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Dedication to the fair Fair Board honors ‘Big’ Joe Platfoot BY KATHY LEESE A great friend to the Shelby County Fair was lost last year with the passing of Joe Platfoot — and as the fair begins, those who knew him are sharing memories of the man known as “Big Joe.” Platfoot, whose work with the Shelby County Fair dated back to his childhood, was born and raised on a farm in Maplewood, where he lived until he passed away one year ago July 11 at the age of 69. Now his son Scott and his wife Cathy and their family are living on the farm. A 1960 Sidney High School graduate, Platfoot was a grain farmer who also raised steer and worked for Sidney Dairy for 27 years. His first wife, Karen, died in 2003 and he married Rita Haynes Platfoot, who now resides in Sidney following his death. Platfoot was the father of Scott, JoAnn Shade and Jodi Rowles and the grandfather of Madilyn, Mason, Myles and Sophia. He also has three stepchildren, Carla Cavinder, Mike Haynes and Lori Bruns, seven stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren who affectionately called him “Grandpa Joe,” Rita said. Platfoot’s love for the Shelby County Fair began when he was a child. “He was on the

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“BIG” JOE Platfoot was a part of the Shelby County Fair until his death in 2011. Junior Fair Board when he was a teen,” Rita said, noting he showed steers at the fair as a boy. He also was involved in 4-H as a child and served as a 4-H adviser as an adult. For 36 years, Platfoot served on the Shelby County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) and worked with the Junior Fair Board. Among his responsibilities, Platfoot took care of the fair parking, entrance gates, helped with the steer shows and found time to help Maplewood Grange, where in addition to other responsibilities he would work at their building one night during the fair, Rita said.

Additionally, Platfoot was in charge of Veteran’s Day activities at the fair, a day when local veterans are honored. In addition to his work with the fair, Platfoot served for a time with the Maplewood Fire Department and was involved with the Maplewood Grange, where he was a lifetime member, Grace Lutheran Church in Jackson Center where he was a life time member. He was also a member of the Jackson Center American Legion and an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan, who attended several games with his wife. He also served in the United States Army, joining in

1966 and serving for two years. “He loved going to county fairs,” Rita said, but his first love when it came to fairs was the Shelby County Fair. She said he loved it “very, very much.” “The week before the fair, every evening before the fair, he was there working. He loved the fair. He was there until midnight sometimes,” Rita said, noting he would work the week of the fair as well. In fact, if she wanted to see him, she had to be at the fairgrounds during that time. “He loved being with the people,” Rita said, discussing what her husband loved most at the fair. “He enjoyed the steers .... he loved everything about it.” He also liked the fair food. “He liked the french fries,” she said. Rita believes her husband liked the fair so much because it had always been part of his life. “I think it’s because he had always done it all his life. He knew so many people.” “He enjoyed the young people very much and his grandchildren show steers,” Rita said, noting he enjoyed watching them do what he had done as a child. “They (Fair Board) all loved him. I don’t know anybody that disliked him. I guess they all looked up to Big Joe. He

never missed meetings. He was always there. He was really good friends with Jerry Schaffner,” Rita said. Noting that her husband is honored this year in the Shelby County Fair premium book, she said that last year, a week after his death, as the fair got underway, Platfoot was honored and he was honored again during the steer show and recognition that Rita said was “very tear jerking for me.” “When they started showing the steers .... they had me and his children (there). They had a big banner across the arena with his name on it,” Rita said. She said he would have liked that. “He was always very humorous, he was always making jokes. He laughed a lot,” Rita said about her husband. “He took the fair very seriously.” Platfoot’s first wife, Karen, who had multiple sclerosis, passed away in 2003 and Rita said, Karen’s brother, Jerry Brown, paid for a sign to be placed at the fairgrounds dairy barn, which included Karen’s name on a plaque. Joe Platfoot’s name was added last year. A sign by the horse barns bears his name and that of his wife, Rita. Jerry Schaffner, who is the fair board secretary, recalled his friend,

Big Joe. “Of anybody I ever missed, it was Joe,” Schaffner said. If it wasn’t what he thought it should be, he expressed his opinion.” Schaffner described Platfoot as the “backbone” of the fair, who fought for what he believed was right. Having a wife with multiple sclerosis, Platfoot understood the importance of handicapped accessibility. Knowing the fairgrounds did not have handicapped accessible bathrooms, Platfoot “made sure” they were installed. “He (Platfoot) was a 4H adviser for a long time. He was really involved with taking care of the veterans. If the veterans had a meeting, Joe was always there,” Schaffner said. “He was one of those persons we could always rely on,” Schaffner said. “During the year, I would talk to him at least once a week.” “He was there to help the kids anytime they needed help,” Schaffner said. “He never turned anybody down.” “You could never replace Big Joe because everyone knew him,” Schaffner said. “It was always Big Joe. That’s how everyone knew him. When you thought of (the) Shelby County Fair, you thought of Joe Platfoot.”


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What’s new at the fair Senior Fair contest changes are minimal There are few new or changed rules for Senior Fair contests during the 152nd annual Shelby County Fair July 22 to 28. Fair Secretary Jerry Schafner said extensive category changes made for last year’s fair will be continued with the

exception of Black and White and Color Photography. Images must be printed as 8 by 10 enlargements, no backing, framing or matting necessary. All photos must have been taken within the last four years and photos may not be al-

tered or edited except for the “Special Effects and Process category.” Photography categories include: Domestic Animals, Wildlife, Birds, insects, Flowers and Plant Life, People or portraits, Scenic/Landscape, Sunrise/Sunset, Structure

of Category, Shelby County Scene, From the Heart of It All-Ohio Scene, Patriotic, Vacation Memories, Sports Action or Feature, Abstract, Open-Any Subject, Special Effect and Processes. The Special Effects category is for images

artically manipulated (including HDR, double exposure, sepia-toned, selenium-toned digital background removal or any image beyond basic editing). Grain and Seeds, Farm and Garden, Culinary, Jam, Jelly and Canned Fruit and Fine

Arts entries must be made by July 16. Floriculture “Down on the Farm” entries must be received no later than July 21 at 7 p.m. Entries will be displayed in the Fine Arts and Horticultural buildings on the fairgrounds.

2012 Junior Fair entries total 6,133 will no longer be divisions in the market lamb show. Breeding Ducks changes: Must specify if breeding ducks are standards or bantams. Grand champion and reserve champion Market Ducks are eligible be two rabbits. An exhibitor may tattoo up to seven rabbits, but only show five. The weight for market rabbits is

now 4 to 6 pounds, instead of 3.5 to 5 pounds and age to 9 to 12 weeks. Market Lamb: There

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19; 4-H Dog, 51; and Horse, 807. Livestock entries are Market, 1,187; Beef, 147; Dairy, 352; Goat, 253; Rabbit, 632; Sheep/Lama/Alpaca, 293; Swine, 293. FFA entries include Field Crops, 256; Horticulture, 662; Eggs, 22; Farm Mechanics, 573. Norris also notes the following changes for the 2012 Shelby County Junior Fair: Rabbits: A market pen of rabbits will now


The 2012 Shelby County Junior Fair will have a total of 6,133 entries by 610 4-H and FFA exhibitors. Included are 20 new 20 new 4-H projects. Laura Norris, Shelby County Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, said among new projects are Makeover My Space, Robotics 2, NeXT steps, Canning and Freezing and Dashboard Dining: A 4-H Guide to Healthful Fast Food Choices. Livestock entries total 2,946, 4-H nonlivestock entries 1,656 and FFA entries total 1,513. The breakdown for all entries follows: 4-H non-livestock: Foods, 33; Clothing, 76; Creative Arts, Demonstrations, four; 4-H Photography, 244; Special Interest, 162; Flower and Vegetable,

