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Fillmore County Fair 2013 ended with a Bang


Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Fillmore County Fair

Left to right: Kammry Broadwater, 7, Kassidy Broadwater, 11, and Raegan Eickhoff, 11 work at the 4-H Food Wagon. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

After a busy week at the Fillmore County Fair, the rides are gone, the animals are back home, and there is no longer the smell of fair food lingering at the fairgrounds. There were several days of action-packed fun and hard work for many, but the effort was not in vain as the smiles on the children’s faces was payment enough.

The 4-H leaders, members, and their families had many various activities and events with Monday being the General Project Day and Tuesday filled with Horse Training, Horse Pleasure Show, and Poultry show, along with the General Livestock Judging and Dairy Judging. Church Worship Night was also held on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday was another busy day and night for 4-H with the Awards Program, Live Auction, Fashion Revue, and many awards presented to worthy groups, families, and individuals.

LeeAnn Howard, 4-H Program Coordinator, explained there were three different parts to 4-H night which included the General Fair Awards, the 4-H Auction, and 4-H Night.

Jake Goeldi did a great job as Master of Ceremonies with several presenters honoring many members with awards. The County Extension Staff includes Kristi Ruesink, Karyn Olsen, LeeAnn Howard, Jerry Tesmer, and Judy Lacey.

Graduate Awards were given to Megan Witt, Lucas Kappers, Cody Hendrickson, James Knudsen, Tyler Goldsmith, Jenna Blumer, and Melanie Woods. Award Sponsors were Richard and Teresa O’Connor, of Mabel, Minn., and First State Bank, Spring Valley, Minn. Branch.

An exciting event on Wednesday night was the 4-H Auction with auctioneer Commissioner Marc Prestby and Danny Williams keeping the crowd bidding on many wonderful and useful items. Nora Gathje and Melissa Fenske gave out numbers for bidding on donated objects that had everyone’s interest. Various items included in the auction were an art set, beading basket, horse care bucket, learn-to-crochet basket, car care basket, lefse lovers basket, a beautiful necklace, a model rocket kit and a learn-to-knit basket.

Bidders were loose with their money knowing it goes towards improvements to the fairgrounds. A hot item in the auction was a wheel planter with a sign in front reading “4-H is wheely great” and a lucky bidder took that planter home for $90.

Two other top sellers at the 4-H auction were not only hot, they were “warm.” These items were pies fresh out of the oven and made by Anita Bue. A rhubarb-strawberry pie sold for seventy five dollars and a rhubarb-blueberry pie sold for $85.

The Fashion Revue was very impressive with the outfits the youths put together in the different categories. One participant, Megan Hopp, displayed her cute outfit she paid a total of $22 for and many other members had outfits they made themselves. Announcing for the fashion revue was Arianna Williams who explained each outfit and whether it had been constructed or purchased along with other details. Doug Otto and the Get Aways were the entertainment for Wednesday night.

Thursday morning at the fair started with the 4-H Dairy Show, 4-H Rabbit Show, and 4-H Goat Show. ECFE held a Crafting event Thursday afternoon and then the Armband Hours began which had kids excited to go on their favorite ride as many times as they wished or to ride each ride more than once.

The Matt Hahn Memorial Scholarship Arm Wrestling Contest on Thursday evening had a large crowd cheering on their favorite male and female arm wrestlers in the new Beer Barn. Bull riding in the Grandstand also had the crowd cheering for the bull riders in an exciting evening of thrills and spills. Kyle Monroe, 27, of Waukon, Iowa, was preparing to ride bulls with children looking up to him in awe. Trouble Shooter played in the Beer Barn giving attendees a chance to talk with friends and get out and dance awhile.

The 4-H Beef Show took place first thing Friday morning followed by a Draft Horse Pull in the Grandstand which many people thoroughly enjoyed. ECFE continued with additional crafting on Friday as well as a 4-H Llama Show. Friday afternoon brought a volleyball tournament and a Pedal Tractor Pull. For those brave (and hungry) enough a Sub Eating Contest was held on Friday as well. A Jackpot Goat Show and Jackpot Sheep Show kept fairgoers busy the rest of the afternoon.

Triple B Rodeo took over the Grandstand Friday night with several events including barrel racing and bull riding but for many the highlight was the Mutton Bustin with the little children getting brave enough to climb on those sheep, hold on as tight as they could, and ride for as long as they could. Parents, grandparents, siblings, strangers, and friends encouraged the kids as they got their turn to ride. Rhino entertained the crowd Friday night following the rodeo.

The final day of the fair, Saturday, July 27, began with a Buyer’s Breakfast followed by a 4-H Market Livestock Auction. A Fun Horse Show was held by 4-H on Saturday morning as well as an Open Class All Breed Show. ECFE continued with more crafting and in the afternoon The Middle Spunk Creek Boys provided the crowd with some Blue Grass music.

The Demolition Derby took place Saturday evening with a large crowd attending to see and hear the vehicles crash into each other and support the drivers. Wrapping up the entertainment for this year’s fair was the Dirt Road Prophets.

The 2013 Fillmore County Fair Officers worked diligently to give Fillmore County a fair with so many events and opportunities, and they should be commended. Not everyone putting work into this year’s fair was able to be recognized individually, but fairgoers understand it is a tremendous task to bring everything together and as a county we would like to say Thank You and see you next year!

To view hundreds of photos taken at the 2013 Fillmore County Fair go to the Fillmore County Journal’s Facebook page.

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