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Tractor pulliní and a couple of visits

By Jeff Mayfield

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[AUG. 3, 2002]  After interviewing Alan Tenhouse, who pits for his dad, Harold Tenhouse, from the Quincy area, we met a team that was in some "mini" division in tractors that looked like they had car bodies. The first crew we hooked up with was from the Decatur area. Their thoughts and comments follow:

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Q: May I have your name, sir?

A: Greg Bandelow, and Iím from Decatur, Ill.

Q: How many events will you be attending this year?

A: About 30-plus. We used to be up in the 50s. Theyíre cutting us down. Some of the fairs are cutting back a little too. Theyíre spreading them out with different events. Then you might come back to the same fair again after skipping a year or two.

Q: How long have you been involved with this?

A: Well, Iíve been pulling since 1983. I started in mini-rods, but when the mini-rods started going downhill I either had to get out or move up to two-wheel drive. So, I chose the two-wheel drive class, and Iíve been doing that ever since. I even helped my uncle, and we started out in 1968. So, Iíve been around it for quite a few years. I was pit crew for a couple of decades and then became a driver in the í80s.

Q: Whatís the biggest thrill being involved in pulling?

A: For me itís the horsepower! I mean, the alcohol, the fumes, the horsepowerÖ When youíre out there watching that guy pull before you Ö the ground-pounding shake Ö just that awesome power that you get out of these motors. Itís not like drag racing, going 300 miles an hour, but they say this is the heaviest motor sport on wheels!

Q: Best memories youíve had in this sport would beÖ?

A: Well, I think the ultimate goal is winning at the state fair, and I did that about four years ago. To go and win in Springfield with all of those entrants, that was really something special. Winning in your home town is always tough. Like Darrell Ebbersten runniní tonight here in Lincoln/Logan CountyÖ Itís always tough to win at home. Itís just kind of hard for you to win your hometown fair. Like, I can pull in Decatur, and Iíve always been the bridesmaid but Iíve never been the bride! Iíve gotten a few seconds and thirds, but Iíve never won it.

Q: How do you rate the Logan County Fair and the track conditions here?

A: Well, the track, being a horse track, is not usually one of your better tracks. But with the Hager sled that we have tonight it will make up for any bad track that you have. If you have a good sled, you can have a good show. It can let you run a little farther. With one of the older, heavier sleds it can really bog you down. But with this one here, we can fly.

 

Q: So, our local guys do a pretty good job, then?

A: The track is set up pretty good. Darrel is in charge of the track, and he does a great job setting it up. Heís a puller; heís just a great guy. He gets good people to help him. Last year we got rained out, and he made it to the point where we got paid because he knew that some people came a long way ó three or four hours or more. You know, that little money you get ó I think first prize is $500 or $600 ó it doesnít really pay for what youíve got in these motors, but every little bit helps.

Q: Whoís this kid with you?

A: This is my son, who is a wanna-be driver right now. Heís 15, and the rule says you have to be 16 to drive íem. I let him drive it a little bit here in the pits so he can get some experience. Two years from now heíll probably be driving and Iíll be the pit crew!

Q: May we have a word with him?

(He was inside the vehicle. We had to crawl over the chassis and duck under the body, which was raised to do this portion of the interview; BUT, as always, the LDN will crawl if it has to, to bring you loyal readers the real inside stories!)

A: Sure.

Q: Whatís your name?

A: Jase

 

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Q: How do you like this sport?

A: I like it a lot. I like being around it and feeling the power, the rumbling and feeling the ground shake.

Q: How long have you been helping your dad and hanging around this stuff?

A: My whole life.

Q: Were you ever scared or afraid?

A: Since Iíve been around [it] so long, Iíve never been scared of it. Iíve never really thought about fearing it. Iím just used to it.

Q: Are you really anxious for the day that you can put that helmet on and say now itís my turn?

A: I really want to do it since Iíve waited 14 and itís going to be 15 years. I donít know what will happen when I go off to college, but this is something that I want to do.

Q: Jase, do you do other sports besides this?

A: I play basketball, soccer and golf in Mount Zion, but when I go to college I want to go on to law school.

