August 5th, 2011
WAPAKONETA — For Ali Murr, showing her animals in the Junior Fair Beef Breeding and Feeder Calf Show at the Auglaize County Fair is in the family.
Murr, 16, of Waynesfield, showed several cattle Wednesday afternoon in the Junior Fair competition. She has been showing cattle for 11 years, and said she got involved in 4-H after watching her older sister.
“My sister showed here (at the Auglaize County Fair),” she said. “She’s out of 4-H now, since she’s 21.”
WAPAKONETA — A Wapakoneta FFA and Fryburg Happy Farmers members 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 Showman of Showmen in the Showmanship Sweepstakes Thursday in the Show Barn.
As she stood with her fellow competitors in front of the announcer’s table before they announced the Showman of Showmen, Kaylee replayed in her mind herself showing all the animals.
WAPAKONETA — Area students showed off their hogs during Wednesday morning’s Junior Fair Market Hog Show at the Auglaize County Fair.
Participants led their hogs around the swine arena as they were judged on their size and coat.
“They want really big muscles in the pigs and a big loin — the line down their back,” Wes Hirschfeld said after showing a gilt. “They want a very full look.”
The St. Marys student said this is his 11th year in 4-H, and he started out as a Cloverbud.
WAPAKONETA — Joint Township District Memorial Hospital was presented with a $30,000 check from The Dannon Company Monday night at the Auglaize County Fair to fund the Grand Health Family Challenge.
The $30,000 grant was awarded as part of the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grant program, which strives to combat childhood obesity. Dannon Manager of Corporate Responsibility Gayle Binney said the program was initiated in 2006 to help children who were struggling with being overweight or obese.
With the high school football season less than a month away, we will post preview capsules of WBL and MAC football teams as the coaches send them in.
The Evening Leader's Fall Sports Preview will be released on Friday, Aug. 19 and be inserted in that day's Evening Leader. Also look for a special online-only area football preview that will be downloadable from TheEveningLeader.com.
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WAPAKONETA — Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubba’s fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
“It’s pretty easy now,” Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. “Every year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.”
Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are “fun and cute.”
WAPAKONETA — Control, cleanliness and poise were just three of the areas 4-Hers had to display as part of the dairy showmanship event Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair.
Dozens of participants entered the show barn looking to advance in the competition. The field featured some newcomers as well as veterans of handling the couple hundred pound animals.
“I am kind of hoping I place pretty good,” Cody Schlater said. “This is my first year doing dairy.”
ST. MARYS — A local city officially welcomed its visitors during an annual event Monday afternoon.
The city of St. Marys welcomed six visitors from Germany to its city during a lunch with city administration, as part of the annual German visit to St. Marys through the St. Marys-Lienen Sister City Organization.
“I welcome you to St. Marys, Ohio, U.S.A.,” Mayor Greg Freewalt told the six Germans at the city building. “We certainly welcome you here.”
WAPAKONETA — When Kayla Schneider’s name was announced as the 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she broke into a subtle smile — later saying all the contestants were deserving.
On Monday, Wapakoneta’s Schneider and St. Marys’ Patrick Schwartz were crowned as royalty over the 159th Auglaize County Junior Fair.
Schwartz said the selection gave him a feeling of accomplishment after being chosen.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Schwartz said. “I grew up wanting to be selected someday.”
ST. MARYS — State officials in Columbus are in the process of determining if the illness of a Montgomery County resident is related to toxins in Grand Lake St. Marys.