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What’s new at the fair Fair Board receives Monsanto grant The Shelby County Agricultural Society (Fair Board) has received a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant from Monsanto Corp.’s Monsanto Fund. The county fair was nominated for the award by Mitch Brautigam, Fair Board vice president and board member from Orange Township. Brautigam said he became aware of the funding opportunity in January after visiting the Monsanto Fund Website and with the board secretary’s help completed the required paperwork. Monsanto representative Neil Doherty, of New Bremen, presented the check to board members recently at the fairgrounds in Sidney. Brautigam and board members say the funds will be used for Junior Fair budget items including judge’s awards and other items need to help fund their portion of the 2012 Fair. “There’s more than 1,000 4-H and FFA members involved in the Junior Fair and these funds will benefit all of them,” Brautigam said. Since 1964, Monsanto Co., a leader in sustainable agriculture, has operated Monsanto

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THE SHELBY County Fair Board was the recipient of a $2,500 ers, of Houston, Jerry Schaffner, of Sidney, Monsanto represengrant from Monsanto, which was presented recently at the tative Neil Doherty, of New Bremen, Mitch Brautigam, of Sidney, Shelby County Fairgrounds. These funds will be used for various and Tim Everett, of Sidney. needs throughout the fair. Members present are (l-r) Barb HeilFund as its philan- and work. schools, libraries, America’s Farmers such as FFA, 4-H, and thropic arm, focused on The fund provides farmer training pro- Grow Communities is schools. strengthening both basic support to im- grams and academic sponsored by the MonOne $2,500 winner is farming communities prove education in programs that enrich or santo Fund to support selected in each of 1,245 and the communities in farming communities, supplement school pro- local farming communi- eligible counties in 38 which associates live including supporting grams. ties and organizations states.


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Shelby County fair board Fair board election planned during fair Nine members of the Fair Board will reach the end of their threeyear terms at this year’s reorganization meeting, and so their seats will be up for election during this year’s fair. Twenty-eight members make up the Shelby County Fair Board, with each township having two elected members

serving on the board. Elections are held whenever a member’s three-year term is completed. In order to be elected, an individual must obtain 10 signatures from current members. They must also win enough votes to claim one of the two seats given to their township. There is no limit on the

number of terms a person can serve. The following directors’ terms expire this year: Don Bodenmiller, Salem Township; Ken Ihle, Franklin Township; Charles Elsass, Van Buren Township; Kenneth Knoop, Perry Township; Danny Sharrock, Orange Township; Jamie Reese, Jackson

Township; Allen Rehfus, Turtle Creek Township; Dave Russell, Dinsmore Township; and Tim Everett, Green Township. There also is a vacant seat currently for McLean Township. Jake Yinger recently was appointed to the vacant seat in Van Buren Township.

Members are paid $10 per meeting they attend and get up to $20 per day as a meal allowance during the fair. According to Jerry Schaffner, board secretary, the board made a change to the rules last year so “if the board does not make money, they don’t get their food allowance.”

The board is responsible for the fairgrounds operation throughout the entire year, in addition to running the fair during fair week. Members serve on committees that are responsible for the operation of a given area, such as goats, the demolition derby, parking, midway safety, etc.

Junior fair board ‘in charge’ of Junior Fair The junior fair board is “in charge of all things Junior Fair,” according to Laura Norris, OSU Extension, the new head of 4-H youth development. “We do anything from calling award donors, to announcing at shows, to organizing fundraisers,” she said. “We also do preparation work for the junior shows, such as hiring judges, making class lists, ordering awards and helpng at weighins.” This year, the board put on a scrap metal drive fundraiser to raise money for the Junior Fair. The junior fair board operates under the umbrella of the Shelby County Senior Agricultural Society (Fair Board), which provide oversight to the Junior Fair, appoints a Junior

Fair Board Advisory Committee, financially supports approved Junior Fair activities, and exercises final approval of Junior Fair rules and regulations. The Junior Fair Board has 28 members, with one female and one male is required to be elected from each township for a term of one or two years. In order to be eligible to serve on the Junior Fair Board, the candidate must be a member of a 4-H club, vocational agriculture class, vocational class or Girl Scout troop of Shelby County. They must also have proof of exhibit in the current year’s fair that they would be serving. Each member is allowed to serve from the time of becoming a freshman in high school until they are no longer able to show 4-H ex-

hibits, at age 19. E l e c tions are held annually at the fair with separate ballots provided Berning for each individual township. There must be an opening in a township for a candidate to run. They must fill out an application and have Junior Fair exhibitors from their township vote for them. Norris said the junior board begins each year with an annual meeting to discuss suggestions for the upcoming fair. The board has monthly meetings with additional work sessions just before the fair begins. Members are paid 50 cents an



hour, with a maximum pay of $50. Current officers are president, Jenise Berning, Orange Township; vice president, Gabrielle Buehler, Perry Township; Secretary, Summer McCracken, Franklin Township; and treasurer, Maria Goettemoeller, Dinsmore Township. Executive Committee Members are Logan Monnin, Cynthian Township; Seth Clark, Washington Township; and Brandon Ike, Turtle Creek Township.



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Shelby County junior fair Livestock sale final step for exhibiters There are no changes for the actual sale of animals for the 2012 Shelby County Fair’s livestock sales, but Sales Committee Treasurer Kelly Bensman said from now on, hogs and rabbits will sell on the same day, rotating each year. Friday, sales will be poultry (ducks and chickens), cattle, goats and lambs and Saturday’s will be hogs, rabbits, and Gallon of Milk. This year’s sale will be open to Junior Fair exhibitors of market cattle, feeder calves, market hogs, market lambs, goats, pens of fryers and broilers and dairy (gallon of milk sale). Four new records were set at last year’s sale, two of them in the goat category. The reserve grand champion steer brought $5,450, the goat grand champion $2,900, reserve goat champion $6,500 and the Gallon of Milk sale ( 73 shares), $3,650. Following are the prices 2011 fair champions brought and current Shelby County Livestock Sales records: • Grand Champion Lamb, $1,200; record is $3,320 set at the 2001 fair. • Reserve Champion Lamb, $1,200; record is $2,600 from 2008. • Hog Grand Barrow, $2,125; record is $6,000 set at the 2010 fair.

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THE GRAND champion dairy steer in 2011 was shown by Jenise Berning, 18, of Anna. Those who purchased the steer were Chris Gibbs for Shelby County Republican Party, Angela Martin for Sidney Body Carstar and Michele Mumford, clerk of courts, Com• Reserve Barrow, $1,600; record is $3,800 from 2006 fair. • Grand Gilt, $2,150; and Reserve Gilt, $1.700 (records not kept). • Cattle Grand,

$5,875; record is $10,000 set during 2009 fair. • Reserve Grand, $5,450, a new record. • Rabbit Grand Market Pen, $400; record is $2,050 from 2008.

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• Reserve Market Pen, $300; record is $1,300 from 2001. • Grand Fryer, $900 and reserve Fryer $325. • Goat Grand, $2,900 (new record).

• Reserve Grand, $6,500 (new record). • Chicken Grand Meat Pen, $700; record is $1,200 set during 2009 fair. • Reserve Meat Pen,

$300; record is $925 from 2008. • Grand Broiler, $750; Reserve Broiler, $600. • Gallon of Milk, 73 shares, $3,650 (new record).


