August 3rd, 2012
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.
With drought conditions likely resulting in crop failure and drying up any cash reserves set aside by Ohio farmers, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to match the U.S. Senate and pass their five-year farm bill instead of the House’s “fairly pathetic” one-year deal.
Twenty supplemental contracts for the 2012-13 school year were approved by the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education during a regular meeting this week.
Contracts approved pending satisfactory completion of criminal records checks include:
• Suzanne Temple, half adviser for Art Club, approximately $1,023.
• Kim Wheeler, half adviser for Art Club, approximately $906.
• Adam Friemering, Academic Team, approximately $2,047.
• Lisa Romer, French Club, approximately $2,047.
The goal is simple, the local Lion’s Club International district governor says, regarding their newest public service project.
When Ryan Schwieterman’s not in school during the summer, he is studying to be as knowledgeable as he can about his 4-H project in preparation for the Auglaize County Fair.
“You have to know a lot of stuff,” the 11-year-old said Tuesday during the rabbit show at the fair.
In addition to his studies, Ryan, who was showing rabbits for the third time on Tuesday, also keeps busy taking care of his four rabbits.
“I’ve groomed them, cut their toe nails,” Ryan said.