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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 30, 2016, Special Fair Edition

Six girls in running for 2016 fair queen

Six young women from Ringgold County will be running for the title of 2016 Fair Queen.

The ceremony is set for Wednesday, July 6 at the Ringgold County Fairgrounds at 7:00 p.m.

The queen and princess contests will be held along with a Bill Riley Talent Search show that night.

Last year's queen, Jaci Haidsiak, will be at the event to crown the new queen.

Duties of the fair queen include assisting with a number of county fair events as well as competing in the Iowa state fair queen contest in August as the Ringgol county representative. The queen is also responsible for organizing the queen and princess contest for the year following her reign.

Queen candidates include Kirsten Dolecheck, Brianna Dory, Haylea England, Kasydi Klommhaus, Cassidy Lohmann and Megan Warin.

4-H Pledge
I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service, and my health to better living,
for my club, my community and my world.

Six girls up for fair princess

Six girls from Ringgold county will be running for the title of 2016 Ringgold County Fair Princess at the contest Wednesday, July 6.

The princess will be crowned at 7 p.m. The fair princess will participate in various parades in the county and assist the queen in handing out ribbons during fair revents.

The princess candidates include Livia Buckner, Tarynn Dredge Brittlyn Nickle, Clair Routh, Kynlee Still and Cenadie Young.

Ringgold County 4-H Clubs & Leaders
Crooked Creek: Cindy Schlapia and Jentry Graham
Junior Farmers: Tracy & Scott Giles, Jules & Matt Daughton
Ringgold Rockets: Marcy Gregg & PJ West
Maloy Shamrocks: Suzi Schaefer & Julie Davison
Sunshine Workers: Bobbi Bainum & Melinda Shervheim
Tingley Toppers: Rebecca & Spence Jones
Twin Rivers Tornadoes: Darla Sobotka

County Council Members
Amber Davison Laura Davison Haylea England Blair Glendenning
Mady Henson Hannah Jackson Alyssa Johnson Lew Knapp
Emma Mobley Maddie Mobley Samantha Schaefer Abbey Schafer
Elsie Schafer John Shields Tessa Shields Kylee Smith
  Hallie Still Megan Warin 

Ringgold County Fair Board Members
Chairperson: Dr. Keith Miller
Vice-Chair: Jeff McAlexander
Secretary/Treasurer: Kisha Martin

Board of Directors
Dan Barber   Jim Novak   Joe Becker
Andy Clark   John Berger   Ed McCreary
Damion Bogan   Mike Wimer   Lee Martin
    Sarah McAlexander 

Associate Members
Doug Campbell   Aaron Breneman   Brenda Comer   John Darrah
Beau Ebersole   Paul Maudlin   Wyatt Mobley   Julie Neas
    Maria Weeda   Tucker Winemiller 

4-H & Youth Committee Members
Taylen Abarr   Andy Clark   Beth Christner
Allan Dolecheck   Elisha Doubleday   Amy Whittington
Courtney Tingwald   Tiffany Boles 

FFA Advisor
Courtney Tingwald

Ringgold County Extension Staff
Program Coordinator:  Judy Hensley
Co. Youth Coordinator/Off. Mgr.: Dawn Dugan

Ringgold County Extension Council
Chairperson: Chris Eaton Vice-Chair: Scott Giles
Secretary: Amy Whittington Treasurer: Judy Shaha
Bradley Bentley Scott Giles 
Carol Ann McCreary Debbie Klommhaus 
Taylor Still John Thorpe

Searching for the Best Brownie in Ringgold County

After finding the best chocolate chip cookie in Ringgold County during the 2015 county fair, Open Class organizers have created a new and tasty contest for this year's fair, which begins July 6.

This year they are searching for the best brownie in the county.

Anyone can enter the contest by delivering 14 bars on a paper plate in a zip bag, with name and recipe included. Deadline for entries is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9 in the Commercial Building.

Recipes can be any kind of brownie and cut into bars.

Juding will be conduced by county celebries, and the criteria will be simple: apperance and taste. First- and second-place winners will be announced around noon at the show arena.

After judging, the remaining dozen brownies in each bag will be for sale, with the proceeds donated to the 4-H activity fund.