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Fair entertainment Favorite rides return to midway Many favorite rides will return to the midway, and a couple of new ones will be featured, at the 152st Shelby County Fair this Sunday through July 28. Providing amusement rides again this year is Michael’s Enterprises Inc., of North Carolina. Company owner Michael Reisinger said a couple of rides will be new to the fair this year. Vertigo is like Drop Tower with a swing that will take riders 85 feet into the air, he said. Another new attraction is the Sizzler, which is similar to the Scrambler, Reisinger said. Other favorites will be returning, including the Gondola Wheel, the Pirate Ship and the Musik Express, in which passengers are

seated in cars that rotate in a circle on a sloped track while music plays. The merrygo-round, slide and kiddie rides are among other attractions returning to this year’s fair. Wrist bands for reduced midway rides may be purchased for $7 from area industries on two Industrial Days — Sunday and Wednesday — and several other special days during fair week this year. They admit one person who may ride all day. Bands may be purchased at participating industries only for events on Sunday and Wednesday. On Carload Night Tuesday, all occupants of a vehicle will receive admission and rides for everyone for $30. Admission will be

at Gate D only and Carload Night stamps must be purchased by 9 p.m. Wednesday. On Kids Day Thursday, everyone age 16 and younger will be admitted free until noon. Special wrist bands for rides may be purchased

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The group consists of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson. The duo recently signed with RCA Records and have teamed with producer Josh Leo. Leo has worked with country groups Alabama and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Their music is influenced by Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. A man who weaves ventriloquism, magic and comedy into a show will perform on June 28 at 8 p.m. David Crone will be “Spreading Laughter Faster Than the Common Cold,” when he takes the stage. He has been performing for more than 25 years. His passion for illusions and entertainment started as a kid when he found a magic trick in a cereal box. With a degree in electrical engineering and a minor in theater from the University of Pittsburgh, Crone worked as a software engineer and climbed the ranks into upper management at America Online. He eventually decided to leave the corporate world and share his fun message with others. Crone has performed from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nev. There will also be a variety of groups throughout the week in the free entertainment tent.

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together for three years and play a variety of country and classic rock. The group also has a few original songs. All performances in the free entertainment tent are sponsored by Cargill, Ron and Nita’s, Detailed Machining, B&B Ag-Vantages, Inc., DBA Fiebigers and Poor Farmers RV Sales and Service Campground. Local talent will also be showcased in the free entertainment Gazebo during the fair. All performances begin at 6:45 p.m. The acts are sponsored by Cargill. On Sunday, Sidney native, Balloon Man Joe McMillen will kick off the week in the Gazebo with balloon animals and magic. On Monday, Wired for Christ, a Christian musical group from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney, will be performing for the fourth year in a row at the Shelby County Fair. On Tuesday, the First United Methodist Church Youth Band will be performing and on Wednesday Guitar Kids will take the stage. Shelby County duo Thick and Thin will per-

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MASCOTS OF all shapes and sizes will be performing during the Shelby County Fair. Performances are planned for each day at the stage next to the Milkhouse. Shown here is a scene from “The Adeventures of Froglin and Bearford.” tor Sandy Kalan. The audience helps to fix the situation. “Max’s Magnificent Mascot Band,” in which Max the Dog and his gang tear up the town with musical numbers and interact with the audience. The Mascot Organization maintains a database of actors nationwide

who act as mascots and provides costumed mascots to corporations, trade shows, expositions and other professional mascot events. “Our performers have rung the bell to open the New York Stock Exchange and we staffed the characters at the Library of Congress National Book Festival,”

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Shelby County’s younger fair-goers will find three new ways to have fun this year. The Mascot Organization, based in Worthington, will present actors performing in animal costumes in three short musicals on a stage next to the Milkhouse. The shows will be performed Sunday at 3, 5 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday at 5 and 7 p.m., and Saturday at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Each show lasts 20 to 30 minutes and it has not been released which show will be performed when. The performances will be as follows: “Shaggy D and Raggy C,” which features the antics of Raggy Cowgirl and her amazing biomechanical wonder dog, Shaggy. The show includes dog tricks, songs and dance. “The Adventures of Froglin and Bearford” is an interactive musical that informs children about the effects of people’s actions on the planet Earth and what they can do to help. “Froglin is enjoying his place on the lake, but it’s all cluttered,” said Mascot Organization National Talent Coordina-


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Shelby County Fair royalty King, queen to be crowned Sunday The 2012 Shelby County Junior Fair king and queen contest will be Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Free Entertainment Tent. Contestant interviews will be held earlier in the day. This year there are five candidates for king and seven candidates for queen. King candidates are: • Allen Armstrong, 16, the son of Doug and Tina Armstrong, of Sidney. He is an eight-year member of the Adventurer’s 4-H Club. • Brandon Ike, 17, the son of Doug and Tina Ike, of Houston. He is a nineyear member of the Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club. • Brett Langenkamp, 17, the son of Frank and Lori Langenkamp, of Fort Loramie. He is a 10year member of the 4-H Innovators Club. • Craig Berning, 17, the son of Doug and Pam Berning, of Anna. Berning is a third-year member of the Anna FFA. • Noah Clark, 17, the son of Bill and Mitzi Clark, of Houston. He is a 10-year member of the Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club. Queen candidates are: Amy McKee, 16, the daughter of Eric and Molly McKee, of Houston. McKee is a first-year member of Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club. • Amy Pleiman, 17, the daughter of Randy and Jane Pleiman, of Fort Loramie. Pleiman is See ROYALTY/Page 13







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Shelby County Fair royalty ROYALTY/From Page 12 a 10-year member of Merry Mod Makers 4-H Club. • Katelyn Seger, 16, the daughter of Ken and Janice Seger, of Fort Loramie. Seger is a nine-year member of the 4-H Innovators Club. • Katie Ahrns, 16, is the

daughter of Vernon and Amy Ahrns, of Fort Loramie. She is an eight-year member of the Fort Loramie 4-H Club. • Katie Holt, 16, the daughter of Harvey and Theresa Holt, of Anna. She is a threeyear member of the Anna Livestock 4-H Club. • Kortney Phipps, 16, the

Shuttle service available during the county fair Going to the fair and don’t want to walk from the Sidney High School parking lot? Have no worries, a shuttle is there to give you a ride to the fairgrounds. “We start the shuttle service at 9 a.m. each day,” said Jerry Schmidt, who is in charge of the program. “We run until 11 p.m. depending on how big the crowd is in the evening.” One shuttle buses the people during the morning, said Schmidt. Then in the afternoon, when more people are going to

the fair, a second shuttle is added. “I think we’ve been running the shuttle for more than 15 years,” said Schmidt. “We started doing it when the new middle school was built and we lost our parking area there. “Since it’s farther to walk from the high school parking lot, the fairboard started the shuttle service.” Schmidt said he has five different volunteers who donate their time and services during the week of the fair to drive the shuttles.

daughter of Gary and Charlotte Phipps, of Houston. She is a four-year member of the Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club. • Summer McCracken, 16, the daughter of Jim and Elaine McCracken, of Anna. She is a nine-year member of the Thrifty Farmers 4-H Club. Contestants will present a

speech during the competition, while wearing a costume or working with props that help inform the speech. In addition, they will model evening wear and answer a randomly drawn question on stage. Judges will select a king and a queen and will name four runners-up in each division. The king and

