The Rutledge Country Fair returned on Saturday after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Downtown Rutledge was packed with for a day of food, shopping, music, face-painting, park-playing, and the annual parade. This year marked the 37th annual Rutledge Country Fair, with hundreds of people pouring into downtown Rutledge early Saturday. 

The Scott Little Band, a local country rock band, performed live from Rutledge's downtown gazebo, while the crowd perused dozens of vendor tents and children played games, had their faces painted, and took advantage of the city park. 

The annual parade featured horses, tractors, and decorated trucks with various community organizations riding through downtown. Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer welcomed locals and visitors alike to fair early Saturday morning. 

"We want to thank everyone for coming out," said Jen Buzbee, director of the Rutledge Community Depot. "The parade and festival were amazing! It was a beautiful day in our 'Small but Special' town. We are all very proud of the 37th annual Country Fair."

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