Jeff: Well, Jase and Greg, it was a pleasure meeting you both and good luck in the competition.

Editorial note: It must have been a great night for the Bandelow family. According to the final stats that were submitted to me by the fairgrounds, Greg Bandelow took first place in the 6,200-pound two-wheel drive truck classification last night. Congratulations, Greg!

Also, congrats to Lincolnís own Clark Oltmanns who captured first-place prize money in the 6,000-pound super stock division!

And congrats to all the others who placed Thursday night in arguably one of the most exciting events at this yearís fair!

 

Other fair happenings

Allan Anderson of Petersburg was on hand with his booth showcasing the use of concrete. Anderson Building Systems can build an entire home from concrete, and this technology is being featured all over the country. Allan said that the Logan County midway was as busy as or more busy than any other fair in central Illinois, and he was very impressed with the people of Lincoln and Logan County. He further stated that one sale would not only make it worthwhile but would put icing on the cake.

He couldnít get over the fairgrounds ó how well kept up they were, how friendly the people were and just the crowds in general, especially considering the heat. Allan intends to return to the fair and other Logan County events because of the great reception he has received so far.

Welcome, Allan, and weíre glad that youíve had a good experience here. We hope youíll be back often.

The LDN also spoke with Tom Peifer over in the livestock area. Tom told us that heís been showing hogs since 1959! I think he told me that he was only 8 years old at the time! And others around the barns told me that heís done quite well through the years! He said his family has now been showing since the kids were little but that this could be their last year.

Tom even reminded me that my good friend and former area resident Matthew Rogers not only did well locally, but that he once won the Illinois State Fair! I had forgotten that, but now I remember it. Just like Tom to downplay his successes and promote someone elseís.

Good luck to the Peifer family and to all the contestants during this weekís judging!

The LDN tried to reach this yearís fair queen, Amy Rohrer, to get some quotes about how she likes being queen so far. Weíre still playing phone tag. We think all of the contestants were great. But we knew Amy from our days with the Lincoln Railer basketball program and we havenít met many people that we like better than Amy. Weíre sure that she will make a great representative of Lincoln and Logan County. We think sheíll make us all really proud!

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS, Amy!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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Part 1

Are you ready for someÖ
tractor pulliní???

By Jeff Mayfield

[AUG. 2, 2002]  Some Logan County sports fans want a baseball pennant race. Other fans are glad that NFL teams are now in camp and that means that football is just around the corner. But on Thursday night at the Logan County Fairgrounds, tractor pulling was the only game in town. And if you think it is just relegated to local residents, youíd be wrong about that too! I saw friends from Springfield, Decatur, Bloomington, Taylorville and even a few from Iowa.

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While tractor pulling is not NASCAR, IRL or CART, it certainly has a big following in its own right. Judging by the size of the crowd, itís not just the drivers and tractor owners that take this stuff seriously. There was a large crowd on hand, and they were really into the festivities.

My son and I took advantage of one of the breaks to traipse across the track and get into the infield. There we began to get an up-close look at some of those powerful machines. We were also able to experience with the drivers the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The LDN was able to crash the driversí tent and spoke to some of the participants.

We first spoke with a team that had major problems getting out of the gate and were scratched.

And before I go ANY farther, I want to place this disclaimer. Iím totally new to the tractor-pull industry. So, if I goof up some of the jargon or lingo or miss some of the obvious points of the show, please donít shoot me, Iím just the informantÖ

This first interview was conducted with Alan Tenhouse who pits for his dad, Harold Tenhouse, and they live in the Quincy area:

Q: What do you think happened out there tonight?

A: We think it took our large turbo charger. The bearings went out of itÖ the seal went out of itÖ oil coming out the exhaust.

Q: Coming into tonightís event Iím guessing that you had no idea that that would be a problem, right?

A: No. No, we pulled at Salem last Sunday night, and it ran fine when we loaded it on the truck.

Q: Isnít that what makes tractor pulling so interesting ó on any given night anything can happen?

A: Thatís right. We never know.

Q: How many events do you participate in every year?

A: Probably in the neighborhood ó because we live near the Missouri-Iowa line ó of 20-25 a year.

Q: Judging by the markings on your tractor you live either in or near Quincy?

