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August 9th, 2011
With four events in four consecutive weekends in July, the cityâ€™s recreation director says it may have been the busiest month for the city parks and Wapakoneta Recreation Department crews on record.
Veterans Memorial Park hosted the Moon City Classic sponsored by Dairy Queen and Wapakoneta Recreation Inc. (WRI) on July 8-10, the Dairy Queen tournament for softball on July 22-24 and a 3-on-3 soccer tournament on July 29-30, while the Wapakoneta WaterPark hosted the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL) championships on July 15 and 16.
Bids rained from the skies during Saturdayâ€™s livestock sale â€” which saw a record paid for a lamb that eventually helped a long-time 4-H scholarship fund â€” at the Auglaize County Fair.
Bidders packed into the show ring as hogs and lambs were displayed for sale in the new hog building. The morning kicked off with a frenzied bidding for the Grand Champion Market Barrow, showed by RaNae Bornhorst. When the final bids were tallied, the hog netted $8,000 for the daughter of Terri and Glenn Bornhorst.
Domino, a black-and-white cocker spaniel-dachsund mixed puppy, sits quietly in his ownerâ€™s lap waiting for their turn in the fenced off show arena in the Junior Fair Building.
He would at times switch laps to one of Ky Knochâ€™s friends or relatives, getting a better view of his surroundings and a few more pettings on his head and scratches under his chin.
Ky, 10, of Botkins said she thought bringing Domino to the fair and training him for the obedience portion of the show would be fun and would be good training for the 10-month old puppy.
Fun and laughs were a plenty in the Show Barn Saturday evening as kids of all ages competed in the â€śBest Animal Calling and Decorated Animal Contestâ€ť at the Auglaize County Fair.
The event began with the â€śDecorated Animal Contest,â€ť which featured a pair of â€śSuper Goats,â€ť complete with black masks and capes, also worn by their handlers. The mop dog stole the first place honors, with a costume that featured a long, paper towel roll pole with a small, white dog at the end.
Hefty bids received for animals raised as projects for the fair make all the hard work worth it, several youth said after leaving the sales ring Friday.
Most also said they were putting the money in savings accounts or setting it aside for a large upcoming expected expense, including college or a car.
â€śWithout the bidders and their support it would be a lot harder to do,â€ť Zach Lagemin, 16, of New Knoxville, said after selling his dairy steer, Devil.
It was his fourth year showing and selling a steer at the Auglaize County Fair.
A local extension office set up a booth at the fair and educated fair-goers on important topics â€” including sun safety.
OSU Extension Educator on Family and Consumer Sciences Lois Clark was out at the fair in the Horticulture Building giving tips and information on sun safety.
â€śI encourage the use of sunscreen and a hat while outside,â€ť Clark said. â€śI also encourage people to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but if they have to be, it is important to apply sunscreen.â€ť
When a local business organization leader hears feedback about economic development opportunities in Wapakoneta, executives and realtors from other parts of the country and the world comment about the readiness of the 471-acre Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.
A Wapakoneta FFA and Fryburg Happy Farmers member completed a rare feat Thursday by capturing a showmanship Triple Crown.
Kaylee Fisher, who won the Dairy Market Steer and the Beef Market Steer showmanships, earned the title of â€śShowman of Showmenâ€ť in the Showmanship Sweepstakes Thursday in Show Barn No. 1.
As she stood with her fellow competitors in front of the announcerâ€™s table before they announced the â€śShowman of Showmen,â€ť Kaylee replayed in her mind herself showing all the animals.
For Ali Muir, showing her animals in the Junior Fair Beef Breeding and Feeder Calf Show at the Auglaize County Fair is just part of being in the Muir family.
Muir, 16, of Waynesfield, who showed several cattle Wednesday afternoon in the Junior Fair competition, has been showing cattle for 11 years. She said she got involved in 4-H after watching her older sister.
â€śMy sister showed here (at the Auglaize County Fair),â€ť Muir said of her sister, Candace. â€śSheâ€™s out of 4-H now, since sheâ€™s 21.â€ť
She said she has had a busy schedule showing her animals.
The Auglaize County Patriots will host a town hall-style meeting to educate the public on Ohioâ€™s Senate Bill 5.
At 7p.m. on Monday, State Sen. Cliff Hite will be in Wapakoneta at the Grand Plaza to educate the community on this new law and how it benefits that state of Ohio.
Hite, who served as a high school teacher and football coach at Findlay High School, was elected as a legislator to the Ohio House of Representatives before being appointed to fulfill the term of state Sen. Steve Buehler.
Hite also served on the state Education Committee during his terms in the House.