August 9th, 2011
With four events in four consecutive weekends in July, the city‚Äôs recreation director says it may have been the busiest month for the city parks and Wapakoneta Recreation Department crews on record.
Veterans Memorial Park hosted the Moon City Classic sponsored by Dairy Queen and Wapakoneta Recreation Inc. (WRI) on July 8-10, the Dairy Queen tournament for softball on July 22-24 and a 3-on-3 soccer tournament on July 29-30, while the Wapakoneta WaterPark hosted the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL) championships on July 15 and 16.
PIQUA ‚ÄĒ The Wapakoneta Redskins boys golf team opened its 2011 season at the 25th Anniversary Homan Invitational Tournament on Monday in Piqua.
Wapak placed 14th out of the 18 teams competing.
Minster placed first with a 318, followed by Troy at 323 and Sidney Lehman with a 324. Lehman‚Äôs Ben Theiman took medalist honors with a 71.
The Redskins are trying to rebuild after losing four of five golfers from 2010 to graduation.
‚ÄúI was pleased how we played,‚ÄĚ Wapak coach Ken Wayman said. ‚ÄúWe had four golfers that are underclassman that never played the course.‚ÄĚ
WAYNESFIELD ‚ÄĒ Fortville, Indiana‚Äôs Jonathan Hendrick used his outside front row starting spot to grab the Jack Hewitt Classic win for the second straight year Saturday night at Waynesfield raceway Park.
Hendrick held off Justin Grant, who earlier in the evening set the new track record for the Non-Wing Sprint Cars at Waynesfield with a time of 11.827 seconds.
Matt Westfall, the 2009 Jack Hewitt Classic winner, came home third.
Rod Henning, of Middletown, picked up the win in the Mini-Sprintafter getting by Nick Daugherty on lap 9 of the 15 lap affair. Daugherty would finish 2nd.
Bids rained from the skies during Saturday‚Äôs livestock sale ‚ÄĒ which saw a record paid for a lamb that eventually helped a long-time 4-H scholarship fund ‚ÄĒ at the Auglaize County Fair.
Bidders packed into the show ring as hogs and lambs were displayed for sale in the new hog building. The morning kicked off with a frenzied bidding for the Grand Champion Market Barrow, showed by RaNae Bornhorst. When the final bids were tallied, the hog netted $8,000 for the daughter of Terri and Glenn Bornhorst.
Domino, a black-and-white cocker spaniel-dachsund mixed puppy, sits quietly in his owner‚Äôs lap waiting for their turn in the fenced off show arena in the Junior Fair Building.
He would at times switch laps to one of Ky Knoch‚Äôs friends or relatives, getting a better view of his surroundings and a few more pettings on his head and scratches under his chin.
Ky, 10, of Botkins said she thought bringing Domino to the fair and training him for the obedience portion of the show would be fun and would be good training for the 10-month old puppy.
Fun and laughs were a plenty in the Show Barn Saturday evening as kids of all ages competed in the ‚ÄúBest Animal Calling and Decorated Animal Contest‚ÄĚ at the Auglaize County Fair.
The event began with the ‚ÄúDecorated Animal Contest,‚ÄĚ which featured a pair of ‚ÄúSuper Goats,‚ÄĚ 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 Association‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúWithout the bidders and their support it would be a lot harder to do,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúI encourage the use of sunscreen and a hat while outside,‚ÄĚ Clark said. ‚ÄúI 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.‚ÄĚ