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Fair entertainment Engines ready to scream at the fair While you're walking the midway at the Shelby County Fair this year, you will again hear plenty of noise coming from the west — in the area of the harness racing track. Although there will be one night of harness racing this year, the noise won't be coming from the horses, but rather horsepower. Again, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the scream of engines either trying to get through a mud bog, pull a

weight down the track, or just pull harder than another machine hooked up to it. And of course, there will be the cars destroyed in the annual demolition derby. The area in front of the grandstands will provide plenty of wild entertainment again this year, with the back-to-back truck pulls starting it off on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., with the weigh-in beginning at 11. And later that same day, the demolition derby

will take place at 5 p.m. On Wednesday will be the truck and tractor pull, and it's a show worth seeing. This year's event will begin at 6 p.m. with a $2 admission charged. The classes will include the antique tractors, hot rod tractors, farm stock tractors, Buckeye modified trucks, light pro stock tractors, pure stock trucks, pro stock pick-ups, diesel pick-ups and street stock semi's.The event has attracted huge crowds to the grand-

stands. Two years ago, the event was rained out, but it played before appreciative fans last year. The semi's made their first appearance a few years back and were wellreceived. Weight has to be added because of their power, but they are only allowed to use street tires, so they don't get much traction. The biggest purses are carried by the hot rod tractors and the light pro stock tractors. Again on Thursday, the Mud Bog Mania will take place and is scheduled to begin at 6:30. The event will include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in five classes, including two- and four-

wheel drive stock and two- and four-wheel drive modified, as well as super modified. It was included in the County Fair schedule for the first time last year, but had made plenty of appearances at the fair prior to that. The Lockington Volunteer Fire Department holds a mud bog event every year at the fairgrounds as one of its top fundraisers. It was the success of those events that resulted it in becoming part of the air. The event will also include four-wheel drive trucks trying to slug their way through the mud. The object is to make it though the mud in the shortest amount of time.


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If no one does in a particular class, the winner is the one that travels the farthest. The back-to-back truck pull will be held Sunday afternoon and feature three classes, 5,000 pounds, 6,500 pounds and 9,000 pounds. The event is a tug-o-war between two trucks. Trucks are hitched together, with a flag in the middle, and the object is to pull the other truck far enough for the flag to cross a pre-determined line. There will be both experienced pullers and those who decide to put their truck to the test. Weigh-ins start at 10 a.m. and the event at 1 p.m.

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There will again be just one day of harness racing at this year's County Fair, and one member of the speed committee doesn't see that changing in the future. The harness horses will take to the half-mile track on Friday of the fair. The first race is set for 4 p.m. There was a time not long ago when harness racing was under the lights, with post time at 7 p.m. But since there are no longer lights around the track, the action will begin in the afternoon. Dave Russell and Don Henman make up the speed committee and as is the case every year, they started quite a while ago securing blankets for the winners. The lineup will consist of pace races for 2- and 3-year-old fillies, trots for 2- and 3-year-old fillies, the Leonard Baker Memorial trot free-for-all, 2- and 3-year-old pace and trot races for colts, and the Joe Strayer Memorial, which is a pace free-for-all. "It will be just one night again," said Russell. "It's been that way for two or three years now. Stakes horses are down again. It seems to be a dying business. "I don't see increasing the

number of days in the future, but we're still trying," he added. "And as long as they bring the horses to run, we'll continue to have racing here." The money remains in place to go to any horse owner and driver that break the track records, with $125 going to each, at either gait (pace or trot). In the event more than one horse breaks the record, the money will go to the fastest for the meet, and ties will be divided. The free-for-alls have provided the best shot at those track records, which have stood for years now. The pace record is 1:58 and the trot record 2:002/5. The estimated purse for this year's speed program is over $42,000. Those donating horse blankets this year include the Joe Strayer Memorial, Shelby County Engineer Robert Geuy, ReMax One, Brewer Sound of Palestine, Ottawa Nylon Harness, Russel's Farrier Service, the Shelby County Fair, Booher Chiropractic Center, Leonard Baker Memorial, Louis Bertsch Memorial, Lochard, Inc., Shelby County VFW Memorial Post 4239 and Cromes Funeral Home.

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Fair entertainment Fair week? There must be horseshoe pitching going on There's at least one thing you can count on every year at the Shelby County Fair — the horseshoe pits will be among the busiest places inside the fairgrounds. This year will be no different — there will be something going on at the local horseshoe pits every single day of the fair, starting with the Leonard Schaffner Mixed Open on Sunday morning and afternoon. On Monday, the Shelby County Open doubles and mixed men's and women's tournament will be held, and a night later, on the traditional Tuesday, will be the Class A and Class B tournaments, with the A winner being For photo reprints, visit SDN File Photo crowned county champ. C and D classes will be SHOCKWAVE IMPACT Wresting action at the 2011 Wednesday, E and F on ThursShelby County Fairgrounds Grandstand. day, open doubles and mixed men and women will be Friday and the Leonard Schaffner Mixed Open will be on Saturday. Qualifying was held the weekend before the fair, and pitchers will be going for prize For photo reprints, visit SDN File Photo money and trophies. Action begins each night at 7 LEONARD SCHAFFNER pitches horseshoes at the tournament Shockwave Impact Wrestling will return to the p.m. named after him at the 2011 Shelby County Fair. Shelby County Fair this year, taking to the squared circle on Tuesday night. It will again be held in front of the grandstands and begin at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. There will be a $2 admission charged. The match card for the night includes: • Austin Manix vs. Ace Evans. • Mr. Fitness Slim Trimmons vs. Hailey Rose. • Tx Cross vs. Grizzly House Jones. • S.W.I. Next Generation Title Match between 16241 Co. Rd. 25-A, Anna The Great Akuma and Moe Evans. 6 E. Main St., Wapakoneta 888-417-8623/419-738-8623 • S.W.I. Heavyweight Title Match between Damien Daniels and S.W.I Heavyweight Champion Eric Fallen.

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Fair entertainment Demo derby popular event at fair For the last several years, there have been no heat races for the full-size cars — the main attraction — only a feature race. That was even the case last year when a group of concerned derby veterans got together and made some rules changes, and tried to get new people to run in the event. And last year’s event also had to battle something else — rain. The

derby was almost called off thanks to a big storm that rumbled through the city that afternoon. Water is always a part of the derby, with the track being watered down so the cars can’t get up too much momentum before crashing into a competitor. But the rain made it impossible to get traction at all, and only through the efforts of derby organizers, and a bulldozer from Gille-

Kids to scramble after animals More than 100 kids are planning on participating in the Pig and Calf Scramble Friday at 8 p.m. in the grandstand. The event is sponsored by Pullins Farm Drainage and Silveus Insurance Group. Organizer Tim Everett, said the animals are brought to the fair grounds by a man in the West Milton area named Ken Wheelock. Following the fair, the animals are returned to the pasture. There are 45 kids who have signed up for the sheep scramble will be held for children ages 8 to 10 years old. The kids will have to pull a tag off of the sheep but according to organizer Tim Everett, it can be challenging. “We stick the tag on

the wool,” said Everett. “It might be anywhere, on the forehead, the neck, you just never know.” For the calf and pig scrambles, a circle will be drawn on the ground with chalk and the kids will need to bring the calve or the pig into the circle and hold it there for a period of time. There are 35 people signed up for the calf scramble and 55 signed up for the pig scramble. According to Everett, the event was popular a number of years ago but then was discontinued. When the Fair Board was choosing events for the 150th fair, the scramble was brought back and because of the popularity of the event, it has been continued. “It’s held on Friday

and the kids are all done showing,” said Everett. “It’s kind of their relax day.” Cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners for each contest. In the calf scramble, first place will receive $200 and second place will receive $100 and for heat winners first place will receive $50 and second place will receive $25. In the pig scramble, first place will receive $100 and second place will received $50 and for heat winners, first place will be awarded $20 and second place will receive $10. There will also be cash prizes for the sheep scramble. There will be a $2 admission charge at the grandstand.