Superintendents of Open Class will compile the group of recipes submitted into a booklet to be picked up after the fair at the Extension office for those who would like to try the recipes at home.

Those with questions about the contest may contact Nancy Sackett (phone number) or Carol Ann Weeda (phone number).

Open Class exhibits feature variety

The Open Class superintendents invite yout to participate in the many varieties of classes available to everyone. We have categories from photography to quilting to flowers to jewelry to baked goods!

Red Star Yeast has been a sponsor of the baked goods division for several years. They provide some prizes for the entrants as well as many packets of yeast and the yeast coupons.

Entries for Open Class will be taken on Wednesday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Commercial Building on the east side of the fair grounds. Exhibits will be released on Sunday, July 10, from 1-4 p.m. You may enter as many items as you wish in each class.

There is a preschool division (Kindergarten and younger), junior division (9 years and younger), intermediate (4-H age), and adult. To see the complete list of classes and rules, fair books may be obtained at the Extension Office or the Mount Ayr Record-News

One of the many enjoyable activies in the Open Class section is the Silent Auction. If you are a crafter, you might want to display and sell some of your creations here. Anyone is welcome to bring items to sell, with the exhibitor receiving 70 percent of the final bid, and the remainder going to the 4-H activity fund. Items can also be entered to be judged, then put out for the auction. For those wishing to purchase items, bids can be taken from Wednesday evening until Sunday at 1 p.m. when bidding is over.

For any questions about the Open Class department call Carol Ann Weeda (phone number) or Nancy Sacket (phone number).

Livestock Shows

1 p.m. 4-H/FFA rabbit show
2 p.m. 4-H/FFA poultry show
8 a.m. 4-H/FFA swine show
11 a.m. 4-H/FFA goat show
12 p.m. 4-H/FFA sheep show
3 p.m. 4-H dog show
5 p.m. 4-H/FFA horse show
9 a.m.
 4-H/FFA feeder calf show
(with the calves released after the show)
9:30 a.m.
 4-H/FFA breeding beef show
(or immediately following feeder calf show)
11:30 a.m.
 4-H bucket calf and bucket calf + 1 show
(or immediately following breeding beef show)
1 p.m. 4-H/FFA market beef show

Fun for kids

3 p.m.
 A water balloon fight
sponsored by 4-H county council
7 p.m. Mutton bustin' for kids
7:30 p.m. Rodeo
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 Inflatable attractions for kids of all ages.
Includes obstacle course, 2-lane bungee run, toddler bounce house.
1 p.m. Registration for pedal tractor pull
1:30 p.m. Pedal tractor pull competition
9 a.m. Registration for the baby contest
10 a.m. Baby contest gets underway
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 Inflatable attractions for kids of all ages.
Includes obstacle course, 2-lane bungee run, toddler bounce house.
11 a.m. Silly Sally, balloon artist, at Commercial Building
12 noon
 Pee Wee Wrangler show
(youth younger than 4-H age dress up with their calves)
2 p.m. Kids' contests in the Commercial Building
12:30 p.m. Future 4-Her pet show


6 p.m. County fair parade
7 p.m.
 Ringgold County Fair queen/princess contest
Bill Riley Talent Show
6 p.m. Ringgold County Fair cowgirl queen and princess contest
7p.m. Mutton Bustin'
7:30 p.m. Rodeo
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
 Klobnak Family performs
Commercial Building
4 p.m. "Bags" tournament
8 p.m. Demolition derby
6:30 p.m. Truck and tractor pull
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Clint Henek, chainsaw artist
east of Grooming Barn
1 p.m. Mud run

Supper, auction wrap up 2016 fair

On Sunday, July 10, the last day of the fair, the annual sale supper sponsored by the Ringgold County Farm Bureau begins at 5 p.m.

Fair activities will conclude with the annual 4-H/FFA premium livestock and pie sale at 6 p.m.

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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 14, 2016, Pages 1, 8, 10

Drew Willis showed the Grand Champion Market Beef at the Ringgold County Fair which concluded Sunday evening.

Adelyda Ebersole showed the Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Ringgold County Fair which concluded Sunday evening.

Caroline McAlexander showed the Grand Champion Market Swine at the Ringgold County Fair which concluded Sunday evening.

