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.

  • Front.rest
    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.
  • Front.batter
    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.
  • Front.green Screen
    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.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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