August 8th, 2011
Fun and laughs were a plenty in the Show Barn Saturday evening as kids of all ages competed in the â€śBest Animal Calling and Decorated Animal Contestâ€ť at the Auglaize County Fair.
The event began with the â€śDecorated Animal Contest,â€ť which featured a pair of â€śSuper Goats,â€ť complete with black masks and capes, also worn by their handlers. The mop dog stole the first place honors, with a costume that featured a long, paper towel roll pole with a small, white dog at the end.
The Auglaize County Fair showcased the National Tractor Pulling Associationâ€™s Moon City Nationals in front of a packed crowd on Saturday night.
Drivers from around the country along with local drivers competed.
Ryan Salenbein of Maybee, Michigan won the Super Farm Tractor division with a full pull of 301.005 feet with Never Satisfied. David Whitney of St. Marys took ninth in Ground Force with a 300.495 foot pull. Jeff VanGelder of Begelow, Michigan took second (300.275). Scot MIller of Spencerville finished 17th (291.105) and Todd Schneider of Wapakoneta finished 18th (290.465).
RED CROSS FUNDRAISER: The American Red Cross is selling tickets for a Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres game Sunday, Aug. 14 at 1:10 p.m.
The purchase of the ticket enters you into a raffle to throw out the first pitch at that game. Tickets are $25 each or four for $90. All proceeds go to The American Red Cross.
Call Adam at 567-356-1501 to order tickets.
OUTING: The Jason Kline Memorial Golf Outing will be held Sept. 17 at the Wapakoneta Country Club.
Hefty bids received for animals raised as projects for the fair make all the hard work worth it, several youth said after leaving the sales ring Friday.
Most also said they were putting the money in savings accounts or setting it aside for a large upcoming expected expense, including college or a car.
â€śWithout the bidders and their support it would be a lot harder to do,â€ť Zach Lagemin, 16, of New Knoxville, said after selling his dairy steer, Devil.
It was his fourth year showing and selling a steer at the Auglaize County Fair.
A local extension office set up a booth at the fair and educated fair-goers on important topics â€” including sun safety.
OSU Extension Educator on Family and Consumer Sciences Lois Clark was out at the fair in the Horticulture Building giving tips and information on sun safety.
â€śI encourage the use of sunscreen and a hat while outside,â€ť Clark said. â€śI also encourage people to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but if they have to be, it is important to apply sunscreen.â€ť
When a local business organization leader hears feedback about economic development opportunities in Wapakoneta, executives and realtors from other parts of the country and the world comment about the readiness of the 471-acre Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.
Sandra K. â€śKatieâ€ť Phillips died at 5:20 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 18, 1944, in Wapakoneta to Violet (Grothaus) and Eugene â€śRedâ€ť Dill who preceded her in death. On Feb. 22, 1964, she married William I. Phillips who survives in St. Johns.
Arthur D. Pursley, 76, of Madison, died 5:20 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2011, at Madison Health Care. He was born Feb. 24, 1935 in Lima, to Rose Ethel (Hatcher) and Lorenzo Dow Pursley. Both parents are deceased.
Mr. Pursley retired from the U. S. Air Force and had worked for NAS.
Survivors include one brother, Jim (Nadean) Pursley, of Vista, Calif., and a sister, Cecilia Hicks, of Forest.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard and Benie Pursley; and sisters, Elsie Secor, Viola Stough, Jane Pursley Hoyt, Mary Louise Pursley and Betty Painter.
A Wapakoneta FFA and Fryburg Happy Farmers member completed a rare feat Thursday by capturing a showmanship Triple Crown.
Kaylee Fisher, who won the Dairy Market Steer and the Beef Market Steer showmanships, earned the title of â€śShowman of Showmenâ€ť in the Showmanship Sweepstakes Thursday in Show Barn No. 1.
As she stood with her fellow competitors in front of the announcerâ€™s table before they announced the â€śShowman of Showmen,â€ť Kaylee replayed in her mind herself showing all the animals.
For Ali Muir, showing her animals in the Junior Fair Beef Breeding and Feeder Calf Show at the Auglaize County Fair is just part of being in the Muir family.
Muir, 16, of Waynesfield, who showed several cattle Wednesday afternoon in the Junior Fair competition, has been showing cattle for 11 years. She said she got involved in 4-H after watching her older sister.
â€śMy sister showed here (at the Auglaize County Fair),â€ť Muir said of her sister, Candace. â€śSheâ€™s out of 4-H now, since sheâ€™s 21.â€ť
She said she has had a busy schedule showing her animals.