A: Near Quincy.

Q: So, is this a father-son operation?

A: No. Itís actually Dadís tractor. I manage a farm equipment business in Mount Sterling, Ill., and I just brought it over for him.

Q: Mount Sterling?

A: Yes. Itís not a big town, but thereís a lot of activity there.

Q: Is the fact that youíre an equipment dealer the reason your dad is involved in this?

A: No. Heís pulled for over 40 years

Q: Something he saw other people doing, or his family did it when he was growing up? What got him involved?

A: He went to a pull, got the fever for it, and heís been at it ever since.

 

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Q: Do you both drive?

A: No. He does all the driving, and he loves it just as much today as he did when he first started doing it. Heís 76 years old and still at it.

Q: So, when was his first year as a puller?

A: I think 1960 or 1961 was his first year.

Q: I would imagine that it is pretty exhilarating being at that start block, going full throttle and just letting it rip?

A: Right. Itís about like any motor sport. It gets in your blood and itís hard to quit.

Q: What about traveling around to the different cities, county and state fairs, etc.? Is there a uniqueness that you see in each one; or when you do 20-25 do they all look alike?

A: OhÖ every track is different; the fairs are all a little bit different. Of course, some pulls are a lot larger than others. This one has a really nice fairgrounds and a nice track. The people here are great. This is also a nice area and a good place to come and a good place to have this.

Q: Other than the thrill of competing and the awards, are there other tangible or intangible benefits to this?

A: Not really. We donít have any sponsors like some guys do, which may make [it] even more enjoyable to guys like us. Although Iím sure some of the spectators would love to see some of the high-powered machinery that is out there. But you know, those folks only go to certain pulls, and theyíre kind of the NASCAR of pulling.

Q: You said your dad has driven since 1960. How long have you been associated with pulling?

A: I can remember going to the very first pull with him when I was approximately 10 years old. It was in a small town right on the Mississippi River.

Q: Everyone weíve talked to tonight can remember stuff like that. It must be a guy thing like most of us can remember our first car!

How far through the season are you right now?

A: Weíre about two-thirds of the way through it.

Q: What has been the biggest thrill for your dad and you? What are the memorable moments that stand out for you over the years?

A: Probably right here on this track a year ago or at the Missouri state fair.

Q: What about the prize money?

A: First is usually anywhere from $300 to $500, and entry fees are only $10 to $20. They pay anywhere through five to 10 places. I think here tonight at the Logan County Fair theyíre paying eight places. So, if we couldíve got up and running at all tonight, we might have at least made our gas money back. But, we always have a good time no matter what the outcome is.

[Jeff Mayfield]

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Contest brings talented
young people to fair

[AUG. 1, 2002]  Emcee John Howard said it: "Iím sure glad Iím not one of the judges. They have their work cut out for them."

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Howard was watching the 17 performances in the 2002 Logan County Fair talent competition last night at the grandstand, glad he was just the master of ceremonies and didnít have to decide which of the talented contestants would walk away with the prizes.

Top winner of the 12 contestants in the junior division was a third-grader from Mazon, Lizzie Mladic, a little girl with a big voice and a lot of stage presence. Lizzie had the audience clapping with her when she sang her number, "Gotta Dance." Her mother said she has been singing since age 3 and has entered many contests.

The top winner among the five contestants in the senior division, Rebecca Ruben, is a Lincoln College graduate who plans to major in music at Milliken University this fall. She sang "Maybe This Time," with props including a framed photograph and a rose in a vase. She said she hadnít expected to take first place, but there was no maybe about her win this time.

Both Lizzie and Rebecca won $100 and the chance to compete with other winners at the Illinois State Fair.

Coming in second in the junior division was Danielle Shryock with a vocal number, "Hero." Second in the senior division, Heather Church, entertained the audience with a clogging demonstration to the country tune "Rocky Top." Both second-place winners took home $75.

Third place in the junior division went to 6-year-old Savannah Conrady, wearing a red, white and blue flag-theme costume and demonstrating her skill with a hula hoop to the tune of "Wipe Out." She didnít wipe out with the audience or the judges, though.

