Bull Thistle Festival 07.21.10

Written by David Green.

When you hear the name Bob Wurst, don’t think of Countrified or Buckeye or even the Bob Wurst Band.

These days it’s just Bob Wurst.

The well-known Northwest Ohio country singer chose to go solo in 2003 and he’s enjoying the change.

“It was a little odd to me at first, not having a group of guys with me on stage,” he writes in a website biography, “but now I am performing in a way that opens up a whole new venue for me.”

Wurst is scheduled to perform twice Aug. 7 at Fayette’s Royal Bull Thistle Festival. He will entertain at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., sandwiched around a visit by Signature, a classic rock band that will belt out tunes from the 1970s and 80s.

Since bull thistles are the namesake of the town festival, what could be more appropriate than a Bull Thistle Look-Alike contest? The person who comes up with the best bull thistle costume, determined by crowd applause, will receive a $50 prize.

The annual bull thistle judging is scheduled at 1 p.m. Prizes will be given for height, girth, number of blossoms and fibrous content. The overall grand prize winner will receive the coveted Golden Hoe award.

Other events for the day include softball, three-on-three basketball and a car show. As always, the festival concludes Saturday night with a fireworks show at Harrison Lake State Park.

Look for addition details in the Aug. 4 Observer.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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