Showmanship winners at the 2016 Ringgold County Fair swine show include:
(L-R) Mercadez Birkenholz, senior; Samantha Schaefer, intermediate; and Natalie Schaefer, junior.

Left: A dad holds on to his daughter as the sheep takes off out of the gate at the local mutton bustin' contest.

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 21, 2016, Pages 6, 10

Open class winners from county fair released

Winners from among the 371 Open Class exhibits from the Ringgold County Fair have been announced.

Best of show was awarded to Ron Zaldivar for his watermelon carvings.

Creative arts (8 entries) - Randy Abernathy

Kit & Kaboodle (1) - Courtney Weeda

Needlework (19) - Mary Ann Smith

Housing (16) - Virginia Scott

Baking (38) - Jenifer Johnson

Canning (6) - Amy Roybal

Fruits & Vegetables (6) - Bob Swanson

Flowers (45) - Abby Stephens Elliott

Plant (-) - Tammy James

Craftmanship (15) - Jerry Murphy

Restoration (2) - Carol Davison

Genealogy & History (3) - Nancy Sackett

Large Quilts (15) - Marilyn Sudduth

Small Quilts (15) - Ronda Smith

Photography (31) - Kim Scharfenkamp

Trash to Treasure (7) - Courtney Weeda

Scrapbooking (1) - no winner announced

Preschool (15) - Ryann Cannon
Juniors (36) - Quinn and Ben Coulson

Intermediates (36) - Laura Roybal

Supportive Services (53)

The winner of the Best Brownie in Ringgold County contest was Janet Wasteney with her symphony bars. Second place went to Darsey, Daisey and Kasey Dredge with their mud pie brownies.

Books with all the brownie recipes entered in the contest will be available free of charge at the Extension Office.

Fair sales nets almost $35,000

Preliminary sales figures from the Premium auction at the 2016 Ringgold County Fair showed a total of $34,935. This is comparable to last year, as the premium sale was $34,595.

A total of 12 sheep were sold this year for $2321.84. This compares with 12 sheep sold last year for $1998.80.

One goat sold for $102. Last year there were 10 goats that sold for $1611.35.

A total of seven head of beef cattle were sold this year, bringing in $10,865.08.

This compares to five head of cattle beingin $10,158.66 in 2015.

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 04, 2016, Page 10

These 4-H club members have qualified to take their county fair entries to the Iowa Sate Fair:
(front row, L-R) Haylea England, Erin Sobotka, Natalie Schaefer, Katie Sobotka and Kasydi Klommhaur:
(back row) Hayley Whittington, Hallie Still, Abbey Schafer, Emily Newton, Alaina Whittington and Ryker Henson.

The following Ringgold County 4-H mmbers are signed up to exhibit livestock at the 2016 Iowa State Fair:

Breeding Swine: show Monday, August 15 -- Caroline McAlexander

Market Swine: show Tuesday, August 16 -- Caroline McAlexander

Breeding Sheep: show Tuesday, August 16 -- Brynn Nickle

Breeding Beef: show Tuesday, August 16 -- Abigail Barnes, Linsie Barnes, Cassidy Becker, Kade Dugan, Adelyda Ebersole, MaKayla Jones, Riley Jones, Tyler Jones, Kerrigan Mobley, Brynn Nickle, Jacob Novak, Adler Shay

Market Beef: show Wednesday, August 17 -- Kade Dugan, Haylea England, Brynn Nickle, Drew Willis

Market Meat Goats: show Thursday, August 18 -- Jolene Ebersole, Brynn Nickle

Exhibits from these 4-H club members were considered for the State Fair:
(front row, L-R) Kerrigan Mobley, Erin Sobotka, Natalie Schaefer, Loryn Schaefer, Ally Shelley and Elizabeth Boswell;
(middle row) Emily Newton, Haylea England, Abbey Schafer, Hayley Whittington and Hope Whittington;
(back row) Lacy Post, Stephanie Post, Nate Shervhein, Kade Klommhus, Ryker Henson and Jacob Novak

The following individuals were named as outstanding junior exhibitors:
Mya Sackett, Micayla Henson, Zoey Shelley and Colton Dredge.

Photographs courtesy of Mount Ayr Record-News

Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2017

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