Third in the senior division was Angela Martin of New Holland. She sang a country music medley ending with "I Want to be a Cowboyís Sweetheart," but says what she really wants to be is a country music singer. Third-place winners got $50 prize money.

 

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Shelby Kottemann, wearing a blue pinafore and looking more than a little like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to take fourth place in the junior division. Shelby attends Central School in Lincoln.

Michelle Kaesebier of Mount Pulaski belted out "Independence Day" to take fourth place in the senior division. Both winners took home $35.

Wearing the Union blue uniform, Erich Maxheimer of Mount Pulaski played a fiddle tune used by filmmaker Ken Burns in his series on the Civil War and won fifth place in the junior division. Elizabeth Brown of Lincoln took fifth in the senior division with her vocal rendition of "This is Dedicated to the One I Love." Prizes for fifth place were $25.

Other entrants in the junior division were 4-year-old Lexie Groves, whose father is an Elvis impersonator. Lexie wore an Elvis-style white suit with fringe and charmed the audience with her stage presence.

Fifth-grader Chrissy Barrett sang ďRock This Country,Ē and Kayla Billington and Katie Gosda, both 10 years old, danced to "Iím a Believer." Another dancer was Justin Thompson, who is self-taught and made up his own routine.

Emily Reiners, age 13, impressed the audience with her rendition of "That Donít Impress Me Much," and Kaylie Honkala, a seventh-grader, sang "No One Else on Earth."

A threesome, the Oo Oo girls, danced to "Get Up & Go." They were Shelby Johnston, Bethany Ray and Hannah Ray, all Central School students. The girls created their own acrobatic dance routine.

Entrants in the junior division ranged from ages 3 to 14; senior division contestants were ages 15 to 22. Contestants were rated on costumes, audience appeal, stage presence, and raw talent and ability.

Singing the national anthem to open the program were emcee John Howard and two sisters, Cindy Edwards, director of the talent show, and Rochelle Johnson.

[Joan Crabb]


Miss Logan County Fair 2002 crowned

By Nicki (Knopp) Green

[JULY 31, 2002]  "We know the fair queen!" squealed behind me! I just happened to be sitting in the middle of the fan section for Miss Amy Rohrer, the new 2002 Logan County Fair queen. As master of ceremonies Derek Long announced Amyís name, the entire section around me burst into cheers and applause. What an exciting place to be sitting during the first event on the first night of the Logan County Fair.

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From the time the ladies were driven into the grandstand in convertibles to the announcement of our new queen, the beautiful and talented 10 contestants kept those in attendance attracted to the stage all evening long.

As the ladies were being introduced, pageant director Penny Kilhoffer told the audience, "Iíll take any of them; theyíre all a great bunch of gals."

"If you could personally witness one event in history, what would it be and why?" Wow! Answer that in five seconds, wearing an evening gown and high heels, with the faces of Logan County waiting with anticipation to hear your answer!

That was the question that was asked of all 10 contestants during the evening gown competition. The responses varied from wanting to witness the Beatles perform at Shea Stadium (Lisa Behle), receiving chuckles from the audience, to responses of a more serious nature, such as the event of Sept. 11, 2001.

New Miss Logan County Fair Queen 2002 Amy Rohrer said the best thing about the pageant was meeting the other contestants. As queen, Amy is most looking forward to meeting the fair queens from counties around Illinois.

When I asked Amy if there was anything else she wanted to tell me about her experience, she replied, "No, I canít believe it! I didnít expect itÖ. And Iím sweating!"

Amyís friends crowded around her with hugs and congratulations, wanting to know if they get free fair food now!

Rohrer is a 20-year-old junior at Western Illinois University, majoring in sports medicine with an emphasis on athletic training. Amy would like to work for a professional sports team someday.

With tears in her eyes, Amyís mother, Deborah, said, "Can you believe it?"

Amyís proud father, Jim, said with a smile, "I did not like the swimsuit competition ó whether itís my daughter or not!"

First runner-up was Angela Balance, the 20-year-old daughter of Sam and Priscilla Balance of Emden. Angela is a graduate of Hartsburg-Emden High School and a junior at Eureka College, majoring in business administration.

