2021 Square Fair Story, Pictures

Overflow crowd enjoys Square Fair,

Homecoming activities Sept. 24-25

An overflow crowd of visitors and home folks jammed the streets of downtown Frankston Saturday, Sept. 25 for the the 45th Frankston Square Fair which followed the Homecoming football game between the Frankston High School Indians and the Big Sandy Wildcats at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium Friday night, Sept. 24.

Prior to the football game, before a huge crowd on the home side of the stadium, senior Kaitlyn Matthews was crowned Homecoming Queen and senior Collin Deupree was crowned Homecoming King.

FHS ROYALTY — The 2021 Frankston Homecoming King and Queen crowned were Collin Deupree and Kaitlyn Matthews.

 — FISD Courtesy Photo

On Saturday, the Town Square City Park was covered with booths manned by organizations offering food, crafts and other products and services. Square Fair Coordinator Jessica Tatum said a large number of booths were added during the week prior to the event. She said she thought there could be as many as 45 booths in the park.

Several activities for children were available in the park.

Festivities began with the traditional parade and a section of downtown was cordoned off to accommodate the crowd and the parade route. Ms Tatum said about 30 floats ended up entering the parade, including the traditional school class floats and various other organizations, Frankston cheerleaders riding fire trucks and some antique cars. Leading the parade was the Frankston High School band. Parade Grand Marshal was Frankston Mayor Tommy Carr. Also in the parade were members of the FHS Homecoming Court, including Homecoming King and Queen Collin Deupree and Kaitlyn Matthews. Riding in vehicles were Tiny Mr. and Miss Square Fair Lincoln Harbuck and Blakelee Pittman and Little Mr. and Miss Square Fair Hilton LaFitte and Stella Boggs.

Roger McDonald acted as Master of Ceremonies for the parade, introducing each unit in the parade and giving a bit of information about the sponsors.

After the parade, the entertainment started with Butch Fulton singing, joined by Roger McDonald on the fiddle. Then singers Brandi Derr and Elizabeth Derr performed. Following them was Mike Kellogg performing on his saxophone. Then Andrew Shoemake played his guitar followed by Devany Betancourt and Tammy Bostick singing.

The Square Fair was not held in 2020 due to precautions adopted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was decided to go ahead with the largely outdoors Square Fair this year. Considering the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the area and state, sponsors urged those attending to take precautions recommended by health experts to prevent further spread of the virus.

The Square Fair is a community event, sponsored by the Square Fair Committee, established at the first Square Fair in 1975.

The historic event was started as part of the Frankston Bicentennial celebration, headed by the late J.C. Hicks. Part of the Bicentennial Committee was the Festival Division. It was composed of Chairperson Jerry Gideon, former FISD superintendent, and members Rilea Cook, the late Celexie Pierson, Sharon Atwood, former band director Pat Stringer, June McLane Brown, Alana Dickerson Moore, Tawana Blair, the late Dorthella Lewis, Kay Ellis Querry and Mary McLane Phillips. Mrs. Atwood was the first Square Fair Coordinator, a position she held for 15 years, during the infancy of the event.

(See Pictures of Square Fair HERE )

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