August 6th, 2012
One Wapakoneta area family returned home Saturday from the Auglaize County Fair with a few more “kids” than when they arrived at the fairgrounds a week ago.
Enduring nine hours of labor in Friday’s heat and humidity and dealing with nerves of giving birth for the first time, the long-awaited event would soon arrive for the soon-to-be mother in front of a crowd gathered around her.
Then the miraculous moment occurred.
An impaired Wapakoneta man struck the cruiser of a trooper from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and then attempted to flee the scene.
A Wapakoneta man was killed in a wrong-way collision early Saturday morning on Interstate 75 near Cridersville.
At 12:55 a.m., dispatchers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) began receiving several reports of a pickup truck being driven south in the northbounds lanes and troopers from both the Wapakoneta and Lima posts responded in an attempt to intercept the wrong-way motorist.
OSHP Commander Lt. Scott Carrico said before they were able to reach the motorist, he struck a commercial motor vehicle in a head-on collision.
A new store recently opened on Willipie Street is helping customers get top dollar out of items they decided to part with to make extra cash.
Melinda and Ritchie recently opened Just Stuff, which specializes in helping people get the maximum amount out of items they have chosen to sell on Ebay.
â€śI think a lot of it haas to do with the economy,â€ť Rodney Ritchie said. â€śPeople are looking for a little extra money. They are taking their collectables off of the shelf or out of the closet.â€ť
One new record was set with the sale of the champion market barrow and 30 buyers came together to donate thousands toward a scholarship during Fridayâ€™s market lamb and hog shows.
Slade Oenâ€™s grand champion market barrow sold for $13,000 during Fridayâ€™s Auglaize County Junior Fair Livestock Sale, besting the previous record set in 2011 by $2,500. RaNae Bornhorst sold the grand champion barrow last year.
A list of 30 buyers came together to purchase Oenâ€™s hog.
Meanwhile, Diana Heitkamp brought in $4,000 for her reserve champion market barrow.
Local interdenominational Christian organization Children Choosing Christ came up with a novel way to teach children the basics of the Christian faith with â€śDinosaur Dig: Phenomenal Findâ€ť this week at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The interdenominational campaign, which is supported by several area churches, has been at scheduled to be at 10 county fairs across the state, with the Auglaize Fair being the fourth.
Between sketching out diagrams of a chicken in their notebook to taking notes from a friend on a dairy cow, the top showmen at the Auglaize County Fair tried to learn how to show other animals in less than a week.
The Showman of Showmen Sweepstakes yielded its typical eight contestants competing for the title of top showman at the fair.
For some, family night at the Auglaize County Fair is an annual tradition. People come out to enjoy truck driving, livestock shows, amusement rides or to eat that deep-fried funnel cake they allow themselves to have once a year.
But for one family the Auglaize County Fair is more than a festival, it is a tribute to their father, a tribute that is now a nine-year family tradition. Every summer the Chiles family makes their way back to Wapakoneta from across the country for the fair.
Six local students recently made a trip to Germany as part of an exchange program with Wapakoneta’s sister city, Lengerich, Germany.
A pair of St. Marys siblings could be found Wednesday afternoon preparing their calves for the upcoming show.
Lee Ann Bertke and her brother, Todd, were brushing their two calves, creating shiny coats, and making sure they were in tip-top condition for the judges before the Junior Fair Beef Breeding and Feeder Calf Show.
“My favorite part is showing how much I accomplished and just going out there and having fun,” Lee Ann said.