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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Lenawee County Fair 4.15.09

Written by David Green.

The 170th Lenawee County Fair grandstand show features Julianne Hough—a country singing performer who was also a two-time champion on Dancing with the Stars.

Hough will perform on Thursday night during fair week July 26 to Aug. 1. Tickets for all fair events go on sale Saturday.

Most of the fair nights are scheduled with car, truck, tractor and motorcycle events.

The fair opens with a tractor pull on Sunday, followed by car races on Monday and Wednesday night on the Figure 8 track.

On Tuesday night, the Lost Nations Rodeo  is scheduled with bull riding, barrel racing and a rodeo clown to entertain the kids.

On Friday of fair week, the truck and car competition is scheduled on the dirt oval infield.

On the final night, flat track motorcycle racing is scheduled in AMA-sanctioned competition. The event is part of a series of motorcycle events culminating in September with the state finals.

Special prices are offered for tickets covering the entire seven grandstand shows throughout the week.

OTHER EVENTS: Three new events are scheduled at the Lenawee County fairgrounds, starting with a talent search next month.

The Colgate Country Showdown will come to Adrian May 15 as part of a nation-wide talent search.

The show is scheduled in the Show Barn, at the north entrance off Addison Street.  Admission costs $6 for ages 14 and up, and $4 for those 13 and under.

Motorcycle races are scheduled over the Memorial Day weekend.

The AMA sanctioned Regional Flat Track Motorcycle Race Series is one of five similar races in the country, with racers from Michigan and other nearby states competing on a short track, large oval and TT track on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 22, 23, and 24.

Also on that weekend, mixed martial arts (MMA) competition is scheduled in an event known as “Beatdown at the Fairgrounds.”

The July 4th weekend will feature the 11th anniversary of the Winter Street Motorcycle Rally, hosted by Larry’s Custom Cycles of Adrian.  A BBQ Rib-Off is planned along with free activities for children.  Fireworks are also planned that weekend.

Summer activity concludes with the AMA Flat Track Motorcycle State Finals Sept. 12 and 13.

Details of the 170th Fair Week will be released soon.

For more information, contact the Fair and Event Grounds office at 517/263-3007 or visit

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