime Parish Fair leader Frances Barker visiting the Lee Road Junior High educational exhibit booth at the fair.
Parish Fair Photo Album on Facebook