fair auction results and summary
7, 2001] The
4-H auction at the Logan County Fair was a great success. Dollar
totals for the auction, including the $1,700 Cake Classic auction,
totaled $64,583.55 this year. This was the second-highest sale; the
1997 sale reached $67,672.45.
champion rabbit meat pen was sold by Abrigail Sasse of Beason for
$800 to Apel Farms.
champion broiler-fryer poultry pen was sold by Brook Wibben of
Lincoln for $100 to Donald Wibben.
grand champion steer was sold by Sheldon Tibbs of Middletown for
$1.75 per pound to Union Planters Bank.
grand champion barrow was sold by Jason Lee to Croft Fertilizer,
AgriPlacements Ltd. and After Shock.
grand champion wether was sold by Breann Conrady to Jim Xamis
sales for this year were six craft items, one rabbit meat pen, two
poultry market pens, one junior beef carcass, 18 steers, one junior
swine carcass, 59 barrows and 10 wethers.
here for livestock auction pictures.]
sweetest deal in town
6, 2001] The
last judged event at the Logan County Fair is the best of the best
— fresh baked and frosted cakes. Winners from Friday’s cake
contest are invited to bake their first-place winners and go
head-to-head against cakes from other classes.
only possible preference given in this contest is that the angel
food and chiffon cakes get to bake first. They are again judged for
placement, and then comes the big moment for the public to get a
slice— er, no, the whole cake, less one sampling slice — when
Mike Maske auctions them off.
proceeds from the auction go to the Logan County 4-H to support
their activities. Maske has been donating his talents as an
auctioneer for this event for eight years.
Cullers of Cullers French Fries again purchased the winning cake. He
has been doing so for the past 18 years. Cullers has been coming to
the Logan County Fair for the past 50 years. He celebrated his 75th
birthday on Monday here in Lincoln.
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Home Appliance donated the use of the stoves. Without their
generosity we could not hold this event," says Cherie Lock from
the University of Illinois, Logan County Extension Unit. She added,
"KitchenAid donated two hand mixers to be given to the top two
best part now is that you can share in Logan County’s best sweet
deal from this weekend. The winners share their recipes as follows:
here for recipes of winning cakes]
and animals bring laughter
to Logan County Fair
4, 2001] Chickens, goats, pigs
and calves mixed it up with 4-H kids Friday night, and the 4-H kids
were the clear winners.
here to see more photos from the scrambles]
scrambles, one of the most popular events at the Logan County Fair,
brought cheering crowds to the grandstand and sweating contestants
to the arena to try their luck catching chickens, goats, greased
pigs and stubborn young calves.
Although some of the
animals demonstrated fancy footwork and good delaying tactics, none
of them could get past the sheer determination, skill and muscle of
the 4-H contestants, who, with the exception of the chicken
scramblers, got to take their prizes home.
The star contestant
this year was without a doubt 10-year-old Carley Bobell of Elkhart,
who wrestled her greased pig to the ground early in the game but had
some problems getting it to the pen.
Most of the other
nine greased- pig catchers dragged their captives by the hind legs to
the holding pen in fairly short order after the catch, but Carley
reports that her pig’s hind legs were too slick to hold onto.
Instead, sitting on the ground, she got a firm grip under his front
legs and hung on, and only a couple of times did the slick young pig
manage to slip out of her arms. When it did, she pounced on it and
wrestled it back into position before anybody else could get a firm
hold on her prize.
contestants circling for a chance to grab her pig if she let it get
away, Carley finally got the animal in a leg lock and, still in a
sitting position, began inching her way toward the pen. The cheering
crowd was with her all the way, with cries of "Open the
gate!" and "Give her the pig!"
willpower and perseverance won out as she scooted her way across the
arena and hauled the pig into the pen. Asked afterward what she was
thinking during the tense contest, she answered immediately --
"Have to get the pig!"
Carley was one of
nine who caught the slippery animals, who this year were greased
with cooking fat rather than the black grease of several years ago.
Not only the young pigs, which weighed in at about 60 pounds, were
slippery; the hands of the young contestants were greased as well.
Other winners in the
contest for 9-, 10- and 11-year- olds were Cody McCray of Lincoln,
Danielle Horn of New Holland, Kevin Tobias of Athens, Ethan Taylor
of Latham, Ellen Olson of Elkhart, Christina Stoll of Chestnut, Josh
Clark of Lincoln and Samantha Lowman of Lincoln.
