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August 3rd, 2012
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.
The community once again is invited to take part in a national night out against crime.
For eight years, the Wapakoneta Police Department has joined national efforts to take part in a night meant as a unique crime and drug prevention effort designed to heighten awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Two Memorial High School graduates left the stage Monday as the latest in a long-line of royalty as the king and queen of the 160th Auglaize County Fair.
When Sarah Wilker’s name was announced as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she was surprised, even shedding a few tears after her emotional win.
“I was shocked,” Wilker said. “It’s definitely a great honor, and I’m very honored to represent Auglaize County.”