One of Angelaís fondest memories was attending the Logan County Fair as a proud 9-year-old little girl in pink showing her 240-pound grand champion barrow named Gus.

Second runner-up was Kate Wrage, 19-year-old daughter of Kurt and Lisa Wrage of Emden. Kate is a graduate of Hartsburg-Emden High School, a 2002 graduate of Lincoln College and will be a junior at Millikin University this fall, majoring in music education and vocal training.

Kate impressed the audience with her one-minute prepared speech about her business, Katieís Berry Patch, of which she is the owner and operator.

Summer Johnson, a 19-year-old sophomore at Illinois State University, was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow competitors. After the pageant Summer she said that she was "kind of hesitant coming into the fair queen thing."

 

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"I didnít know what to expect, but the girls were all awesome," she said. "It was such a great experience! All I really wanted if I got anything at all was to be Miss Congeniality!"

The 10 contestants have been preparing for this night for weeks. The summer began with the contestants visiting other county fair pageants around the state. They have enjoyed "get acquainted" parties, three mandatory rehearsals and private coaching from the pageant committee. The ladies also had a personal interview with the judges before the evening competition at the Lincoln Elks Club.

The breakdown of categories that the judges were looking for is as follows: 35 percent personal interview, 20 percent stage presence during the evening gown competition, 20 percent beauty of the face and physical condition during the swimsuit competition, and 25 percent speech and communication skills during the "fish bowl question" and the one-minute prepared speech.

Pam Birdcell from Chandlerville was one of the three judges for this yearís competition. When asked how our pageant compares to other pageants around the state, Birdcell stated that Logan County has a "wonderful pageant." She went on to say that they were "a nice group of girls."

"They all interviewed very well," she said. "They seemed to be very wholesome girls, which was a nice change."

Miss Logan County 2002 Amy Rohrer will be responsible for awarding ribbons and trophyís throughout this yearís fair. She will represent Logan County by competing in the state fair pageant in Springfield in January, as well as attending other parades and festivals across the state on behalf of Logan County.

Over $1,000 in scholarship monies will be awarded to the 2002 queen. Her Majesty and the first and second runner-up will receive hundreds of dollars worth of gifts from various businesses and private families. All contestants received a long-stem rose, pictures from the pageant and an engraved Logan County Fair Queen Pageant charm.

The pageant crew was made up of Rochelle Johnson, Amanda Kilhoffer, Michelle Kilhoffer, Robin Levi, Georgia Nutt, Nina Westen, Brandy White and Valarie White. Penny Kilhoffer has been the pageant director for the past 10 years and said she could not put on the pageant without such a great support from her crew.

On a personal note, I have known our new Miss Logan County, Amy Rohrer, for several years now through my sister, Katie. Amy and Katie have been good friends, and I have enjoyed watching them cheer together in high school and continue to get together for reunions when home from college.

Congratulations, Amy! Weíre all proud of you!

[Nicki (Knopp) Green]


Fairís attractions include
paintings and other fine arts

[JULY 30, 2002]  An art gallery is one place to view paintings, ceramics and photographs. Another is the Logan County Fair.

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The Fine Arts Division at the fair offers 66 separate classes as well as seven best-of-show awards. Classes are divided according to medium (watercolors, woodworking), subject matter (garden theme, Christmas) and age of artist. The Photography Division comprises 21 classes divided between black-and-white and color, with one best-of-show award. Lincoln College sponsors all the best of show plaques.

Renee Sisk of rural Lincoln, who supervises the Fine Arts Division, says she sets the classes based on number of entries in recent years and other indications of local interest. In 2001, for example, Sisk responded to requests by adding a religious theme class in pen and ink.

Computer-enhanced photographs began to appear at the fair several years ago, and a category for the genre was added last year. New this year is a class called Spotlight on Logan County.

When Sisk began working at the fair 15 or more years ago, woodworking was big enough to warrant having a separate judge. But since then, she recalled, some of the local woodworkers are gone and fewer pieces are entered. Now there are just four woodworking classes ó woodcarving, wood turning, furniture and small handmade objects.

Some fine arts entrants are students in art classes in Lincoln and Mount Pulaski, so the availability of classes is one predictor of interest. Sisk herself teaches painting in her home to adults, and some of her students enter.