There was plenty of
excitement in the other contests too. The chicken scramble for 5-
and 6-year-olds brought 16 contestants to the field. John Fulton, of
the University of Illinois Extension Service and one of the emcees
for the scramble, summed up for the contestants the rules for fair play: "You have to turn in your chicken alive. Otherwise
you don’t get any prize but a dead chicken."
The contestants all
played fair but some of the chickens didn’t, taking to the air and
trying to escape by flying out of the arena. However, alert
spectators nabbed the escapees and returned them to the playing
chickens were Zachary Fanning of Chestnut, Caleb Awe of Elkhart,
Ridge Leinweber of Emden, Cole Baker of Emden, Cody Conrady of Hartsburg, Riley Allspach
of Mount Pulaski, James Carter of Lincoln, Janson Cooper of Mount
Pulaski and Troy Rawlings of New Holland.
Riley focused on
winning the top prize, and in short order he clipped the wings of
the only black chicken among the white ones.
Six goats and 12
contestants, ages 8 and 9, took part in the goat scramble. Three of
the goats were dairy goats, weighing 25 to 30 pounds, and the other
three were pygmy goats at 8 or 10 pounds. The dairy goats had to be
haltered, while the pygmy goats could be picked up and carried back
to the truck.
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goats made a few tactical errors right at the start, giving the
contestants a clear advantage. First, they began following one of
the assistants around the arena, perhaps hoping for a treat or a way
out of the playing field. Then, when the contestants came after
them, most of the goats piled up in a corner of the field where they
were easily captured. A couple of the dairy goats resisted the
halters at first, but they were eventually subdued.
Winning the dairy
goats were Ryan Huffer and Timmy Carter, both of Lincoln, and Austin
Burris of Sherman. Taking home the pygmies were Max Buse of Beason,
Sarah Fuller of Lincoln and Jordan Cooper of Mount Pulaski.
Like the pig
scramblers, the calf scramblers came dressed for dirty work, and
they got it. The nine calves were nimble and quick, ducking and
dodging and making tight turns that left more than one of the
scramblers flat out on the dirt. According to a couple of
contestants, some of the calves got in some good kicks before they
But the persistence
of the scramblers was able to overcome even the fleetest of foot
among the calves, though a lot of the haltering was done only after
the contestant had wrestled his calf to the ground. The maximum
weight for the calves was 350 pounds -- some were under that, but a few
were close -- so muscle definitely played a part in this contest.
Taking home calves
this year were Kendall Turner of Atlanta, Landon Hinkle of Elkhart,
Justin Deters of Mason City, Gary Rademaker of Emden, Matthew Wrage
of Emden, Clint Turner of Atlanta, Clint Garey of Atlanta, Michael
Jones of Mount Pulaski and Nick Reinhart of Hartsburg.
Winners of the calves
and goats will show their animals next year at 4-H goat and cattle
shows and parade their animals in front of the grandstand before
next year’s scramble.
Last year’s calf
scramble winners showed their animals at the scramble this year and
were judged on grooming, showmanship, conformation and record
Joe Allspach of Mount
Pulaski had the champion steer from the 2000 scramble, winning the
grand prize trophy and also the awards for grooming, showmanship and
Holly Ingram of
Lincoln came in second, Caleb Garey of Atlanta third, Israel Sandel
of Lincoln fourth, Kasey Hoerbert of Delavan fifth, Brad Colantino
of Chestnut sixth, Josh Poffenbarger of Mount Pulaski seventh and
Matt Duckworth of Emden eighth. Kasey won the prize for record
The scramble has
evolved over the last 40-plus years, Fulton says, becoming one of
the most popular grandstand events. It started out as a pig and calf
scramble and a parade of new and antique farm machinery. New farm
machinery eventually got so big it wasn’t feasible to parade it in
front of the grandstand, so then the pig and chicken scrambles were
Fulton thinks the
event got started in 1956 or 1957 and says the goat and chicken
scrambles are at least 10 years old by now. He’s getting second and
even some third generation participants in the calf scramble.
Not many county fairs
have the number of scrambles Logan County does, Fulton says, and
spectators come from far afield to watch. All contests are
sponsored by the 4-H clubs, and contestants, except in the chicken
scramble, must be 4-H members or agree to join 4-H clubs.
highlight Kids Day events at fair
3, 2001] The
events of Kids Day at Logan County Fair ended quite fittingly with
lots of smiles. The smiles abounded as about 50 kids 2 years old and
up were coaxed by parents on the sidelines to give it their best.
here to see photos from the smile contest]
contestant had his or her own style, some wrinkling their noses, a
few tilting their heads, all presenting their best toothy and
sometimes toothless smiles, often giving way to giggles, always
pulling onlookers into the same condition, a smile.
corners of your mouth are curling upward right now, right? Wait till
you look at the pictures. You’ll want to move this to your
favorites folder for a bad day.
four judges from local dental offices had the difficult but happy
job of declaring winners. As one judge approached the second-place
winner for boys K-7, she held a blue and a red ribbon, and though
Zachery Podunajec really liked the blue ribbon more than the red
one, he still kept smiling when she handed him the red one.
girls K-7 division had the largest number of contestants.
contestants received dental goodie bags donated by local dentists.
