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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    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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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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    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.

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