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August 5th, 2011
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.
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 yearâ€™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.
An experienced sheep showman, 18-year-old Kaleb Vondenhuevel, of Wapakoneta, hasnâ€™t just been around sheep during his 10 years of 4-H and he doesnâ€™t plan to quit raising them once he graduates next year.
â€śIâ€™ve been around sheep my entire life,â€ť said Kaleb, who grew up on a farm where they were raised and hopes to continue raising them long after heâ€™s done showing them at the Auglaize County Fair.
Area 4-H members showed off their hogs during Wednesdayâ€™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.
â€śThey want really big muscles in the pigs and a big loin â€” the line down their back,â€ť Wes Hirschfeld said after showing a gilt. â€śThey want a very full look.â€ť
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.
Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubbaâ€™s fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
â€śItâ€™s pretty easy now,â€ť Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. â€śEvery year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.â€ť
Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are â€śfun and cute.â€ť
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 cityâ€™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.
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.
â€śI am kind of hoping I place pretty good,â€ť Cody Schlater said. â€śThis is my first year doing dairy.â€ť