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.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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