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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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