Veterans enjoy day of tribute at the Illinois State Fair
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[AUG. 15, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- On Sunday, the Lincoln Stage at
the Illinois State Fair provided the setting for the honoring of
armed forces past and present. Roy Dolgos, director of the Illinois
Department of Veterans' Affairs, hosted the event. Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and military officials addressed the
crowd. The Marine Corps Silent Drill Team also provided a musical
tribute to our nation's veterans.
Husband and hog calling competition entertains fairgoers on
The annual husband- and hog-calling contest
was another crowd favorite, with a variety of different sounds and
styles of calling. The event was sponsored by Hog Inc., which
awarded cash prizes to the top three finishers. Placing first in the
hog-calling contest was Chris Karr of Seymour. Second place went to
Joe Rhodes of Effingham, and the third-place title went to Lisa Reed
of Springfield. In the husband-calling contest, Sherry Day of
Springfield received first place, Kelley Tierney of Cornland placed
second, and Joanne Bravato of Cresthill took third. Along with the
cash prizes from Hog Inc., the Illinois State Fair will provide
premiums to the first-place winners.
Knox County teen wins 2006 Illinois State Fair Sheep Show
A Suffolk wether named Ernie helped Sarah DeSchepper, 13, to the
top two honors for sheep at the Illinois State Fair.
In just her third year at the Junior Show, DeSchepper was awarded
the grand champion title, pending verification, as well as the Land
of Lincoln award given to the best wether born and raised in the
state of Illinois.
Sarah will sell Ernie in the governor's Sale of Champions on
Tuesday. She is uncertain how she'll spend the money from the
auction but said she would "probably put some of it in the bank."
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The daughter of Rich and Beth DeSchepper, Sarah will be in the
eighth grade at ROWVA Junior High this fall. She is a member of the
Cloverleaf 4-H Club in Knox County.
This year's reserve grand champion honors went to 14-year-old
Jared Whitcomb and his Hampshire-Suffolk crossbreed. The son of Ed
and Coni Whitcomb of Greenview, Jared is a member of the Greenview
Boosters 4-H Club in Menard County. Jared showed the 2005 grand
2006 grand champion steer is first big win for Kane County youth
Nineteen-year-old Brock Foster of Kane County had never won a
title bigger than at his county fair until Saturday night, when his
1,280-pound crossbred steer was named the grand champion steer at
the 2006 Illinois State Fair, pending verification. "We call him
Little One because all my other steers are much bigger framed,"
Foster said. He feeds his steers with show feed, "and as the shows
get closer, the harder I work," he said. His hard work has paid off
this season. In addition to the state fair title, Little One won
third overall at the University of Illinois spring show.
Johnna Thompson's 1,314-pound steer, a crossbred from Friction,
was named this year's reserve grand champion. Thompson won the grand
champion title last year.
For the first time the Land of Lincoln grand champion will also
be included in the Sale of Champions, which will begin at 6 p.m.
State Fair news release]