spie Construction, was the event run. The rain cut down on the crowd, but once the word got out through the track’s PA system, people started returning. There ended up being five classes run, with a Fort Recovery police officer, Brandon Wyerick, winning the full-size division. “We’re definitely hoping for more cars this year,” said Jeremy Gar-

rett. “But I really don’t know what to expect. I think last year was definitely an improvement, but we still need more cars.” The biggest rule change made last year was going stock. In the past, drivers worked hard to beef their cars up through welding and other means. Now, the cars are more like they were when they came off the assembly line. That that makes it eas-

ier to build a car for the derby. The full-size car class will pay $1,200 to the winner, $500 to the runner-up and $200 for third. There will also be a compact class, with $350 to the winner, $150 to the runner-up and $100 for third. There are also fullsize trucks and compact trucks on the card, along with a powder puff class.


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It wasn’t a drastic turnaround. More of a subtle improvement to the Shelby County Fair Demolition Derby. The derby, once the most popular event in front of the grandstands, had fallen on hard times in recent years for a number of reasons, not the least of which was a city ordinance that prohibited drivers working on their cars in their front yards or on the street.


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Fair entertainment Little Mr, Miss Shelby County Fair pageant planned for Sunday Children 3 to 5 who entered by July 1 will participate in the Little Mr. and Miss Shelby County Fair pageant Sunday at 6 p.m in the Free Entertainment Tent. The winners will be awarded trophies, sashes and $100 savings bonds. The contest is organized and sponsored by Clancy’s Inc. This year’s winners, like Alexandria Gaerke, daughter of Judie and Jason Gaerke, of Russia, and Owen Hershberger, son of Andy and Trena Hershberger, of Sidney, who captured

the titles in 2011, will reign over the fair. They will be invited to wear their sashes as they participate in activities throughout the week. To get to the winners’ circle, children will have to impress three judges who comprise the panel. They will evaluate the children during the competition on their answers to questions, their poise, and their appearance. In the past, the panel has included business people, people who work with children, politicians and journalists.

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ALEXANDRIA GAERKE, daughter of Judie and Jason Gaerke, of Russia, and Owen Hershberger, son of Trena and Andy Hershberger, of Sidney, crowned Little Miss and Mr. of the 2011 Shelby County Fair.

Memorial Cruise-In to be held Sunday The 16th annual Dale Anderson Memorial Cruise-In will be held Sunday at the 152nd Shelby County Fair. Entry is free and registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The $9 per person admission to the fair admits the driver and entry fee for the show). The show will be held in and around the fair’s antique tractor tractor display. It honors the late Dale Anderson, who enjoyed showing antique vehicles at the fair and organizing such events. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and all participants will receive dash plaques. For more information on the annual event, car owners may contact Kurt Anderson at (937) 5380716.

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The 16th annual Cheerleading Contest will take place on July 28 at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand. There are several age groups that can participate. There is the cheer and dance for high school, junior high and all-stars, which includes youth ages. There are around 15 to 20 groups that are expected to participate. There will be Shelby County teams and there are also teams coming from Darke, Auglaize, Mercer and Miami counties. The performances include cheer and dance competitions. In the cheer competitions, groups are encouraged to do jumps and tumbling along with their cheers. Some of the teams will choose to do either or both of the competitions depending on what the squad feels comfortable with. In order to maintain impartial judging, the judging is done by an outside source, the United Cheerleading Association (UCA).The organization has judged events previously and the UCA has been a part of the judging at the Shelby County Fair in the past. Because the judges are not from the immediate area, they are very neutral, organizers said. This year there will be a $2 admission for spectators in the grandstand.


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Fair entertainment Natural Resource area bigger, better Lake Loramie State Park. SEEC members have announced two new partners that have joined the group for the 2012 Shelby County Fair. The Shelby County Sharpspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Shelby County Libraries will have educational displays and information about upcoming events they are sponsoring. “We would love for everyone in our community to know about all of the wonderful things their libraries have to offer, and our presence at the fair is a great opportunity to do that,” said Library Director Suzanne Cline. Library staff will demonstrate how to download free eBooks and audiobooks. They will also show the many other treasures that one can find on their website. In addition, the library will have on display— books about protecting natural resources, gardening, books about nature and much more. The Shelby County Sharpspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will provide information

about their chapter and about the “Jakes Day” they are holding for youth on Aug. 4 at the Newport Sportsman’s Club. Other partners that make the Community Foundation Grange Hall one of the most popular places to visit on the fairgrounds include; the Rainbow Gardeners’ flower show with its theme of “Down on the Farm,” along with the culinary, canned goods, grain, seeds, hay, fruits and vegetables entries. Another enhancement to the Natural Resources Area is the addition of “Know and Grow” mini seminars brought to you by the Shelby County Master Gardeners. On Tuesday at 9 a.m., Nancy Russell will present, “Using Everyday Items for the Home and Garden.” Then at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Ann Heeley will share “Tips on Container Gardening.” There will be door prizes of plants from Ann’s garden. On July 28th, starting at 2 p.m., Judy Frilling will do presentations on “Origami Pots” and “Winter Care of Garden Tools” with possibly more to follow. The mini educational seminars

are free to the public. The Shelby County Master Gardeners will also have fact sheets about various horticultural topics available. They will have extensive information about Emerald Ash Borer, its identification and control options. Each day at 3 and 7 p.m. there will be a free fun with nature craft for children. Some of the crafts being offered on various days include; pressed flower note cards, seed art, stamped bags, pinecone necklaces, old fashioned buzz saw games, raccoon face door hangers, beady animals from UV ray beads and more. The crafts are for kids of all ages. The free water play table will be located just outside of the main entrance to the building for the enjoyment of the youngest visitors. A new event for kids this year is a mini presentation on “Worms” by Lynda Adams, education coordinator for the Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District. “Worms” will be presented at 5 p.m. on Friday, with a Gummi worm relay race to wrap things up. Also new is the “Tree Trunk” created by Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District Board Member Judy Frilling. Kids will have the opportunity to step inside the “Tree Trunk” and peek out the knot

holes which of course will offer great photo opportunities for parents and grandparents. There will be drawings for doors prizes, including the ever popular garden bench made from recycled plastics from the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District and a gardening book from the Master Gardeners. There are other surprises yet to be announced so stay tuned. Kah Nursery has once again donated their time and materials to land-

scape the natural resources area at the fair. It is nothing short of amazing to watch them unload their trucks and make organized piles of various species of plants, all of which are soon used to transform the empty building into a beautiful natural resources activity center. The building will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a special opening time of 8 a.m. on Tuesday to honor the county’s senior citizen guests.

