It’s always fun at the fair…2014 Slope County Farmers Fair

Fair time is fun time. And at the Slope County Farmers Fair this year, fairgoers got a little something extra at their time on the fairgrounds, moisture.

 Adelynn Van Daele (L) and Emberly VanDaele (R) stand in front of their tall corn stalks that earned them purple ribbons.
Adelynn Van Daele (L) and Emberly VanDaele (R) stand in front of their tall corn stalks that earned them purple ribbons.

Posted August 29, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Fair time is fun time. And at the Slope County Farmers Fair this year, fairgoers got a little something extra at their time on the fairgrounds, moisture.

Add in a nip in the air, and the people going to the fair got a different environment than usual as overcast and some wind crept over the region all weekend.

Alas, the weekend went by and the weather deterred some but still many came out to check the exhibits, eat some food and enjoy the company of people from around the area.

“We were down a little bit, but compared to what I thought, for sure I thought it would be a total flop,” said Shelby Hewson, Slope County Extension Officer and Secretary of the Slope County Fairboard. “We were really impressed with how many people turned out.”

Rain, rain go away…

Judges at this year's fair needed raincoats to keep dry and continue judging as the rain poured most of the day Saturday
Judges at this year’s fair needed raincoats to keep dry and continue judging as the rain poured most of the day Saturday

Though the rain didn’t scare all fairgoers away, it did stop the weekend from having all of the scheduled activities.

Mud Volleyball was cancelled because of the temperature. According to Hewson, a few teams showed up, but the temperature outside was too low to hold the event, though mud was not short in supply during the wet weekend.

Another event that just couldn’t be held was the NWBRA Open 4D Barrel Race competition. The muddy arena was in a less than desirable condition to hold the event.

The third event that was canceled was the Virgil and Ben Hiller Memorial Horseshoe Tourney. Some people tossed horseshoes around for a little while, but the overall competition was not held.

Not completely cancelled but somewhat rescheduled was the Funflatables Bounce Houses. Originally scheduled to them for four hours on Saturday, and four hours on Sunday was rescheduled for eight hours on Sunday, so the kids were able to enjoy the inflatable play places.

Good food, good cause

As always, the fair offered great food. Throughout the weekend various groups and entities served all kinds of food and treats.

The Lebanon Lutheran Church operated a hamburger stand. The Slope County 4H’ers organized and operated a concession stand that served a variety of treats like popcorn. Serving meals in the Community Center on the fairgrounds was the Slope/Bowman Lutheran Youth Organization.

Friday night was a treat for meat and rub connoisseurs. Starting at 5pm, the Slope County Fairboard held a rib cook-off. At $10 per plate, people could taste the great recipes of five teams entering the contest.

Taking third place was the Brad Rustan team. Placing second was the Gary Burkhardsmeier team. And winning it all was the Olie Goldberg team.

Each year to cap the fair off, the board holds a supper to raise money for donation. They select someone within the county who could use some help financially, and this year the proceeds were split between two people.

Sage Ouradnik and Harold Narum are two Slope County residents battling cancer, and to assist them in their fight the fair board took the proceeds and donated it to each of them.

Along with the money raised from the meal, a pedal tractor was auctioned off (multiple times after the winners kept returning it to the auctioneer) and raised over $6,000. Between the food and the tractor auction, close to $9,000 was raised. The pedal tractor was then given to Sage Ouradnik.

Food left overs were sold for $10 per bag at the end of the events.

The annual Slope County Fair raffle

Kirkland Meschke stands next to the ticket spinner for the raffle.
Kirkland Meschke stands next to the ticket spinner for the raffle.

Each year the Slope County Farmers Fair hosts a big raffle. This year the raffle had 30 prizes to give away, and donations came from all around the area including Amidon, Marmarth, Rhame, Bowman, Scranton, Dickinson, and New England.

The grand prize this year was a $550 gift certificate to LL Creations (Leon and Lyn Hewson) Plasma Cut Art.

The group sold, according to Dorothy Meschke, sold about 3,000 tickets.

Donating to the raffle was White Butte Trading Post, Mo’s Bunker Bar, Lebanon ALCW, Pastime Club & Steakhouse, Little Missouri Smoke Shop, Marmarth Cafe & Mini Store, Waterhole Bar, Able INC., Woodley Construction Supply INC, Jabbr’s Family Restaraunt, Gary’s Jack and Jill, Flower Nook, Wells Fargo, Windy’s Pizza & Bar, Bowman Cenex, Northwest Tire, Bowman County Pioneer, Nodak Mutual Insurance, Bowman Glass, Scranton Equity, Next Door Pizza, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Sax Motors, Consolidated, American Bank Center, Dakota General, Fitterer Oil Co., The B.A.R., Wolf Boyd & Glass.

4H’ers weathered the storm to show their exhibits for a chance at a ribbon

2014 Parade of Champions Photo courtesy of Wendy Stuber
2014 Parade of Champions
Photo courtesy of Wendy Stuber

 

The 4H exhibits were up this year, according to Hewson.

“That [exhibits] was actually up this year, it was about the same [4H’ers] but kids brought more projects this year,” Hewson said.

There were around 50 4H’ers  that submitted exhibits or showed animals at this year.

Interview judges inlcuded Camie Janikowski, LaWanna Wilhelm, Faye Schiwal, Sherrie Nutter, Sydnee Kidd, Howard Schiwal, Dana Eagon, Joy Kinsey, Tessa Thomas and Scott Bachmeier.

Open Class judging included Linda Clark, Dana Eagon, Stephanie Frenzel, Robin Blankenship, and LaWanna Wilhelm.

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