The Whitmore Mountain Fair just keeps getting bigger and better each year, and 2012 was no exception. The parade had over 25 entries, and 40-plus arts and crafts vendors set up shop under the tall trees on the grounds owned by Chuck and Melissa Brehmer, who donate their use for the event. Each year brings new activities for fair-goers enjoyment, and this year saw the addition of a poker run for bikers; a massage booth offering free hand and foot massages, courtesy of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a dunk tank run by the Grace Baptist Church.
Judges for the parade were Corey Weir, Art Tillis and Lou Pelletier; the announcer was Paul Burnham, who also sang the National Anthem. The parade winners are: Vehicle Entries: First Place–1923 Ford Model T Roadster owned by Earl and Joan Wetmore of Oak Run; Second Place 1948 Dodge owned by Kathy Li; Walking Entries: The Heneveld Family’s “Hollywood Hillbillies” including Batman, Tinkerbell, Tigger, a Jedi Knight,Alice in Wonderland and Boba Felt; Second Place—Whitmore 4-H Club; Animal Entries: Daniel with “Avy, the “Old Mail Lady” pygmy goat; Second Place–“Outlaw,” a miniature horse owned by Kathy Martin anddriven by Karen Hart;” Float Entries: Whitmore School kids, who performed “A Salute to the 20th Century in Song;” Second Place—Bob Mark’s “Hee Haw” float, with riders Steve and Chelsea, and Erin with the dogs Mocha and Winter.
The Car Show winners who each received a one of a kind trophy created by Jimmy and Ronnie of Damper Dudes were: Best Car: Carl Turner, Best Truck: Mike Wiley, Best Bike: Vicki Wilkinson, and Kids’ Choice Award: Viki Wilkinson. Other Mountain Fair winners are: Emily Nicora, first place in the “Whitmore Beauty” photography contest judged by professional photographer Mike Eichweld; Poker Run People’s Choice Award: Sue Cole; Horseshoe Tournament Winner: Dave Dimomd; Whitmore School firewood raffle winner: Shirley Barry; and 50/50 Raffle winner: Mr. Washburn.