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Visitors to the Community Foundation Grange Hall during the Shelby County Fair will find two large picnic tables with fans nearby when they can eat, rest and visit with friends and neighbors. There will also be free ice water available for visitors, courtesy of the Shelby Environmental Education Coalition (SEEC). Winning entries from the Shelby County Farm Bureau poster contest will be on display, along with a banner and other items from Conservation Day Camp. The theme throughout the building is “Celebrate Natural Resources.” Shelby County has an abundance of land and water resources causing all residents to have many reasons to celebrate. Fair visitors are invited to stroll through the Community Foundation Grange Hall and enjoy the educational and informative displays provided by the partners. Partners in SEEC include; Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District, Shelby County Farm Bureau, North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, city of Sidney-Water Treatment Plant, city of SidneyWastewater Treatment Plant, city of SidneyParks and Recreation, Shelby County Park District, Shelby County Master Gardeners and

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Each day has a special theme Each day of the 2012 Shelby County Fair has a theme associated with it. Sunday, the first day of the fair, is Industrial Day 1 and is sponsored by First Call Napa Auto Parts. Various industries throughout the county will be selling wrist bands for the rides. Each wrist band is $7 and admits one person and he/she can ride the rides

all day long. The bands must be purchased at the participating industries. Rides open at 1 p.m. The sponsor for Monday is Area Energy and Electric and Cargill Inc. Rides open at 4 p.m. Tuesday is Senior Citizens Day and Carload Night. The day is sponsored by the Sidney Daily News. Senior citizens activities will begin

Thursday is Kid’s Day Children 16 and under will enjoy free admission to the fair until noon and reduced fees for rides on Kid’s Day 2012, which is Thursday. Ride bands, which usually sell for $9, will cost $7 at Michael’s Amusements ticket booths. They are good for rides all day. In addition, children can get free raffle tickets at the B&B Ag-Adantages DBA Fiebiger Inc./Poor Farmers RV Sales & Service Campground Free Entertainment Tent. Raffle prizes will be awarded at noon. They include toys and bikes. “The whole idea is to get kids to come out and enjoy the fair,” said Kid’s Day Chairman Jeff Bertsch. In 2011, almost 600 children participated

in the raffle. The prizes are purchased by the Fair Board and sponsors. This year’s Kid’s Day sponsors are Monsanto and Buckeye Ford.Immediately before the raffle, performers with the Mascot Organization will entertain in the tent. Actors in animal costumes will sing and dance during the performances. Returning this year is a kiddie tractor pull that attracted 100 children last year. Pedal tractors are provided by event organizers and children compete in three classes by age: 3- and 4-year-olds; 5- and 6-year-olds; and 7and 8-year-olds. Winners in each class receive trophies and ribbons. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and the tractor-pull takes place at 2:30 p.m.

at 8 a.m. and continue through lunch at noon and bingo at 1 p.m. Awards will be given to the oldest lady, gentlemen and couple married the longest. Carload Night begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The event includes entry to the fair and all rides for everyone in the vehicle for $30. All carload night vehicles must enter at Gate D. Carload Night

ride stamps must be purchased by 9 p.m. Industrial Day 2 will be held Wednesday. The sponsor of the day is Detailed Machining-Silveus Insurance Group. Various industries throughout the county will be selling wrist bands for the rides. Each wrist band is $7 and admits one person and he/she can ride the rides all day long. The bands

must be purchased at the participating industries. Rides open at 1 p.m. Thursday is Kid’s Day. Everyone 16 and under will be admitted free until noon and special ride bands can be purchased for $7 at Michael’s Amusements ticket booths. Kid’s Day sponsors are Monsanto and Buckeye Ford. Events for the kids begin

at noon and includes a kiddie tractor pull. Friday is Best One Tire/Sidney Tire Day at the Fair. Special priced wrist bands can be purchased at either business for $7. Saturday is Veterans Day and is sponsored by Tri-County Insurance Services and Hemmelgarn Services. A veterans program will begin at noon.

Senior Day is Tuesday Ten volunteers for the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County are gearing up to serve 550 meals in a half hour during Senior Day at the fair Tuesday. The marathon session is old hat to most of them. “That’s quite an undertaking. Our volunteers really know what they’re doing,” said Eileen Wisman, event chairwoman. The lunch is free to the first 550 seniors who visit the Free Entertainment tent at noon. It has been funded by a grant from Honda and supported by donations from FISH. Employees of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department grill the hamburgers. Admission to the fair is free that day to all people 60 and over. The Free Entertainment Tent will be the site of free games, entertainment, information dissemination and lunch for people over 60, all coordinated by the Senior Center. Registration at the fair begins at

9:30 a.m. From then until 11 a.m., attendees can visit with representatives from a number of area agencies who provide services to senior citizens. Among the agencies participating this year are the Senior Center, Dorothy Love, the Pavilion, Sidney Care, Heartland of Piqua, Wilson Home Health & Hospice, New Vision, Elmwood, Visiting Angels, Amedisys, Versailles Health Care Center and Heritage Manor. Rick Sims has organized a celebrity chair volleyball game, which will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m., Spittin’ Image will perform. Spittin’ Image is a musical duo of twin brothers who have been performing together for 40 years. Blain and Brian Swabb were born and raised, and still live in Greenville. They average more than 500 shows per year. They perform throughout most of Ohio and surrounding states intertwining

vocal ability with musicianship, and mixing it all with comedy, audience participation and a high-energy show. Top 40 and classic country mixed with classic rock ‘n’ roll is the music they love to perform. But the twins also enjoy singing gospel and pop standards from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. At noon, a free lunch will be served until supplies run out. After lunch, plaques will be awarded to the oldest woman, the oldest man and the couple who have been married the longest time. Plaques are provided by fair board. Bingo begins at 1 p.m. Prizes have been donated by several area businesses and include gift cards, as well as items useful to seniors. To end the day, at 2:30 p.m., door prizes will be awarded by a drawing from the names of registered participants who are present at the time of the drawing. Senior Day usually attracts more than 1,000 people.


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what to do at the fair Food is important part of fair day Church to re-open lunch stand HARDIN — Fans of plain, good food at the fair will be thrilled to know that, after a threeyear absence, members of the Hardin United Methodist Church will be back at their popular lunch stand. The booth will serve breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. Sausage gravy and biscuits and an egg bake are on the menu. For lunch and dinner, fair-goers can order chili, fried bologna, shredded chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, pies, the church’s famous ham and beans and cornbread, and other items. The lunch stand will be open until 10 p.m. daily.

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ELIZABETH CLINE (left), of Cincinnati, and Jade Ann Laux, of Fort Loramie, share some shaved ice at the 2011 Shelby County Fair. Elizabeth is the daughter of Sarah and Alex Cline. Jade Ann is the daughter of Tom Laux and Amanda Laux. sions: mini melts and doughnuts • Full Force Concessions: Philly cheese steak, chicken Philly, grilled smoked pork loin, hamburgers, lamburgers, soft drinks, coffee and water. • Gerlach Concessions: home-made ice cream, IBC root beer, chicken breast sandwich, brats, hot dogs, soft pretzels, nachos and cheese, water, soft drinks and apple dumplings. • Good Eats: hot dogs, beverages, funnel cakes, funnel fingers, beef sandwiches, chicken sand-

wiches and pork sandwiches. • A & S Concessions: ribbon fries, French fries, coney dogs, PH Italian sausage, Philly chicken, sirloin steak and cold drinks. • Cira’s Concessions: tenderloins and Philly steaks. • DJ’s Kettle Korn: kettle corn. • Dippin’ Dots: Dippin’ Dots ice cream. • H & W Concessions: ribeye and steak sandwiches, hot dogs and beverages. • Butcher Concessions: tacos. • Chester Foods LTD:

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lemonade, French fries, waffles and cotton candy. • The Chill Wagon: Polar Shock slushes and fresh fruit cups. • Chuck’s Foods: tenderloins and vegetable pizzas. • Hardin United Methodist Church: Lunch stand. • Hughes Concessions: Chinese-style food. • Miami Ice: tenderloins, fried bologna, fries. • M&M Snack Shack: tenderloins, grilled chicken, chopped steak and vegetables. • Myers Concessions Inc.: taffy, drinks.