In 2002 there are 11 classes each for oil and acrylic paintings and for ceramics but only one class for watercolors. However, Sisk says the number of people who paint ceramics is dwindling, so for next year she may cut back there and add another watercolor class. "Itís kind of a guessing game from year to year," she admitted.

Total prize money is fixed ó $1,436 for fine arts, $567 for photography ó so some categories must diminish when others increase. Prizes in fine arts classes vary, with the top in adult classes set at $12 for artwork and for crafts but $10 for ceramics. In classes for young people first prize is $6-8. All ages enter the same photography classes, and the top prize for each is $8.

Any amateur can enter an original work of art completed in the last two years as long as it did not win last year. "Competition is open to the world," according to the 2002 Logan County Fair book. In practice, however, most entrants live in Logan County.

Some artists exhibit for many years. "Itís neat seeing improvement in artists who come back year after year," Sisk said.

One of her favorites, Wanda Gardner, showed paintings every year until her death two years ago. "She was self-taught, spontaneous, very creative," Sisk said. She praised Gardnerís expressiveness and likened her style to that of 20th-century French surrealist Marc Chagall.

 

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Each work sports an exhibitorís tag, and sometimes fairgoers contact the artists to make purchases. All works, however, remain on exhibit until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Fine Arts Division classes for young people are separated by age ó 13-17, 10-12, 7-9 and under 7. Sisk, who is art specialist for Lincoln Elementary District 27, enjoys seeing the progress of current and former students. She also expressed pleasure at the increasing number of high-school entries. "Itís neat to see parents encouraging their students," she added.

The fine arts competition has seen many different judges over the years, though Sisk likes to keep a good judge for several years. She chooses from college professors, practicing artists and others who work in the field. This year there is one judge for ceramics and another for all other fine arts classes. These include oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, woodworking, weaving, and stained glass. Childrenís classes include acrylics or oils, crayon, chalk, markers, model kits, and sculpture.

Entries closed July 19 and are now recorded by computer. Still, division superintendents did not know until entries arrived on Monday just how many there were in each class. The reason is that one entry fee of $6 ($2 for children under 9) covers any number of entries. So an exhibitor can take a tag for every class and decide later which ones to enter.

All paintings and drawings must be framed, wired and ready to hang. Sisk said that in her first years working with the division she was at the fairgrounds until midnight hanging the show. This year entries must be submitted by 3 p.m., enabling her to finish earlier. She begins hanging as soon as works are checked in, but allocating space is complicated by not knowing the number and sizes of entries ahead of time.

For about 10 years Jo Ellen Maske of Mount Pulaski has supervised the Photography Division. It offers classes in nine subject areas: abstract or still life, animals, architectural or historical places, floral, water, scenery, sunset, people, and human interest. In addition, there are two classes for computer-modified or enhanced prints and one focusing on Logan County subjects. Steak-N-Shake sponsors eight of the classes.

Photos must be between 8-by-10 and 8-by-12 inches and mounted on a board no larger than 11-by-14 inches. Formerly, entries also had to be framed, but this year there are new racks to display the matted photographs. They could be delivered up to 6 p.m. Monday. No photo can be entered in more than one class.

[Lynn Shearer Spellman]


Cake Classic demonstration

[JULY 30, 2002]  Marge Knowles, "The Cake Lady," will be demonstrating her cake decorating skills at the Logan County Cake Classic. She will demonstrate how to properly ready a cake for decorating, share decorating tips and answer questions at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

Mrs. Knowles will donate her finished cake to the Cake Classic, and it will be auctioned with the other cakes at 5 p.m. Proceeds will go to the 4-H program in Logan County.


Meet me at the fair

[JULY 29, 2002]  You donít have to go all the way to St. Louis for a great fair this year. Weíre having one right here in Logan County. With rides, shows and even the ever-popular tractor pulls, what more could you ask for?

Entrance fees are the same as usual $2 for adults, children 12 and under go free. Or, you can buy a season ticket at the gate for just $7! And if you want to save some steps, seasonal parking is available for just $3.

