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The 2013 Massac County Youth Fair had less — and more. Overall, there were fewer exhibitors, animals and projects. But there were more horses, and riders, in the horse show, more dairy cattle in the barns, more exhibits in the floriculture and food departments and more space to spotlight each project in the exhibit halls.
Not faced with last summer’s sweltering heat wave, more rabbits came to the fair.
Quality, from carefully selected and trained livestock to well-planned and executed projects, was evident throughout the week at the fairgrounds.
Special events, from the ever-popular greased pig to the brand new mutton bustin’, drew crowds ready for fun and games.
Thousands of ribbons were awarded, with rosettes for breed champions and plaques for grand champions. Those special award winners are listed below.
The champion duck and the New Zealand, Californian, Dutch, English spot, lop ear, mini rex champion rabbit were shown by Stephanie Davis of Brookport, while Courtney Bremer of Metropolis had the all other breed and crossbreed champion and grand champion rabbit.
Bremer followed up her win with the grand champion wether in the goat show, while Kendra Waldon of Joppa showed the dairy goat champion doe and won junior showmanship and Jessi Stunson of Metropolis had the meat goat champion doe and won senior showmanship.
In dairy cattle, Callie Mowery of Dongola exhibited the grand champion female, Cheyenne Lingle of Dongola had the reserve grand champion female and Allison Browning of Cypress earned the showmanship halter.
Best of show winners were Shania Vaughn of Vienna, dog; and Natalie Kowalzik of Metropolis, cat.
Kayla Richey of Galatia showed the crossbreed champion female and grand champion female at the swine show, along with the reserve grand champion in market swine. Austin Korte of Belknap earned junior showmanship honors. Chris Morse of Metropolis was a double threat, showing the purebred champion female and reserve grand champion female while earning senior showmanship and market swine showmanship trophies. Logan Korte of Belknap showed the grand champion in market swine.
Mattie Altenberger of Metropolis brought the Hampshire/Suffolk champion and grand champion ewe to the sheep show. She was joined by Callie Mowery of Dongola with the all other breed/crossbreed champion and reserve grand champion ewe. Senior showmanship was won by Hannah Miller of Ullin, and junior showmanship by Haley Schultz of Cypress.
In an exception to the southern Illinois residence rule, granted to the horse and market shows, Kendall Crabtree of South Fulton, Tenn. showed the grand champion market lamb and Logan Crabtree, also of South Fulton, showed the reserve grand champion. Carter Arnold of Union City, Tenn. took showmanship honors.
In beef cattle, Zach Parish of Harrisburg showed the Hereford champion female, Trevor Hale of Galatia the commercial champion female, Jordan Reynolds of Metropolis the Angus and the Simmental, salers, brangus, gelbveih, balancer, red Angus champion females and the reserve grand champion female, and Logan Korte of Belknap the all other registered breed champion and grand champion female, along with the grand champion steer.
The reserve champion steer was showed by Mason Bremer of Metropolis.
Showmanship trophies were won by Jamie Maze of Goreville, senior; Taylor Hale of Galatia, junior; and Jared Collier of Dongola, steer. Madison Maze of Goreville showed the champion cow/calf pair, while Collier had the reserve champion pair.
When visitors come to the fair, they see barns filled with livestock, of course, but they also get to see the exhibit halls, bursting with projects and fascinating to view. Taking a tour through here is a must for the complete fair experience.
Here’s a quick sample of a very few of the hundreds of displays a fairgoer might have seen at this year’s Massac County Youth Fair.
From the farm and garden, all kinds of peppers fill white paper plates, from tiny bits of fire to mile bananas and shiny green bells. Check out the potato dressed in a prom gown – and braces.
The flower corner is filled with luxuriant plants and colorful arrangements. Creative containers range from a conch shell of marigolds to a tiny demitasse coffee cup, while more flowers float in bowls, goblets and an aquarium
Youth working with their hands created a rustic welcome sign, a rocking horse, even a western-themed window frame in the vocational department.
Down the hall in the next room see dioramas of the solar system, prehistoric dinosaurs or a Shawnee village, along with projects from the world of science to poetry and original stories in the education and natural history department.
Paintings from under the sea to mountain streams; drawings of birds, animals and people; photographs from classic black and white to digital pictures showing the original contrasted with the enhanced version, all fill walls and tables in the art department.
Then, wreaths welcome visitors to the craft section, where they’ll see collections of shells, coins and rocks plus beaded jewelry and creative home decor.
Who sews anymore? A look at the clothing and textile department proves kids do: dresses, coverlets, pillows, even costumes for people – and pets. Crocheted purses blend color, texture and function.
Finish the tour with baked and canned goods: fabulous decorated cakes in the shape of a train or Fido’s supper bowl; luscious dreamsicle fudge, chewy cookies and tart pickles.
Out of this abundance, it is beyond hard to pick the best of the best, but that is what the judges do. On the stage is a display of grand champion projects, each sporting a purple rosette.
Lyndsey Watson’s garden display in a woven basket featured an array of shiny vegetables: red, orange, yellow and green peppers, white and purple eggplant, plus tomatoes, cucumbers, leeks, potatoes and more. Watson is from Metropolis.
Elijah Greer of Makanda had the grand champion exhibit in education with his colorful paper art project of a fierce baboon with teeth bared.
A.J. Fuller of Metropolis learned to knit from her grandmother and just kept going: her doll wore knitted clothes and hat, carried a knitted purse and kept her knitted puppy on a braided leash.
This year two exhibitors were double grand champions.
Jonathan Haverkamp of Metropolis won in the food department with his tea ring with cinnamon filling, and in the vocational department with a wood box sanded and polished to accent the wood grain, contrasted with rough sawn edges.
In fine arts, Sadie Johnson of Vienna exhibited a scratchboard peacock in stark black and white, proudly staring right back at the viewer; while in crafts she presented a dimensional mixed media project of a golf ball rocketing off the tee like a comet with a fiery tail.
In floriculture Claire Bremer’s showstopping large square hanging basket of mixed flowers and foliage featured a pleasing palette of salmon and white begonia, variegated coleus and more.
Floriculture also presented awards to two outstanding exhibitors of both arrangements and potted plants, Elizabeth Hicks, senior outstanding exhibitor, and Noah Jeffords, junior outstanding exhibitor. All three floriculture award winners are from Metropolis.
The 2013 Massac County Youth Fair ended July 20; next year’s fair will be July 11-19.