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contest results J
Austin and Rebecca Brooks
Brady and Carolyn Walsh
here to submit your name for a Saturday morning drawing for two
tickets to "The Wiz."]
duo, 9-year-old vocalist
win fair’s talent contest
2, 2001] The
fast-moving feet and original choreography of two Lincoln girls,
Brandi Montgomery and Kirsten Gandenberger, earned them the
first-place ribbon at the Logan County Fair’s Senior Talent
Contest Wednesday evening. Nine-year-old vocalist Kayla Kubinski
from Morris took first place in the Junior Talent Contest.
and Kirsten, both 16, wearing overalls and T-shirts, clogged their
way to first to the country music tune, "The Devil Went Down to
Georgia." The dance, which they choreographed together, told
the story of the Georgia country boy who could out-fiddle the Devil.
and Kirsten have been dancing together for nine years, and their
flawless footwork and excellent coordination, along with the sense
of humor shown in the choreography, demonstrated how well they work
together. However, they recall that at the beginning of their dance
lessons, when they were much younger, they couldn’t stand one
another and even got into hair-pulling contests. That bit of their
history was relived for the audience when they came onstage pushing
and shoving each other.
were not novices at the talent show, having won first place in 1999
for another dance number. Since first-place winners can’t compete
the next year, they were not in last year’s show. The girls are
members of the Flying Feet Cloggers and also study ballet, tap and
Celtic dancing with Audra Turley’s Studio of Dance.
Kubinski, in a wine-colored dress, sang "I Believe" in a
surprisingly mature voice. The 9-year-old is no newcomer to singing
before an audience, having started to sing in public when she was 2.
She’s been taking vocal lessons for seven years and has competed
in other county fairs this year, taking second place at Princeton.
the Logan County win was her first first-place ribbon, and she found
blue ribbons, which brought prizes of $100 to the winners, also give
them the chance to compete in Springfield in January with other
county fair talent winners. Brandi and Kirsten danced there in 1999
and said they were competing with about 65 other county fair
winner in the senior contest was a local group called Star Revue,
who sang "Amazing Grace," the five voices blending and
harmonizing very pleasantly and skillfully. The girls, all wearing
black outfits of different styles, were Samantha Serena, Paige De
Chausse, Caitlyn Stoeckley, Chelsea Farrell and Jill Fonck.
place in the senior contest went to another ensemble, Siasma, four
girls who ably demonstrated their skill in Celtic dancing. Leila
Ballinger, 16, Rachel Franklin, 13, Allicent Pech, 12, and Annie
Sheley, 11, all study with Audra Turley.
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junior division, second place went to another pair of dancers,
Wesley Tucker and Jillyn Cross, also members of the Flying Feet
Cloggers. Wearing silver outfits, the two young dancers worked
smoothly together, demonstrating their proficiency and stage
presence. Wesley, 13, is from Mason City, and Jillyn, 11, attends
Hartsburg-Emden schools. They have studied dance for the last six
place in the junior division went to Allison Maske, 13, for a vocal
number, "Look at Me." Wearing a red top and black skirt,
Allison put feeling and understanding into her number.
place in the junior division went to Casey Calentine, 11, wearing a
traditional costume and clogging to "Pride of the Celts."
Fifth place went to Justin Thompson, 13, of Lincoln, who danced his
own interpretation of Janet Jackson’s "It’s All for
You." Justin, self-taught, also created his own choreography.
contestants in the senior division were Jason Seelow of Lovington
and Megan Malerich, 15, of Lincoln, each with vocal numbers.
