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August 5th, 2011

Selling Wapakoneta to the world

August 5, 2011

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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.

Fisher earns showmanship title

August 5, 2011

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 “Showman of Showmen” in the Showmanship Sweepstakes Thursday in Show Barn No. 1.
As she stood with her fellow competitors in front of the announcer’s table before they announced the “Showman of Showmen,” Kaylee replayed in her mind herself showing all the animals.

Showing beef: It’s all in the family

August 5, 2011

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.
“My sister showed here (at the Auglaize County Fair),” Muir said of her sister, Candace. “She’s out of 4-H now, since she’s 21.”
She said she has had a busy schedule showing her animals.

Senator to speak locally on SB5

August 5, 2011

The Auglaize County Patriots will host a town hall-style meeting to educate the public on Ohio’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.

August 4th

Turner repeats, Paige takes top spot

August 4, 2011

One 4-H competitor had been there before. The other had narrowly missed.
Needless to say, Lee Turner and Paige Klopfenstein were pleased with this year’s results.
Lee took home first place in the Junior Fair Dairy Steer Show, and Paige showed the champion market steer Wednesday during the Junior Fair Dairy and Market Steer shows at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Turner repeated, as he also had the grand champion in the dairy class last year.

Sheep more than a project for youth

August 4, 2011

An experienced sheep showman, 18-year-old Kaleb Vondenhuevel, of Wapakoneta, hasn’t just been around sheep during his 10 years of 4-H and he doesn’t plan to quit raising them once he graduates next year.
“I’ve been around sheep my entire life,” said Kaleb, who grew up on a farm where they were raised and hopes to continue raising them long after he’s done showing them at the Auglaize County Fair.

Showing off market hogs

August 4, 2011

Area 4-H members showed off their hogs during Wednesday’s Junior Fair Market Hog Show at the Auglaize County Fair.
Participants led their hogs around the swine arena as they were judged on their size and coat.
“They want really big muscles in the pigs and a big loin — the line down their back,” Wes Hirschfeld said after showing a gilt. “They want a very full look.”
The St. Marys student said this is his 11th year in 4-H, and he started out as a Cloverbud. It is his seventh year of showing pigs.
Wes noted all of the other fair events he is participating in this year.

August 3rd

Good luck kiss

August 3, 2011

Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubba’s fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
“It’s pretty easy now,” Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. “Every year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.”
Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are “fun and cute.”

Variance given for Wigwam

August 3, 2011

Work continued Tuesday to refurbish the Wigwam in downtown Wapakoneta, after city officials granted an emergency variance.
G.A. Wintzer & Son President Gus Wintzer approached Wapakoneta City Council members Monday regarding a variance to extend the building to the north approximately 11 inches into the city’s right-of-way on Heritage Drive. The existing wall is being reinforced to ensure the integrity of the building, which housed chamber offices, and the YMCA served as city council chambers.

4-H members display control, cleanliness when showing dairy

August 3, 2011

Control, cleanliness and poise were just three of the areas 4-Hers had to display as part of the dairy showmanship event Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair.
Dozens of participants entered the show barn looking to advance in the competition. The field featured some newcomers as well as veterans of handling the thousand pound - plus animals.
“I am kind of hoping I place pretty good,” Cody Schlater said. “This is my first year doing dairy.”

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