Luehrsí Ideal Rides will grace the skyline and provide hours of fun for kids of all ages. During the week, the carnival opens at 6 p.m., but on Saturday and Sunday theyíre open from 1 p.m. If itís the rides you like, be sure to visit Tuesday and Sunday, because thatís when all rides are one ticket each (tickets cost $1 each or 16 for $15). You can visit their website for ticket coupons: http://www.luehrs.com.

Other standard attractions this year include the agriculture, livestock and art shows, childrenís scrambles and the annual talent show. Harness racing will occur each afternoon Thursday through Sunday. Judging will occur throughout the week. Click here for a full schedule of events.

The grandstand will be rocking most of the week. Most grandstand events will require an extra fee, but there are two free events: the 4-H Horse Show on Tuesday morning and the Open Horse Show on Wednesday morning. For all other events, you can reserve seats ahead of time for a slightly higher fee. Children under six are admitted to general admission free with an adult, except for Sunday evening.

One special feature this year will be the grandstand bonus and added season-ticket awards, sponsored by CEFCU. Each night, except for Sunday, everyone entering the grandstand will be given a ticket for a $100 drawing. You must be present in the grandstand to win. On Sunday, the $100 prize will be given to a season ticket or exhibitor ticket holder. To enter, put your name and phone number on the back of your ticket and drop it off on Sunday. You do not have to be present to win this drawing.

So whatís going on when?

The fair will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning at 9. Judging will continue all day. At 7:15 p.m., the Interveteran Council will host the official opening ceremony, followed immediately by the fair queen pageant. Ten girls from all over the county will compete in a quest for the crown. The chosen Miss Logan County Fair will serve as hostess for the fair. She will present trophies and ribbons and assist in other activities throughout the fair. If you see her, you will know her by her attire: a dress, crown and sash. She will also represent Logan County for the next year at many events around the state, including the Miss Illinois County Fair pageant next January. [Click here for contestants.]

Just before the queen pageant, in addition to the grandstand bonus, there will be another drawing. P&M Communications will be giving away a direct TV satellite system. Once again, you have to be there to win.

 

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Wednesdayís main attraction is the talent contest, sponsored by Kroger. Logan Countyís finest will gather to show off their skills in dancing, singing and banjo picking for your entertainment and a chance at cash prizes. The talent contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. Those wishing to enter should contact Cindy Howard.

Thursday afternoon will bring the Flying Feet Cloggers. They will perform in front of the Special Events Building at 5 p.m. The tractor pull contest, sponsored by Sheleyís Repair and FS Service, will be at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstand. There will be five classes, all ITPA-sanctioned.

Friday is Senior Citizens Day and 4-H Night. Seniors get in to the fair and to the afternoon harness racing in the grandstand absolutely free. Logan County Bank and The Oasis will be sponsoring other activities in the Special Events Building starting at 3 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the 4-H childrenís scrambles will be in the grandstand. Sixteen children age 5 or 6 will chase chickens around the field, trying to catch the flapping creatures to win a prize. Children ages 7 through 9 will scramble for a kid goat, and 4-Híers ages 9 through 14 will fumble after pigs. Youth ages 12 through 17 will compete in the calf scramble. Those who catch goats, pigs or calves will then become the owners of those animals.

Saturday is Kids Day. The day will begin with a chili cook-off and 3-on-3 basketball. At 1 p.m., there will be childrenís events in the Special Events Building, harness racing in the grandstand, and Luehrsí rides begins their bargain afternoon for kids (which continues until 5 p.m.). The winning smile contest will be in the special events building at 4 p.m. The evening will finish out with a country music concert by 16-year-old Wade Dooley.

[Click here for a picture of Wade Dooley]

Sunday is the final day of the fair. It is also Family Day. Luehrsí rides will cost only one ticket each. The Logan County Cake Classic auction will be at 5 p.m. in the Special Events Building. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Logan County 4-H. The fair will end with a closing ceremony hosted by the Interveteran Council and a demolition derby sponsored by Webb Promotions (6 p.m. in the grandstand).

So come out and see what the fair has to offer you, and donít forget to schedule for next yearís fair, July 29-Aug. 3, 2003.

[Gina Sennett]



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