in the junior division also included Alexis Groves, age 3, vocal
number; Max Pozsgai, 12, guitar solo; Hannah Rea, 10, Bethany Rea,
9, and Shelly Johnson, 10, dance routine; Lindsey Boerma, 13, vocal
and gymnastics; Katelyn Green, 13, vocal number; Alex Poole, 12,
banjo solo; and Laura Auckenbaugh, 10, and Leah Shirley, 10, vocal
special treat for the audience, between the junior and senior
division performances, was the appearance of tiny 3-year-old Darria
Campbell, who sang "Jesus Loves Me" and got a round of
First prize in each
division was $100, second prize, $75; third prize, $50; fourth, $35;
and fifth, $20. The talent contest was sponsored by the Kroger
Company. Cindy Howard was contest coordinator. Judges were Andy
Avery of Burlington, Iowa, and Nancy Schaub and Ginny Campbell of
Lincoln. Master of ceremonies was John Howard of West Burlington,
Logan County Fair queen
1, 2001] It
was a unique birthday present, one she says was a surprise. On the
day she celebrated her 20th birthday, Nicole Fink of Beason was
chosen Miss Logan County Fair, 2001.
did not expect to get it. I am very surprised," the blonde,
blue-eyed newly crowned queen in the shimmering blue evening gown
said as she hugged her bouquet of red roses.
single girl here deserved this crown tonight," she added, and
then named two other contestants who she thought had a better chance
to win than she did.
three judges, however, chose Nicole, daughter of Mike and Brenda
Fink of Beason. The new fair queen is a Lincoln Community High
School graduate who will be a sophomore this fall at St. Mary of the
Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind., and wants to become a large
who owns a quarter horse and loves to ride, also wants to own and
operate a therapeutic riding facility where she can help young
children overcome problems and disabilities through horseback
riding. She has been a 4-H horticulture judge and while in LCHS was
on the dean’s list and appeared in the "Who’s Who"
publication for high school students.
had entered the queen contest last year but did not win. She said
her parents and friends encouraged her to try again.
final choice was difficult, though, according to one of the three
judges, Martin Green of Springfield. "They are all six very
talented young ladies. It was not an easy decision."
think the judges had a very hard decision this year," added
Penny Kilhoffer, pageant director.
runner-up was Katheryne Stoll, 18-year-old daughter of Kenton and
Marcia Stoll of Chestnut and a sophomore at University of Illinois.
Katheryne is studying food science and nutrition.
runner-up was Erin Wind, 19-year-old daughter of Richard and Deloris
of Lincoln. Erin is a sophomore at Lincoln College and her goal is
to be a nurse.
Wood, 19, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Wood of Lincoln, was
chosen by the other five contestants as "Miss
Congeniality." She is a sophomore at Eastern Illinois
University and a pole-vaulter who qualified for the national
other two contestants were Anna Schmidt, 19, daughter of Gary and
Kathy Schmidt of Lincoln, a sophomore at Lincoln College and a
nursing major; and Ginnifer Sparks, 19, daughter of Steve and
Patricia Sparks of Emden, a sophomore at Greenville College, where
she is training for the youth ministry.
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choose the queen, the three judges, all from out of town,
interviewed contestants before the pageant, then judged them on
swimsuit and evening gown competition. Contestants also gave a
one-minute speech, either about the most memorable moment in their
lives or the most influential person they have known. They were also
required to answer a question they had not heard ahead of time. This
year, the question was: "If you were loading Noah’s Ark
today, what three things, besides the animals, would you
2001 queen, Nicole will take over the duties of last year’s queen,
Elizabeth Stoll, who said goodbye to her crown and her fans at the
pageant. Elizabeth, daughter of Kenton and Marcia Stoll, is
have loved every minute of serving as your Logan County Fair
queen," she told the crowd. "There’s no place like Logan
County." She thanked friends, family and the members of the
pageant crew and got a round of applause as she left the runway.
will preside over events during the rest of the fair and travel to
other county fairs as well. In January she will go to Springfield to
compete with other county fair queens for the title of Miss Illinois
County Fair. The winner will be hostess for the Illinois State Fair
and the ambassador of the state of Illinois at all county fairs in
than a dozen queens from other county fairs attended the pageant,
including several Junior Miss and Little Miss queens. Two former
Logan County fair queens, 1998 winner Shannon Sandel and 1982 winner
Kimberly Crane (Kim Manning), also attended the pageant.
director Penny Kilhoffer described this year’s contestants as
"a wonderful groups of girls, very easy to work with and very
supportive of each other."
for the queen contest started in June, with the six contestants
visiting other county fairs. They attended three workshops and held
three rehearsals, learning modeling skills and practicing speeches,
Members of the pageant
crew include Rochelle Johnson, Valerie White, Helen Miller, Georgia
Nutt and Nina Westen. Escorts for the contestants were Joe Farris of
Mount Pulaski and Bradley Stoll of Chestnut. Derek Long of New
Berlin was master of ceremonies.
here to read Monday, July 27, article:
great contestants prepared for Logan County Fair queen contest,"
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