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August 5th, 2011

SummerFest Offers Fun, Rides

August 5, 2011

ST. MARYS — Parades, softball tournaments and music will take over St. Marys this week as an annual summer festival returns.

The 2011 edition of SummerFest will once again feature a wide slate of activities, bands, food and fellowship in Memorial Park.

The event, organized by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, takes over the park at 6:45 p.m. Thursday with the opening ceremony followed by Supper and Sounds in the Park.

From there, the rest of the weekend is packed with something for everyone.

Foundation Aims To Make An Impact

August 5, 2011

ST. MARYS — A new, local nonprofit organization is hoping to help make a difference in the lives of others through scholarships and funding medical research.

The Hirschfeld Foundation Inc. was founded by cousins Jamie Heitbrink and Jennifer Gaston in memory of family members who passed away.

Bicyclists To Race Around Lake

August 5, 2011

ST. MARYS — Bicyclists from all over will be descending on the area this weekend as the local lake becomes a race course.

Grand Lake St. Marys will be the site of a Colavita Zipp Time Trial Series race this Sunday, as bicyclists will embark on a trek around the lake.

"This is our second race at the lake," Organizer Roger Bowersock said. "Our first was in 2010."

The Greenville resident said last year's race was an enjoyable one for the participants.

Couple Involved In Collision

August 5, 2011

ST. MARYS — A husband and wife involved in a motorcycle crash on Wednesday remain in Lima hospital.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jerry W. Mullins, 49, and Regina Mullins, 44, both of St. Marys, were on board a motorcycle and traveling west on Ohio 219, near Montezuma, when a vehicle driven by Terri L. D'Andrea, 46, attempted to make a left turn into a private drive and collided with the Mullins' motorcycle.

Show A Family Affair

August 5, 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.”

Fisher Nabs Title

August 5, 2011

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.

August 4th

4-Hers Go Hog Wild

August 4, 2011

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.

Dannon Doles Out Grant

August 4, 2011

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.

August 3rd

Rabbits Hit Show Ring

August 3, 2011

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.”

4-Hers Show Dairy Skills

August 3, 2011

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.”

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