Fair food. Just saying the words conjures memories of fragrant aromas and sets taste buds tingling. What’s your favorite? Cotton candy? Giant pork tenderloins? The most luscious ice cream ever? Vendors at this year’s Shelby County Fair promise not to disappoint. Offering food at the fair will be: • Shelby County Dairy Boosters: ice cream, ice milk and butter. • Boy Scout Troop No. 97: soft drinks. • Maplewood Grange: lunch stand. • Houston Community Center: lunch stand. • Shelby County Pork Producers: lunch stand. • R & B Enterprises: funnel cakes. • Peanuts & More: peanuts, nachos and cheese, water and hot dogs. • Rismiller’s Concessions: funnel cakes, elephant ears, deep-fried Oreos and ice cream. • Prowant Specialty Co. LTD: cotton candy, pizza and elephant ears. • Grumpy’s Barbecue: pulled pork, barbecued brisket and pork chops. • Kosmic Italian Ice: Italian ice. • Lincous Enterprises: shaved ice and fruit drinks. • Mike’s Cheese Shack: cheese curds and drinks. • Fun Food Conces-

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what to do at the fair Businesses, groups have booths at the fair The Shelby County Fair is a one-stop shop for information and products offered by organizations and businesses from nearby and far away. Operating booths in the Merchants Hall (blue building) at the 2012 fair will be Spirit of Adventures, Improve It Home Remodeling, Tupperware Sales-Tracy Hall, Anna Botkins Lions Club, Cornerstone Rehabilitation, Advo-

care, Aqua Dynamics, AvonMelinda Sith, Bathfitter, Cron Mortuary Service, Dr. Suzanne Shaw, Celebrating Home-Mary Blakeley, Fogt’s Water Conditioning, Home Remodelers, Kiss Seamless Siding, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Pampered Chef-Linda Sanders, Reliable Vacuums, Right to Life of Shelby County, Scentsy Wickless Candles by Miss

Kitty, Shelby County Engineer’s Office, Shelby County Family and Children First, Shelby County Health Department, Shelby County Neighbors United, Sidney Daily News, Sidney Smiles, Thermal Gard Windows and Doors, Thirty One GiftsStephanie Wilson, TLC and Velata. Setting up booths on the fairgrounds and in tents will

be Swings and Things, Whispering Oaks Gazebos, Poor Farmers RV Sales, American Airbrush, Babacar Dieng, Dennis Johnson, Dan Daley, Mr. Fun’s Concessions, Grace Baptist Church/Fair Ministries, Image Network, JLynn Ceramics and Gifts, Gutter Shutter, Upper Valley Career Center, Nationwide Insurance, NK Telco, Friends of the Shelby County Park Dis-

trict, Crop Production Services, Cut Right Equipment, the Democratic Party of Shelby County, The Gideons, J&L Power Equipment Inc., Jones Chiropractic, Liberty Group, Edwin F. Nickol Monuments, Prenger Implements, the Republican Party of Shelby County, Center Seeds, Ace Hardware, Count Your Blessings’s Alpacas and RRR Tire.

Exhibitors can receive special awards Several special awards are available to exhibitors in the Shelby County Junior Fair. Lloyd Lutz Award The Lloyd Lutz Award is named after a longtime Ohio State University Extension agent for Shelby County. Criteria for the Lloyd Lutz Award include: • Age 16 or older as of Jan. 1 of the year of the fair. • Must participate in the Junior Fair Dairy Show. • Participants will be judged on preparation of the exhibit; appearance and attitude of the exhibitor; care of the exhibit; and influence in encouraging fellow Junior Fair exhibitors. The process to determine the award winner is: • A preliminary eval-

uation will be used to select the top five exhibitors. • Final voting will be done by Junior Fair Dairy Show participants. • The voting will be done on the morning of he Junior Fair Gallon of Milk Sale and will be administered by two or more members of the Dairy Board. • The award will be presented during the Gallon of Milk Sale. Swine Above and Beyond Award The awards are sponsored by the Riethman family in memory of Frank Riethman, a lifelong hog farmer and promoter of the swine industry. Two awards will be presented annually at the Shelby County Fair during Swine Showmanship: one to a jun-

ior exhibitor, age 8-13, and one to a senior exhibitor, age 14-18 (all ages as of Jan. 1 of the current fair year). The awards will be presented to youth who have gone above and beyond their project requirements in an effort to improve their 4-H or FFA swine projects and promote and improve the swine industry. Award registration and essay were due by May 31. The essay is a short summary of what the member has done to improve the member’s swine project and promote and improve the swine industry. An interview will be conducted by the Shelby County Pork Producers. Each 4-H club/FFA chapter is encouraged to nominate two youths in each age group for the awards.

Martha Heintz Memorial Awards The Martha Heintz Memorial Award was established by the Shelby County Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee and the Shelby County Junior Fair Board in recognition of the many years of service to the youth of Shelby County by Martha Heintz. Heintz was treasurer of the Sale Committee for 10 years, establishing accounting and clerking procedures, as well as assisting with virtually all Sale Committee-related activities. In addition, she was an adviser of the Anna Livestock 4-H Club for 16 years. Six awards are available each year, one for a Junior Fair exhibitor in each of the six livestock sale specials: cattle, hogs, lambs, goats,

chickens and rabbits. Completed application forms were due in the Extension office April 1. A maximum of six applicants per species will be interviewed by a team of Sale Committee members, who will select the winners. An individual may win this award in a species for two consecutive years, and then is ineligible for one year, after which, that individual may win for another two consecutive years, and so on. Those selected each year will receive an individual plaque, which will be presented shortly before each of the market livestock championship drives. In addition, the recipients’ names will be placed on a recognition panel in the livestock sale arena.

Lee H. Archer Memorial Award A special award is presented each year to the Shelby County Junior Fair Board member who best exemplifies positive attitude, diligent leadership, unselfish cooperation, quality citizenship and hard work toward the successful completion of the current Junior Fair. Lee Archer was a charter member of the Shelby County Junior Fair Board who willingly contributed for many years to the youth of Shelby County through the atmosphere that the Junior Fair provides. He was a 4-H adviser for 20 years, worked in the livestock sale ring at the fair for 25 years and exhibited livestock at the Shelby County Fair See AWARDS/Page 24


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Fair exclusive Vase to be offered as premium at fair The Sidney Daily News will again be offering special fair subscription rates and a one-time-only keepsake premium during the 2012 Shelby County Fair which takes place July 22-28. Full-year new or renewal subscriptions will be offered along with the fifth in a series of Ohio pottery collectible pieces. Four years ago the one-of-akind pottery piece was a wine crock; three years ago it was a ceramic teapot with lid; two years ago it was an oval platter with goldfinished wire display stand; and last year it was a buckeye jug. This year’s piece is a handsome 11-inch vase. The vase, in keeping with the collectible series, features a handpainted state of Ohio buckeye five-leaf cluster surrounding a buckeye nut in the center. The piece is also decorated with scarlet and gray accents in keeping the Ohio motif. The I-75 Daily Newspaper Group has again commissioned Heritage Stoneware of Crooksville in southeast Ohio to design, mold and fire the pieces. Each handpainted vase will be individually numbered and signed by the artist. This year the

