Fulton Fair winners named 2011.09.14

Written by David Green.

Fulton County Fair honors were won by several area competitors.

DAIRY—In the dairy cattle competition, Katie Knisely of Fayette won the Junior Reserve Champion Female honors. Martinline Farms of Fayette (Richard Martin) won Senior Champion Female Holstein, Reserve Champion Female Holstein, Grand Champion Female Holstein and Reserve Champion Female Holstein.

Cottonwood Vale of Fayette (Lee Leininger) took the Premium Exhibitor award.

BEEF—Jake West won the Reserve Champion  Female Shorthorn honors in the beef cattle division. Aaron Brehm won Grand Champion Female Simmental, Rylee Ruger won for Grand Champion Female All Other Breeds, and Rhys Ruger won for Reserve Champion Female All Other Breeds.

HORSES—Brandi Woodring of Morenci won Reserve Champion Gelding in the horse competition.

SHEEP—For sheep lead, Sarah Kovar of Fayette to Overall Best of Show honors.

FOWL—In the fowl competition, Cameron Bachman of Morenci won Grand Champion Large Fowl, Grand Champion Bantam and Overall Poultry Best of Show.

NEEDLEWORK—Jean Durham and Joyce Mellott, both of Fayette, were given Judges Choice Honorable Mention for needlework.

HOBBIES—Robert Stewart of Fayette won Best of Show Senior Entry for hobbies.

ARTS—Ann Schang of Fayette won Best of Show, Professional Entry, for Tole and Decorative Arts.

TRACTORS—In the tractor operating contest, Mike Raker of Fayette won the senior division and Codi Johnson of Fayette won the junior division.

CHEERLEADING—Fayette’s cheerleaders place fourth in the small school varsity division and the junior varsity squad placed second.

ATTENDANCE—Fair attendance set an all-time record of 73,105 on Labor Day. Extreme heat for the first three days resulted in attendance of 19,894 on Friday, Sept. 2; 41,214 on Saturday; 58,697 on Sunday; 29,421 on Tuesday (a Tuesday record); and only 4,983 during a rainy Wednesday.

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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