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THIS VASE is this year’s subscription premium at the Shelby and Miami County Fairs. piece carries a value of more than $50, but subscribers will receive one free with each new or renewal full-year subscription while supplies last. They will only be available at the newspaper’s booth in the merchants building at the fair. “We had overwhelming responses during the past four years,” said Betty Brownlee, SDN circulation manager, noting that supplies were quickly exhausted. “This year we increased the number of

pieces ordered by 100, for a total of 700 to be divided equally among the three I-75 daily newspapers (Sidney, Piqua Daily Call and Troy Daily News), but we know they will not last,” she added. Collectors are encouraged to visit the newspaper’s booth during the opening days of the fair before supplies run out. Each vase will be placed in a canvas tote bag. When the supply of vases is depleted, those who renew or take out new subscriptions at the fair will still receive a free bag. Special fair subscription rates will continue throughout the course of the fair, even after all vases have been “awarded” to subscribers. Due to the immediate investment in this piece of artwork, subscriptions are nonrefundable, but can be transferred to another local resident. “Ohio has a rich pottery tradition and we’re glad that we can for the fifth year offer a piece of our state’s long-valued heritage,” said Jeff Billiel, Sidney Daily News publisher. “We know a number of people have maintained collections of the pieces and this year’s offering will be a nice addition. The vase is large and heavy and will be ideal

Fun scavenger game offers prizes at fair Anyone 18 years of age or older who visits the Sidney Daily News booth at this year’s Shelby County Fair will have an opportunity to take part in a fun game and possibly win some prizes in the process. The newspaper will be sponsoring a scavenger hunt game called “Photo Fair-For-All.” Visitors to the SDN booth may pick up a new form each day that features five photos of objects and/or places on the fairgrounds. Participants must identify each item and return the form to the booth, along with their name, phone number and email address. A different entry form with five different photos will be featured each day of the fair. A winner will be drawn each day and a prize awarded. Only entries with the correct answers may win, however. All entries will also be included in a grand prize drawing to be held at the end of the fair, with a flat screen television as the prize. The TV is offered courtesy of Flint’s TV & Appliances of Sidney. for both decorative and practical purposes.” Now in its seventh year, Heritage Stoneware has a national reputation in the pottery business. Its pottery artists have accumulated more than 100 years in this creative trade. Alpine Pottery, which had been owned and operated by Lee and Debbie Ungemach for many years, was acquired by Heritage Stoneware, changing the name in 2005. The Ungemach family has been associated with the pottery

and ceramic industry in the RosevilleCrooksville area for more than 75 years. Lee and Debbie are thirdgeneration potters. A few years ago Heritage Stoneware moved the business from the old Alpine plant in Roseville to its current facility in Crooksville. Due to rich clay deposits, the southeastern Ohio area has a long pottery history, dating back long before Ohio became a state. “No two pieces are exactly alike,” said Frank L. Beeson, group

publisher of the I-75 Newspapers. “Since every piece is handpainted, all the designs might be similar, but each has its own look … its own character.” Special Shelby County Fair rates are one-year, $130, and for seniors (65 proof of age required), $110. Subscribers may also purchase six-month new or renewal subscriptions for $78, or $70 for seniors. Sixmonth subscriptions are refundable; however, a transaction fee will be applied. Due to the cost of producing the special pottery pieces, six-month subscriptions will not include the premium offers. Subscriptions must be purchased at the fair in order to receive the special pricing and the collectible premium offer. The Sidney Daily News is published Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 52 weeks per year. Local news is posted on the newspaper’s website on Tuesdays, even though there is no publication that day. Many rural routes are now delivered via the U.S. Postal Service with same-day delivery. Many Sidney city route deliveries are managed by youth and adult carriers.


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Fair guidelines Flower Show deadline is today The 2012 Shelby County Fair Flower Show (Floriculture) will be July 23 to July 28 in the lower level of the Community Foundation Grange Hall at the fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s show is “Down on the Farm.” Residents of Shelby County and those who have children in Shelby County school districts are eligible to enter. To do so, fill out an entry blank available at the Fair Board office on Fair Road and in the 2012 Fair Premium Book

on page 82. Turn in the completed entry form with a $25 exhibitor’s fee at the Fair Board Office. All exhibitors must have an exhibitor ticket except youths 12 and under who may exhibit on a parent’s season ticket. An exhibitor’s ticket permits entries in other contests including fine arts, jam/jelly/canned fruit, culinary, horticulture, grain and seeds, and farm and garden. The exhibitor’s ticket permits access to the fair daily.

Flower show entry blanks must be received no later than today at 9 p.m. No additional entries will be accepted the day of the flower show. General rules for horticultural and rose classes, as well as artistic design classes, can be found on page 88 and 89 of the 2012 Fair Premium Book. All entries with exhibitor tags will be accepted July 23 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. No entries will be accepted after 10:30 a.m. Staging will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. with judging to begin at noon.

Judging will be by Ohio Association of Garden Clubs-sanctioned judges. All Shelby County garden and flower enthusiasts are invited to watch the judging. The show will be open for public viewing at 3 p.m. Entries will be released July 29 from noon to 2 p.m. The Rainbow Gardeners’ webpage includes tips on selecting the best flowers from the garden, making hanging baskets look better, and designing an arrangement: ainbowGardeners.

AWARDS for more than 30 years. The award is dedicated to his family toward the goal of inspiring others to strive for high levels of achievement through participation in activities such as the Shelby County Junior Fair Board. Selection will be made by a vote of the entire membership of the current Junior Fair Board. Junior Fair Board “Rookie of the Year” Award This award honors one firstyear member of the Shelby County Junior Fair Board who displays

From Page 22 dedication, determination, hard work, teamwork, leadership and spirit. The award is dedicated by former Junior Fair Board member and president, Trena Hershberger, who is still active today volunteering to support the development of the Junior Fair Board members. The award is designed to challenge new members to excel and contribute as much as they can while learning the ropes of a new board member. It also intended to encourage increased participation

by the first-year members. Selection criteria include: 1. first-year member; 2. must attend 95 percent of all nonfair meetings; 3. must attend 100 percent of required work sessions; 4. displays the desire to accept challenges and challenging people; 5. volunteers to make announcements during contests. The selection will be made through a voting process of all Junior Fair Board members with more then one year of service on the board.

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SDN photo policy outlined The Sidney Daily News will take photographs of all Shelby County Junior Fair exhibitors who are the top winners in their categories. Junior Fair participants to be photographed will receive photo cards from judges. They should bring the project and photo card to the newspaper’s photo area, which is located in front of the dairy barn. Those who do not receive a card but are on the eligibility list available at the fair office during the fair should contact the photographer for clarification. Photographs are taken of overall contest winners. If there is no such award, then winners of contests with 10 or more pre-fair registered entrants will be photographed. In some cases, judges will select photo card recipients. The newspaper also will use photographs of overall winners of Senior Fair (open class) contests with at least 10 entrants registered. These will be the overall winners for whole shows when available. A list of eligible winners will be in the secretary’s office during fair week and also with the newspaper photographer on duty. For all winners, it will be the responsibility of the eligible winners to bring his or her project to the newspaper’s photo tent. If the project cannot be brought to the tent, contact the photographer to arrange a time for a photograph. No trophies or ribbons will be photographed. The Sidney Daily News photographer will be at the photo area Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. On Saturday the photo area will be manned from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Shelby County Fair Tab 2012  

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